CIHR: COVID-19 Knowledge Synthesis Network - Operating Grant


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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This funding opportunity is part of the Government of Canada's continued response to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will enable the coordination, prioritization, and development of rapid and timely knowledge syntheses and evidence-based products to ensure the Canadian and international response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be informed by the best available science. 

There is a need to fill two critical gaps within the Canadian knowledge synthesis space in the response to COVID-19:

  1. The development of rigorous and rapid knowledge syntheses, on a broad scope of topics related to COVID-19, to address evidence needs of Canadian knowledge users, most notably decision-makers at the Federal, Provincial, and/or Territorial levels; and
  2. Strengthened and deliberate national and international coordination across knowledge synthesis bodies as a means to promote best practices, disseminate Canadian products, and improve efficiencies in the production of reviews in the context of COVID-19.

The objective of this funding opportunity is to support a knowledge synthesis network designed to collaborate and rapidly respond to the need for synthesized evidence across the full breadth of Canada's COVID-19 pandemic response (including public-health measures, clinical management, health-system arrangements, and economic and social impacts). Through a highly collaborative approach, the knowledge synthesis network is expected to:

  • Produce rapid knowledge syntheses and associated evidence-based products (e.g., evidence profiles) related to the COVID-19 pandemic, based on current evidence and that responds to an identified evidence need;
  • Provide decision-makers with high-quality, timely, accessible and relevant evidence for the rapid translation of knowledge into policy, practice and/or clinical guidelines to address the immediate response to the pandemic; and
  • Address evidence gaps and build the evidence base for the response to COVID-19;
  • Enhance national and international coordination across knowledge synthesis experts and organizations involved in producing COVID-19 related products.

Please note, the collection of primary data or activities related to primary research are not meant to be supported through this funding opportunity.


  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be an independent researcher.
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be appointed at a CIHR eligible institution at the time of application 
  3. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and submit a Certificate of Completion. Select and complete the training module most applicable to your project. Applicants are encouraged to review the "How to integrate sex and gender in research" section on the CIHR website.
  4. An applicant can only submit one application as a Nominated Principal Applicant.

Funding Availability

The maximum amount available through this funding opportunity is for one grant of up to $1,000,000.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

One year

This grant is non-renewable

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.

External Deadline

Mandatory Expression of Interest: Applicants are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by email to prior to beginning their full application. See How to Apply for more details.

Full Applications may be submitted starting November 6, 2020.

Internal Deadline

Application: Applicant to submit a copy of application, signature pages, letters of collaboration and letters of support along with a completed OR5 form to:


External Deadline

Application: Applicant to submit complete application along with signed signature pages via ResearchNet

To complete your Full Application, follow the instructions in the Grants – Application Guidelines along with any additional instructions found under "Specific Instructions".

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Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
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