CIHR Project Grant and Priority Announcement (Specific Research Areas) Fall 2019


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental or applied health-related knowledge, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes by supporting projects or programs of research proposed and conducted by individual researchers or groups of researchers in all areas of health. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches.

Research Areas

The Project Grant program is open to applicants in all areas of health research that are aligned with the CIHR mandate: "To excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system". The onus is on the applicant to clearly demonstrate the alignment of the application with CIHR's mandate.

The Project Grant program is expected to:

  • Support a diverse portfolio of health-related research and knowledge translation proposals at any stage, from discovery to application, including commercialization;
  • Promote relevant collaborations across disciplines, professions, and sectors; and
  • Contribute to the creation and use of health-related knowledge.

In addition, funding is available for specific research areas. See Funding Opportunities in Specific Research Areas below and refer to the Project Grants: Fall 2019 Priority Announcements (Specific Research Areas) for further details.


  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be an independent researcher or a knowledge user.
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have an academic or research appointment at an eligible institution if they are an independent researcher (see Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).
  3. If the Nominated Principal Applicant is a knowledge user, there must be at least one Principal Applicant who is an independent researcher.
  4. Principal Applicants must be independent researchers or knowledge users (inclusion of one or more Principal Applicants is optional).
  5. Co-Applicants can be one of the following (inclusion of one or more is optional):
    1. independent researchers;
    2. knowledge users;
    3. trainees;
    4. Other.
  6. An individual cannot submit more than two Project Grant applications per competition as a Nominated Principal Applicant. If the Nominated Principal Applicant submits more than two applications, CIHR will automatically withdraw the last application(s) submitted based on time-stamp of submission.
  7. Individuals who hold a Foundation Grant in the role of Program Leader and were originally funded as a mid-career or senior researcher are not eligible to apply to the Project Grant competition in the role of Nominated Principal Applicant or Principal Applicant. Foundation grantees originally funded as early career researchers (ECRs) are eligible to apply for Project Grants in the role of Nominated Principal Applicant or Principal Applicant.

    Early Career Researchers (ECRs)

    Inclusion within this cohort is based on the ECR eligibility status of the Nominated Principal Applicant, at the application deadline. All time spent in full-time independent research appointments/positions will be taken into consideration when determining eligibility irrespective of time spent in a clinical component or other duties (i.e., administrative, academic, etc.). Should an applicant hold or have held a part-time appointment/position, CIHR will count that time as 50% (e.g., a one-year part-time appointment/position will count for 6 months towards the 60-month maximum).

    Leaves of absence will be considered in the calculation of eligibility (i.e., will not count towards the 60-month maximum) and should be included in the Employment section under Leaves of Absence in the Common CV.

Funding Availability

  • The total amount available for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Project Grant competitions is $550M. Sunsetting the CIHR Foundation Grant program will lead to increased budgets for future Project Grant competitions.
  • Within the investment allocated to each Project Grant competition, there will be a funding envelope of $13.75M dedicated to large grants. Large grants are defined as those within the top 2% largest total grant amount requested by all applicants within the competition and will vary with each competition.
  • The Project Grant competition will also have a specific funding envelope to support early career researchers (ECRs).
  • The number of grants funded will depend on the requested budgets and peer review recommendations.

Maximum Project Value

Project Grant funding levels are proportionate to the requirements of the research proposed, which is expected to vary by research field, research approach, and scope of proposal activities.

Individual grant applications requesting a total of more than $13.75M from CIHR will be withdrawn.

Indirect Costs



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

External Deadline

Registration: PI to submit registration directly to sponsor via online application system ResearchNet.  Registrations will be accepted between July 17, 2019 and August 14, 2019.  Application form will open once registration has been submitted.  More information on this funding opportunity and Registration instructions can be found on the CIHR website.

Internal Deadline

Application: PI to submit a copy of application, routing slip and signed Participant Signature pages (if applicable) along with a complete OR5 form to:

PI must hit "submit" on ResearchNet on or before the internal deadline.  The application will then be accessible the the Grants Officer to review.

External Deadline

Application: This funding opportunity follows the eApproval process. This means that when the applicant submits an application, it will be directed electronically to the Research Institution which the applicant has identified as the Institution Paid. The Research Institution will review the application and submit their approval electronically to CIHR on behalf of the applicant.

To complete your application, follow the instructions for this program along with any additional specific instructions and submission requirements listed below.

Additional relevant materials

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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