Gender-Net Plus and CIHR: Sex and Gender in Health


CIHR Institute of Gender and Health


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to announce that funds are available to support Canadian researcher interested in investigating sex and gender in health through transnational collaborations.

Through the leadership of the CIHR Personalized Health Initiative, the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health is a member of GENDER-NET Plus - an international consortium of 16 research funders in 13 countries. These 16 partners have joined forces to launch a co-funded Call for Proposals, to support research that aims to address urgent societal challenges through a sex and gender lens.

GENDER-NET Plus is the first European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) Cofund whose aim is to foster the integration of sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA) into research and funding programs.

The call will invite interdisciplinary applications exploring sex and gender effects and dimensions in research topics relating to one or more of the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  1. Good health and well-being (SDG 3)
    • SDG3: Gender-based violence (topic 1.1)
    • SDG3: Sex, Gender and Aging (topic 1.2)
    • SDG3: Sex, Gender and Health (topic 1.3)
  2. Infrastructure, Industrialization and Innovation (SDG 9)
    • SDG9: Gender and New Technologies (topic 2.1)
    • SDG9: Gender in Entrepreneurship and in the Innovation System (topic 2.2)
  3. Climate Action (SDG 13)
    • SDG13: Gender Dimension in Climate Behavior and Decision-Making (topic 3.1)

The call will invite both basic and applied research. For any chosen topic, an interdisciplinary approach that addresses the interplay between society - technology and culture is encouraged. Research that addresses the social dimension of gender is strongly encouraged.

IMPORTANT: CIHR will support applications that respond to SDG 3, Good Health and Well-being, topics 1.2 and 1.3 only.


  1. The applicant leading the Canadian component must be an independent researcher to be considered for CIHR funding.
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be appointed at an eligible institution (See Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).
  3. If there are two Canadian teams involved in a CRP, one person must be named the Nominated Principal Applicant on the abbreviated application submitted to CIHR at the full application stage.

Funding Availability

The total amount available for Canadian researchers from CIHR is $1.5 million CAD, enough to fund five (5) grants.

Maximum Project Value

 The maximum amount available is $100,000 CAD per year for a total of $300,000 CAD, per grant.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

up to three years

Special Notes

Also of interest, the recorded applicant webinar, linkage tool, partners list and timelines for this funding opportunity can now be accessed on the CIHR Gender-Net Plus website:

Important co-fund requirements

The rules for this Joint Call require that each applicant team include investigators from at least three consortium countries. For Canadian investigators, this means you must establish partnerships with researchers from at least two other consortium partner countries (excluding Canada). Each partner must have a Principal Investigator (PI) considered eligible for funding by a GENDER-NET Plus funding organization in that country, including:


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

External Deadline

Pre-Proposal to Gender-Net by PI's from consortium countries.

The following information is specifically for Canadian researchers’ fundable by CIHR.

Of note, no documents need to be submitted through CIHR ResearchNet for the Pre-proposal stage; however, CIHR ResearchNet applications will be required at the Full application stage. It is anticipated that the CIHR Funding Opportunity will be available on ResearchNet in February 2018

Internal Deadline

PI to submit copy of CIHR application, routing slip and institutional signature page along with an OR5 form to :

External Deadline

PI to submit application directly to CIHR using on line portal ResearchNet

More information regarding this funding opportunity can now be accessed on the CIHR Gender-Net Plus website

For Questions, please contact

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

Questions related to the call and any national or regional rules and regulations should primarily be directed to the funding organization Contact Points, which are listed in the GENDER-NET Plus website. Other, more general, questions about the call can be directed to the Call Secretariat.

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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