CIHR: Planning and Dissemination Grants - ICS, Summer 2019


CIHR Institutes and Initiatives Community Support (ICS)

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

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The Planning and Dissemination Grants are intended to provide support for planning and/or dissemination activities consistent with the mandate of CIHR and relevant to CIHR Institutes, or Initiatives.

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)

CIHR encourages the inclusion and advancement of underrepresented groups in science as one of the means to enhance excellence in research, training and knowledge translation.


  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be one of the following:
    1. An independent researcher;
    2. knowledge user;
    3. trainee; or,
    4. A Canadian non-governmental, not-for-profit organization (including community or charitable organizations). 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
  2. At the time of application, individuals applying as Nominated Principal Applicants (i.e., as defined in 1a-c above) must be affiliated with one of the following institution types (see Institutional Eligibility Requirementsfor eligibility process and associated timelines):
    1. Canadian post-secondary institutions or their affiliated institutions including hospitals and research institutes: or
    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.
  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. All independent researchers on an application 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.

NOTE: Please view the Sponsor Description section as additional eligibility criteria for the Institute/Initiative selected may also apply.

For additional eligibility requirements for individuals, refer to the Individual Eligibility Requirements.

Funding Availability

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2,468,500, enough to fund approximately 131 grants.

Maximum Project Value

The maximum amount per grant varies by Institute/Initiative but will not exceed $65,000 

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

1 year

Special Notes

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).


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 and signed signature page(s) along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant to submit complete application including Routing Slip and Signature Pages (as 1 PDF) to sponsor via ResearchNet 

To complete your Full Application, follow the instructions in the Grants – Application Guidelines along with any additional instructions found below under “Specific Instructions”.

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
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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