CIHR: Health Effects of Vaping - Catalyst Grant

Updated Information

NEW External Deadline for Registration: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:00 pm

NEW Internal Deadline for Application: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 11:59 pm

NEW External Deadline for Application: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 8:00 pm


The CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), the CIHR Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), and the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health, and Addiction (INMHA), in partnership with Canadian Cancer Society

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There are growing concerns with the rapid rise in vaping in Canada and the associated health effects. As vaping products continue to increase in popularity, particularly among youth, there is a growing need for research evidence to advance our understanding of vaping behaviours, associated health effects (including vaping-associated lung illness [VALI] and other lung injury), vascular changes, and mental health and addiction impacts.The lack of evidence on the health effects of vaping of cannabis products (including extracts), particularly in light of the recent legalization of cannabis extracts in Canada, is another key area where further research is needed.

This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas:

  • Youth vaping of nicotine, cannabinoid extracts, THC, and other compounds
  • Short and/or long-term health effects of vaping (including lung injury in youth and/or adults)
  • Behaviours and associated health and social impacts of vaping product use (youth and/or adults)
  • Mental health, addiction and dependence in the context of vaping (youth and/or adults)
  • Vaping policy issues related to youth and/or adults
  • Vaping and oral health (youth and/or adults)
  • Other areas related to the health consequences of vaping in youth and/or adults

Studies using preclinical models, mechanistic, human and/or population-based approaches are eligible.

Differences exist in the use of vaping products, making sex and/or gender issues an important component of this research initiative.

Research projects exploring the use of vaping as a smoking cessation tool or as a harm reduction strategy are not eligible for this funding opportunity. 


  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be independent researcher at the time of application.  
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be appointed at an eligible institution (see the CIHR Application Administration Guide – Part 4)
  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 have submitted a Certificate of Completion (see How to Apply. Select and complete the training module most applicable to your research project.
  4. At least one project participant, other than the Nominated Principal Applicant, must be a knowledge user (either as Principal Knowledge User or  Knowledge User).  Knowledge users could include health practitioners/specialists, teachers, youth, etc.
  5. For any research applications involving First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous populations, applicants must describe their experience working in an Indigenous Health Research environment. See How to Apply section for more details.

Funding Availability

$2,700,000, enough to fund approximately 27 grants.

Maximum Project Value

Maximum $100,000 per grant

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

1 year


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

External Deadline

Registration: Applicant to submit Registration directly to sponsor via Research Net.

Follow the instructions in the Grants - Registration Guidelines along with any additional instructions found below under “Specific Instructions”.

Internal Deadline

Application: Applicant to submit a copy of application, routing and signature page(s) along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Application: Applicant to submit application including routing slip and signed signature page(s) to sponsor via ResearchNet

Follow the instructions in the Grants – Application Guidelines along with any additional instructions found below under “Specific Instructions”.

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).

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Office of Research

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

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