CIHR: Planning and dissemination grant - ICS 2023


The Institute of Aging (IA), the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), the Institute of Genetics (IG), the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), the Institute of Infection and Immunity (III), the Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health (IIPH), the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD), the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), the Centre for Research on Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies (CRPPHE), the Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI), the Personalized Health Initiative, the HIV/AIDS Research Initiative and the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the ResearchNet  – CIHR's website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


One of the mechanisms for Institutes and Initiatives to achieve their mandates is by offering planning and/or dissemination grants within the Institute/Initiative Community Support (ICS) Program. The Planning and Dissemination Grants are intended to provide support for planning and/or dissemination activities (either virtual or in-person) consistent with the mandate of CIHR and relevant to CIHR Institutes and Initiatives

Note: This funding opportunity is not intended to support the direct cost of research (e.g., pilot projects, feasibility studies or operating grants), principal and co-investigator salaries or research equipment. Primary research or primary data collection will not be supported through this funding opportunity. Any activity that may be perceived as such should be justified (e.g., surveying individuals for the purpose of the project).

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:        

  • to support planning activities, partnership development and to increase understanding of the health research landscape that will contribute to the advancement of research consistent with the mandate of CIHR; and
  • to support dissemination events and activities that focus on the communication of health research evidence to the appropriate researcher or knowledge-user audiences, tailoring the message and medium as appropriate.


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be one of the following:
    1. An independent researcher
    2. knowledge user
    3. trainee
    4. An individual affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate.
    5. A Canadian non-governmental, not-for-profit organization (including community or charitable organizations).
    6. An Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate.

If an organization or institution is uncertain about its eligibility for funding through this funding opportunity, it is encouraged to seek clarification from the CIHR Contact Centre.

  1. At the time of application, individuals applying as Nominated Principal Applicants (as defined in 1. a-d above) must be affiliated with one of the following institution types (see the CIHR Application Administration Guide – Part 4 for eligibility process and associated timelines):
    1. Canadian post-secondary institutions or their affiliated institutions including hospitals and research institutes;
    2. Canadian non-federal government departments or agencies, including regional health authorities when specific programs of those departments or agencies do not fund the activity that forms the subject matter of the grant; or
    3. An Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate.
  2. The NPA must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.
  3. The Institution Paid must be authorized to administer CIHR funds before the funding can be released (see Administration of Funds).
  4. Activities/events starting or taking place before the funding start date are not eligible for funding through this opportunity.
  5. Applicants are not eligible to apply for additional funding for an activity or event that has been previously funded by CIHR.
  6. Multiple applications for the same activity or event submitted by either the same or a different Nominated Principal Applicant are not allowable. In such cases, the first application submitted through ResearchNet will be considered and reviewed. Any subsequent applications will automatically be withdrawn.
  7. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis online training modules through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and submit a Certificate of Completion (see How to Apply section). Please select and complete the training module most applicable to your planning or dissemination event or activity. Other applicants are encouraged to complete a training module; however, this is not a mandatory eligibility requirement. For additional information on sex, gender and health research, applicants are encouraged to review the "How to integrate sex and gender in research" section on the CIHR website.
  8. Any applications involving Indigenous Peoples must include an applicant who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or provides evidence of having meaningful and culturally-safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples and must submit a one (1) page attachment describing how they meet this requirement (see How to Apply section).
  9. For all sponsor funding where funds are reserved for Early Career Researchers (ECR), the NPI must be an ECR by the funding start date. Please see the How to Apply section for further instructions.

Note: There may be additional eligibility criteria for an Institute or Initiative outlined in the Sponsor Description section.

Funding Availability

Total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2,130,760, enough to fund approximately 102 grants.

Maximum Project Value

Maximum amount per grant varies by the sponsoring Institute and Initiative (see the Sponsor Description) but will not exceed $68,000.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

1 year


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

Internal Deadline

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

External Deadline

Applicant to complete and submit using online application system ResearchNet.

To complete the full application, follow the "Specific Instructions" listed under How to Apply, and where applicable, consult the Grants – Application Guidelines.

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
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