CIHR: Operating Grant: Collaborative Health Research Program


This Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) Initiative funding opportunity is offered by CIHR in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)


The CHRP Initiative funding supports innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects, requiring participation from the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community. The CHRP Initiative funding requires the translation of the research results to knowledge/technology users (KTUs) and related stakeholders outside the academic or training environment. As such, the proposed research projects must have a strong focus on knowledge translation (KT) and lead to health and economic benefits for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and/or a strengthened health care system. KTU organizations should be meaningfully engaged throughout the research process, as appropriate, to inform research planning and design. For more information on KT at CIHR, please see About KT. Applicants are also encouraged to refer to CIHR’s Guide to Knowledge Translation Planning at CIHR: Integrated and End-of-Grant Approaches and "Knowledge to Action: A Knowledge Translation Casebook" for additional guidance.


  • The Nominated Principal Applicant must:
  • Must include at least two Principal Applicants (including the Nominated Principal Applicant), one from the natural sciences or engineering community and one from the health sciences community. There is otherwise no limit to the number of applicants participating on CHRP Initiative grants;
  • Must include, highly accomplished trainees on the grant;
  • Must include a partnership with at least one eligible, non-academic knowledge/technology user (KTU) organization with an expressed interest and demonstrable ability to use the end products of the research. See Eligibility of Partner(s) below.
  • Must include one knowledge/technology user representative* as applicant role of “Principal Knowledge User”. This person must have the authority to represent their organization and may vary accordingly (e.g. chief scientific officer at a company, decision-maker at a hospital, provincial government policy-maker, etc.).

Eligibility of Partner(s):

The guidelines for partnership are:

  • One organization must be designated as the Principal KTU in the Letter of Intent (LOI). Other KTUs may be described in the LOI Knowledge Translation plan, as appropriate. KTUs can be from the private, public or voluntary sectors.
  • At both the LOI and full application stages, applicants must demonstrate the capacity of the Principal KTU organization to use the knowledge generated by providing relevant details in a Knowledge Translation plan. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal of the application. Activities focused on sharing the research findings or brokering relationships with stakeholders are not typically sufficient for the Principal KTU role.
  • The Principal KTU established at the Letter of Intent stage must be maintained in the full application; change of Principal KTU will be permitted on a case-by-case basis. Applicants may add additional KTU organizations to their full application;
  • Principal KTU must be Canadian*;
  • Multinational organizations may be eligible if it is clear within the application that they have Canadian-based activities that meet the criteria above and if the funded activity leads to research results that will be exploited in Canada.
  • Applicant ownership of the partner organization is generally not permitted; exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis if an arm’s length relationship between the applicants and partner organization can be demonstrated. Contact CIHR’s contact centre to inquire further.

Funding Availability

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $20.4 million dollars. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

The maximum duration of support for any one grant is three years.


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

External Deadline

LETTER OF INTENT: PI to submit LOI directly to sponsor using ResearchNet.

Complete the CHRP Research Proposal - Letter of Intent application form and upload it under the sub-task “Attachments” as “Research Proposal”. Failure to use the correct form in this section will render your Letter of Intent ineligible.

Internal Deadline

IF INVITED: PI to submit copy of application along with routing slip and signature page to:


External Deadline

IF INVITED: PI to submit application, routing slip and signature pages to:

This Funding Opportunity participates in the eApproval process. Please hit ‘Submit’ on ResearchNet on or before the internal deadline.  The application will be submitted to CIHR by the Office of Research Services.

How to Apply

More information on the grant competition and how to apply can be found on the CIHR website.

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
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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