CIHR information for research community - COVID-19


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)


The Government of Canada announced new funding of $291.6 million to maintain income support for trainees whose programs have been affected due to the closure of academic research labs.  This funding will include those trainees funded directly through programs such as the Canada Graduate Scholarships, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Critically for CIHR-funded investigators, this investment will also provide support for those whose funding is derived directly from operating grants (also termed indirect support). While the full details of disbursement of the funding remain to be established, this represents a major investment of the Government of Canada in further securing the stability of the health research ecosystem.  From the outset of the pandemic, CIHR has been working to develop mitigation measures for Canada’s health research community, and CIHR is grateful for this additional funding, which will provide relief for many research trainees at this difficult time.

Please consult the FAQs for additional information following CIHR's message focused on incremental and ongoing costs incurred by funded research activities during the COVID-19 pandemic: 

CIHR continues to monitor the situation closely. For all information related to CIHR’s response to the pandemic, please consult CIHR’s COVID-19 webpage.

For further information, please contact the CIHR Contact Centre (


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