CIHR: Planning & Dissemination Grants - ICS


CIHR’s Institutes and Initiatives and the Public Health Agency of Canada


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

Each of the participating Institutes/Initiatives has tailored this funding opportunity to meet the needs of their respective communities. Please view the Sponsor Description section for specific details and funds available.

Research Areas

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 (for example, 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, 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 KT products and tools (e.g., written materials in various formats, plain language summaries, decision support tools, educational materials, 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. Please also note that 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:
    1. An independent researcher
    2. A knowledge user
    3. A trainee
    4. A supervisor
    5. An activity/event coordinator affiliated with a Canadian non-governmental not-for-profit organization, and/or a community leader
  2. At the time of application, the Nominated Principal Applicant must be affiliated with:
    1. Canadian post-secondary institutions and their affiliated institutions including hospitals and research institutes; or
    2. Canadian non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations (including community or charitable organizations) with an explicit health research or knowledge translation mandate; or
    3. 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.
      • 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.
  3. Activities/events starting or taking place before the funding start dates are not eligible for funding through this opportunity.
  4. Applicants are not eligible to apply for additional funding for an activity or event which 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.

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

Maximum Project Value

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $1,130,000. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate.

The maximum amount per grant varies by Institute/Initiative but will not exceed $30,000 and is for up to one (1) year. Please see the Sponsor Description section of this funding opportunity for details on funding levels specific to each participating Institute/Initiative.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to 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, routing slip, signature page along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant to submit directly to sponsor via ResearchNet.  Follow the instructions in the Grants - ResearchNet "Application" Phase Instructions along with any additional application instructions found under “Specific Instructions”.

More information about this grant opportunity, please see the ResearchNet website.

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 5 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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