CIHR Project Grant - Spring 2017

Updated Information

Deadlines changed.

External deadline: from May 30, 2017 to August 15, 2017
Internal deadline: from June 6, 2017 to September 8, 2017
External deadline: from June 13, 2017 to September 15, 2017


Canadian Institute of Health Research


The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. It supports projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches.

The Project Grant program is expected to:

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


Refer to the Individual Eligibility Requirements regarding the eligibility requirements for individuals and institutions.

For an application to be eligible:

  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 an independent researcher or knowledge user (inclusion of one or more Principal Applicants is optional).
  5. Co-Applicants can be one of the following (inclusion of one or more Co-applicants is optional):
  6. While individuals can apply to Foundation Grant and Project Grant competitions during overlapping competitions, the same application cannot be submitted to both competitions, as per section 1-E of the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide. If the same application is found to have been submitted to overlapping Foundation Grant and Project Grant competitions, the applicant will be asked to withdraw one of his/her applications. CIHR will not consider inclusion of components of a proposal into a second proposal as the same application. Note: Individuals applying to both programs will not be allowed to change their role (Nominated Principal Applicant or Program Leader) on either application
  7. An individual cannot submit more than two Project Grant applications as a Nominated Principal Applicant per competition.
  8. Individuals who hold a Foundation Grant in the role of Program Leader are not eligible to apply to the Project Grant competition in the role of Principal Applicant.

Funding Availability

  • The combined total amount available for CIHR’s 2017-18 Investigator Initiated Research Programs (which will include the Project Grant: Spring 2017, Project Grant: Fall 2017, and Foundation Grant: 2017-18 competitions) is approximately $575M. The proportion of investment between the Project Grant and Foundation Grant programs is currently under review. All funding opportunities will be updated once the new funding allocation for each competition is determined.
  • Within the overall competition budget, there will be a specific funding envelope of $12.5M over the multi-year terms of the grant for large grants. Large grants are defined as those within the top 2% of total grant value within the competition and will therefore vary with each competition. Therefore individual grant applications requesting a total of $12.5M or more from CIHR will be withdrawn.
  • The Project Grant competition will also have a specific funding envelope to support New/Early Career Investigators.
  • The number of grants funded will depend on the requested budgets and peer review recommendations. 
  • Project grant funding levels will be commensurate with need, which is expected to vary by research field, research approach, and scope of project activities.

Indirect Costs



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

External Deadline

REGISTRATION: PI to submit registration using ResearchNet

Note: Registration to the Spring 2017 Project Grant funding opportunity will be accepted between May 8, 2017 and May 30, 2017. Once the registration has been submitted, applicants will have the ability to complete the full application.

Internal Deadline

 PI to submit application including routing slip and signed Participant Signature pages (if applicable) along with a completed OR5 form to:

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

External Deadline

This funding opportunity follows the eApproval process. This means that when the applicant submits the application on ResearchNet, it will be directed electronically to the Office of Research Services. The Grants Officer will review the application and submit the application and institutional approval electronically to CIHR on behalf of the applicant.

More information on this funding opportunity and how to apply, visit the sponsor 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 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 Center
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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