CIHR Catalyst Grant: Musculoskeletal Rehab and ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Network Grant


The Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis

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For more information, please go to the CIHR website.


The purpose of the grant would be to build a collaborative network of researchers and research users. The network would be national in scope and would encourage interaction between researchers and stakeholders (“clinicians, decision-makers, industry, patients, and other knowledge-users outside of the academic community”).

Specific objectives for the ME/CFS project are:

 •            To create an interactive and coherent Canadian network in ME/CFS that will tackle, in a coordinated manner, the clinical research challenges posed by this spectrum of chronic disabling disorders.

•            To develop multiple population-based patient cohorts for translational research in ME/CFS.

•            To facilitate national collaboration, resource sharing, capacity building and dissemination in priority research areas.

•            To provide the needed infrastructure around which to undertake therapeutic and diagnostic clinical studies in Canada. In addition, this network will set the stage for potential future international collaborations.

•            To advance research uptake, training, and knowledge translation in ME/CFS across multiple disciplines with a focus on expediting knowledge uptake to mobilize and build the research community.


Eligibility: Independent researcher

  • In addition to the NPA the Network must include a minimum of one representative from  the following groups:

a. New investigator (i.e., an independent researcher within the first five years of their independent career)

b. Patient/family representatives/informal care providers

c. Health care professionals

  • The Program must be national in scope. The program must include representation from all three regions: Western (BC, AB, SK, YT, NT) Central (MB, ON, NU) and Eastern (QC, NB, NL, NS, PE).

Funding Availability

Maximum amount $200,000/yr to fund approximately two grants.

**An additional 20% (minimum) of the total project amount requested must be supported by outside sources (the network) as cash and/or in-kind**

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to 3 years

Special Notes

Networks already receiving federal funding support at the time of the funding start date are ineligible (e.g., Networks of Centre of Excellence Knowledge Mobilization, etc.).


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application/proposal along with an OR5 form to

External Deadline

How to Apply

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