CIHR: Planning and Dissemination Grants - ICS 2022

Updated Information

External deadline changed from June 15, 2022 at 8 pm to July 27, 2022 at 8:00 pm.


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 Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC), the HIV/AIDS and STTBI Research Initiative; and the Personalized Health Initiative.

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the CIHR 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 (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 (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).


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be one of the following:< >An independent researcherknowledge usertraineeAn individual affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate.A Canadian non-governmental, not-for-profit organization (including community or charitable organizations).An Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate.CIHR Contact Centre.
  2. At the time of application, individuals applying as Nominated Principal Applicants (as defined in 1a-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.
  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). 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.
  7. 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.
  8. For all sponsor funding where funds are reserved for Early Career Researchers, the NPI must be an Early Career Researcher by the application deadline and they must be clearly identified as an Early Career Researcher in the Relevance Form. Please review CIHR’s policy on the COVID-19 Impact on Early Career Researchers. 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.

COVID-19 Impact on Early Career Researchers

CIHR is temporarily adjusting the period of eligibility for an ECR. All those who held ECR status as of March 1, 2020, or who secured their first academic appointment after this date, will have their status extended by two years.

Funding Availability

total amount available is $1,278,500, enough to fund approximately 91 grants

Maximum Project Value

Maximum amount per grant varies by the sponsoring Institute and Initiative but will not exceed $50,000.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

1 year

Special Notes


Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


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

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of application and signed routing slip/signature page(s) along with a complete OR5 form to:


External Deadline

Applicant: to complete full application, follow the instructions in the Grants – Application Guidelines, along with any additional instructions found under “Specific Instructions" under  How to Apply

Applicant to 'submit' directly to CIHR using on line application system ResearchNet

For Questions, please contact

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968 
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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