CIHR Funding Opportunity Pre-Announcement: COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

For More Information

This funding opportunity is anticipated to be launched the week of May 31, 2021.

Please visit the CIHR website for additional information including:

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The intent of this funding opportunity is to:

  • Support research that will inform effective strategies to improve COVID-19 vaccine confidence and in turn, uptake, among populations experiencing systemic inequities, conditions of marginalization, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous) communities and/or among populations who are historically under-vaccinated.
  • Encourage the consideration of structural, contextual, intersectional and historical barriers influencing risk perceptions and health behaviours related to vaccination across multiple levels (e.g., individual, community, population). Collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders such as communities, knowledge users, healthcare providers, thought leaders and Indigenous Leaders, Elders and Knowledge Keepers to leverage existing resources and capacity within communities to improve vaccine confidence will be needed. 

Important dates:

  • Program launch: week of May 31, 2021
  • Application deadline: week of July 19, 2021
  • Funding start date: September 1, 2021

Maximum Project Value

$50,000 per year for up to two years.

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.

How to Apply

Preliminary application details

  • The team must involve, at least one knowledge user (either a public health authority, health system decision-maker, health professional, policy-maker, Indigenous Elder or Knowledge Keeper, or community leader) as a Principal Knowledge User.
  • For research involving Indigenous Peoples this funding opportunity seeks applicants who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or provide evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples.
  • Application requirements for the Full Application will be outlined in the Funding Opportunity details. Full applications include a proposal (up to 5-pages for English applications and 6-pages for French application) and are expected to outline how the application addresses the objectives.
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