CIHR - Project Grant Spring 2018

Updated Information
  • Registrations will be accepted between between January 16, 2018 and February 6, 2018 (previously stated between July 11, 2017 and August 15, 2017)
  • February 6, 2018 Internal Deadline changed to External Deadline, deadline time changed from 11:59pm to 8:00pm
  • March 6, 2018 External deadline time change from 11:59pm to 8:00pm

CIHR has made some minor yet important changes to the application process for the Project Grant: Spring 2018 competition:

  • Institute-specific Priority Announcements have been added to the Project Grant: Spring 2018 competition;
  • Applicants will be required to provide a brief justification (rationale) for their panel choice; and
  • Applicants will have two pages to respond to previous reviews (as in the previous competition) but will now be required to attach the reviews being addressed.

These changes are part of our ongoing effort to improve peer review processes at CIHR.


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)


The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental or applied health-related knowledge, the health care system, and/or health outcomes, by supporting 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.

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 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.


  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. An independent researcher;
  7. A knowledge user;
  8. A trainee;
  9. Other. (Updated: 2017-08-22)
  10. 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.
  11. An individual cannot submit more than two Project Grant applications per competition as a Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA). If the NPA submits more than two applications, CIHR will automatically withdraw the last application submitted based on time-stamp of submission.
  12. 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.

Maximum Project Value

  • 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 amount requested by all applicants within the competition and will therefore vary with each competition. Thus, 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 Early career investigators.
  • The number of grants funded will depend on the requested budgets and peer review recommendations. 
  • 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 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 directly to sponsor via online system ResearchNet.  Registrations will be accepted between January 16, 2018 and February 6, 2018. The application form will open once the registration has been submitted.

More information on this funding opportunity and Registration instructions, please see the sponsor website.

Internal Deadline

FULL APPLICATION: PI to submit a copy of the application, routing slip and signed Participant Signature pages (if applicable) along with a complete 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

FULL APPLICATION: This funding opportunity follows the eApproval process. This means that when the applicant submits the application, it will be directed electronically to the Office of Research Services. The Grants Officer will submit the approved application via ResearchNet

For more information on this funding opportunity, application and specific instructions, please see the CIHR 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 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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