CIHR Operating Grant : New Investigator Research Grants in Child and Youth Health


CIHR – Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health in partnership with SickKids Foundation

For More Information

For more information, please go to the CIHR website and the SickKids website.


Grant recipients may obtain up to three years of support for research in the biomedical, clinical, health systems and services, population and public health sectors.

This program provides support to child health researchers early in their careers. It is intended that New Investigator Research Grants will enhance the grant recipient's capacity to compete with more senior investigators for research grants from other funders. We fund research that has the potential to have a significant impact on child health outcomes.  


The Nominated Principal Applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, based in or formally affiliated with an eligible sponsoring institution within Canada. The NPA will usually hold a doctoral degree (PhD) or equivalent medical/health care degree and have had formal research training. 

The applicant must be a new investigator as of the application deadline. For the purpose of this award, a new investigator is defined as an individual who as a principal or co-principal investigator has not received combined operating grant funding of $500,000 or more (Canadian dollars) and is within five years of their first academic appointment. Academic appointment is defined as an appointment which allows an individual to apply for research grants as an independent investigator.

Funding Availability

Maximum amount $100,000/yr to fund approximately six grants.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to three years

Special Notes

Additional eligibility criteria can be found in the Eligibility Criteria for the New Investigator Research Grants section on the SickKids Foundation website.


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

PI to submit Application Package by both email and mail (or courier):

Please email in one document (pdf format) to


Please mail (or courier) one original signed hard copy of the completed application to:

National Grants
SickKids Foundation
525 University Ave., 14th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 2L3 

For Questions, please contact

For questions, please contact:

National Grants, SickKids Foundation
Telephone: 416-813-6166 Ext. 2354

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

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Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
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