CIHR-ICRH/CF Canada 2018 Early Career Investigator Award in Cystic Fibrosis Research


The CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH), in partnership with the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (CIHR-IIPH), the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (CIHR-INMD), Cystic Fibrosis Canada (CF Canada) and the Kidney Foundation of Canada (KF Canada)


The 2018 Early Career Investigator Awards in Circulatory and Respiratory Health provide recipients with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their independence in initiating and conducting research in any one of the ICRH mandate areas. These awards are designed to provide protected time for early career investigators to undertake research relevant to the ICRH mandate by contributing to both salary and research allowances.

The award aligns with:

  • CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health’s (ICRH) Strategic Plan 2017-2020 research priorities: to enhance training and early career development, and to enhance the conduct of Indigenous Health Research and equitable research under ICRH’s mandate areas.
  • CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH) Strategic Plan 2014-2018: Strategic Direction 1: First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities driving First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health research and knowledge translation.
  • CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes’ (INMD) Refreshed Strategic Plan 2015-2018, in regard to Capacity Building.

Research Areas

Within the funding opportunity, there are two streams: one open only to Clinician Scientists, including allied health professionals, and one open to any Independent Researcher, as defined in the Eligibility Criteria.


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher
  2. The NPA must be registered at an eligible institution (see Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines)
  3. The NPA must also:
    1. Be an early career investigator at the funding start date.
    2. Have a written commitment from their Institution, via a letter from the Dean of their primary Faculty or Research Director of their primary Research Institute which accompanies the application, that includes: >
      • A commitment that the NPA will hold a full-time faculty or equivalent position
      • A commitment to protect a minimum of 75% of the NPA’s time to research activities relevant to the Objectives and Research Areas described in the Description section, limiting clinical service, teaching and/or administrative activities to a maximum of 25% of the NPA’s time for the duration of the award
  4. If applying as a Clinician Scientist, the NPA must, at the time of application, hold a recognized training certification to practice as a health professional, as well as a full-time faculty or equivalent position as a clinician-scientist (see How to Apply section).

**In order to increase capacity and allow as many researchers as possible to benefit from federal, peer-reviewed funding, the NPA may not hold a peer-reviewed grant, neither as NPA or Co-Investigator, in the amount of $150,000 or more per year for a period of two (2) or more years, nor another federally funded salary award (CIHR, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council – NSERC, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council – SSHRC).**

Funding Availability

$2,070,000, enough to fund up to six (6) awards.

Maximum Project Value

$115,000/year to a max of $345,000 per award

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Three years

Special Notes

Information about this competition and how to apply can be found on the CIHR website.


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

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of application, Federal funding - Self-declaration form, routing slip and signature pages along with a compete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant to submit complete application (including complete  “Federal funding – Self-declaration” form, Routing slip and signed signature pages) directly to sponsor using on-line application system ResearchNet.

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
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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