CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grants 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), Global Health, the Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI), the HIV/AIDS Research Initiative and the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the CIHR ResearchNet website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


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.

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 (e.g., 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)


For an application to be eligible, all the requirements stated below must be met:

  1. For an application to be eligible, the Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be one of the following:
    • An independent researcher, a knowledge user, or a trainee affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution and/or their affiliated institutions (including hospitals, research institutes and other non-profit organizations with a mandate for health research and/or knowledge translation and/or working in a municipal, provincial or territorial government in Canada where the activity which forms the subject matter of the funding is not being funded by specific programs of those municipal, provincial and territorial governments
    • An individual affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate
    • A Canadian non-governmental organization (including Indigenous community or charitable organizations) with a research or knowledge translation mandate.CIHR Contact Centre.
  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 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 NPA must be an ECR by the application deadline. 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 $3,057,000 enough to fund approximately 162 grants.

Maximum Project Value

The maximum amount per grant varies by the sponsoring Institute and Initiative (see the Sponsor Description) but will not exceed $50,000.

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, signed signature page(s), signing authority from the Institution Paid page along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant to submit complete application including signed signature pages (Routing Slip) to via sponsor on line application system ResearchNet

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Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
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