CIHR: Planning and Dissemination Grants – Institute/Initiative Community Support (ICS)

Updated Information
Update: The CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant competition has been cancelled.


The CIHR Institute of Aging (IA), the CIHR Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), the CIHR Institute of Genetics (IG), the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health (IIPH), the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity (III), the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD), the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), the Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC), the CIHR Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI), and the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative.

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the program's websites for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


CIHR's mandate is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system. CIHR integrates research through a unique interdisciplinary structure made up of virtual Institutes and Initiatives. The Institutes and Initiatives are networks of researchers and stakeholders brought together to focus on important health problems, with each Institute and Initiative dedicated to a specific area of focus, linking and supporting researchers pursuing common goals.

One of the mechanisms for Institutes and Initiatives to achieve their mandates is by CIHR offering planning and/or dissemination grants within the Institute/Initiative Community Support (ICS) Program.

Events/activities may focus on, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Activities that assist potential teams of researchers, knowledge-users and/or partners in working together to identify research questions or emerging issues and priorities that could form the basis of a grant application
  • Stakeholder consultations, including citizen engagement activities regarding needs, gaps and opportunities in the health research landscape, priority policy issues and/or priority research questions, where such common understanding is currently lacking or requires further development
  • Initial planning and discussion of a research project among potential team members, including researchers, knowledge-users and/or partners to assess the viability of the research project and the partnership
  • Conducting an environmental scan or preliminary synthesis of relevant literature, activities or programs
  • Early-stage planning to determine possible commercial viability of a discovery
  • Opportunities for knowledge exchange involving stakeholder linkages to inform practice, care, and/or policy that could potentially lead to an application to a funding opportunity
  • Gatherings of partners, health researchers, and/or knowledge-users where the main objective is to facilitate regional/national and/or international collaboration among individuals or groups from a variety of backgrounds (ex., building new and existing multi-sectored partnerships that include a significant number of participants from outside the conventional scientific community, consensus meetings, networking and partnership development events) interested in applying to a funding opportunity


  • Education of groups, such as patients, health professionals, community organizations, policy makers, and the general public
  • Knowledge dissemination that will inform practice, clinical care, partnership best practices, policy and decision making
  • Dissemination and/or discussion of research findings at scientific meetings, workshops, conferences, congresses or symposia
  • Development and dissemination of knowledge translation products and tools (e.g., written materials in various formats, plain language summaries, decision support tools, educational materials, and web sites)

Note: This funding opportunity is not intended to support the direct cost of research. Primary research or primary data collection will not be supported through this funding opportunity.


  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be one of the following:
    1. An independent researcher
  2.  At the time of application, individuals applying as Nominated Principal Applicants (i.e., as defined in 1a above) must be affiliated with one of the following institution types (see the CIHR Application Administration Guide – Part 4):
    1. Canadian post-secondary institutions or their affiliated institutions including hospitals and research institutes
  3. Activities/events starting or taking place before the funding start date are not eligible for funding through this opportunity.
  4. Applicants are not eligible to apply for additional funding for an activity or event that has been previously funded by CIHR.
  5. Multiple applications for the same activity or event submitted by either the same Nominated Principal Applicant or a different one are not allowable. In such cases, the first application submitted through ResearchNet will be considered and reviewed. Any subsequent applications will automatically be withdrawn.
  6. 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).
  7. Proposals must outline measures for how organizers of planning and dissemination events and activities will meaningfully engage members of groups underrepresented in science.
  8. Any applications involving Indigenous Peoples must include a knowledge user who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or provides evidence of having meaningful and culturally-safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples.

Funding Availability

The total amount available is $ 1,528,500, enough to fund approximately 92 grants.

Maximum Project Value

The maximum amount per grant varies by Institute and Initiative but will not exceed $ 25,000.

Indirect Costs



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

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of application, routing slip, signature pages along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant to submit complete application using online system ResearchNet.

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

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Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
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