CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grants - ICS Winter 2022

Updated Information

As you know, the Institute Community Support Planning and Dissemination competitions 2020 (202003PCS) has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be reminded that if you applied for the 2020 competition, your application will not automatically be retained for the Winter 2022 competition. The 2020 competition remains accessible only for applicants to access their application data. Applicants are required to submit a new application to the Winter 2022 competition  (202201PCS).


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

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the CIHR website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


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.

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;
  • 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; and
  • to support activities and events that ensure the inclusion and meaningful representation of individuals who have historically faced barriers in the research ecosystem, including but not limited to those marginalized by gender, Indigenous Peoples, racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, and members of LGBTQ2S+ communities.


  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

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2,858,500, enough to fund approximately 162 grants

Maximum Project Value

The 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, signed signature page and complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant to submit application to CIHR via on line application system ResearchNet.

How to Apply

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
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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