CIHR: Catalyst Grant - Quadruple Aim and Equity


The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), in partnership with the Institute of Aging (IA), the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), and the CMA Foundation


Catalyst Grant : Quadruple Aim and Equity

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the CIHR - ResearchNet website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The Quadruple Aim is centred on four overarching goals to redesign health care systems: improve the patient experience of care; improve the health of populations; improve the health care provider experience; and improve value for money. 

Research has a critical role to play in accelerating the identification, implementation, evaluation and spread of health care delivery system innovations with the greatest potential to achieve the Quadruple Aim and health equity for all. In recent years, several Canadian provinces and territories have made significant changes to the financing, governance, funding and delivery of health care services, including public health services. Select examples of these changes include the shift away from regionalized towards centralized governance models of public health and healthcare delivery, implementation of integrated care delivery systems, interdisciplinary team-based models for primary health care delivery with incentive-based funding and, most recently, large-scale implementation of virtual health care services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The research must be co-lead by an independent researcher and a knowledge user* with direct experience in the relevant research area. One must be listed as the Nominated Principal Applicant.< >If the Nominated Principal Applicant is an independent researcher, you must also identify an Applicant who is a Principal Knowledge User.If the Nominated Principal Applicant is a knowledge user, you must also identify a Principal Applicant who is an independent researcher.The Nominated Principal Applicant (independent research or knowledge user) must be affiliated with an eligible institution authorized to administer CIHR funds at the time of funding.
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant is required to complete one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health. The NPA must submit a Certificate of Completion in order for grant funds to be released (see How to Apply section).  For additional information on sex, gender and health research, applicants are encouraged to review the How to integrate sex and gender in research section on the CIHR website.
  3. For any research applications involving Indigenous populations (including First Nations, Inuit and Métis) the research team must include at least one member who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or demonstrates a track record of meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples.

CMA Foundation-Specific Eligibility Requirements

Funding Availability

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2,600,000, enough to fund approximately 26 grants. 

Maximum Project Value

  • $500,000 is available to fund 5 applications relevant to the CIHR-IPPH Pool.
  • $400,000 is available to fund 4 applications relevant to the CMA Foundation Pool
  • $100,000 is available to fund 1 application relevant to the CIHR-IMHA Pool.
  • $1,600,000 is available to fund 16 applications relevant to the CIHR - IHSPR Pool. Of this $1,600,000, $100,000 is available to fund 1 application relevant to the CIHR-IA relevant research area
  • Applications relevant to each pool will be funded top down in order of ranking. Remaining applications in the competition will be pooled together and funded in rank order.

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of application, routning slip and signed signature pages, along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant to submit to sponsor directly via ResearchNet.

Follow the instructions in the Grant – Application Guidelines, along with any additional instructions found under "Specific Instructions" on the CIHR - ResearchNet website

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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