CIHR – Project Scheme: 2016 1st Live Pilot *updated registration deadline


Canadian Institutes of Health Research


The Project Scheme 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.


Faculty - Individuals who hold a Foundation Scheme grant in the role of Program Leader are not eligible to apply to the Project Scheme in the role of Nominated Principal Applicant or Principal Applicant.

Funding Availability

Based on historical modeling, it is expected that most Project grant budget requests will fall within a range of $50K to $750K per annum. 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


Project Duration

One to five years.

Special Notes

Please be advised that the information in this funding opportunity and its supporting documents might change based on the analysis of the results from ongoing pilots. All changes will be highlighted within the text of the funding opportunity and the relevant supporting documents as they are made. No significant changes are expected to be made after December 15, 2015.

*Important Change to Application Limits for CIHR Project Scheme Competitions

CIHR has heard concerns from many in the research community regarding the restriction that allows individuals to submit only one application to the Project Scheme per calendar year as a Nominated Principal Applicant/Principal Applicant. After having considered the feedback received, and weighing the risks and benefits of making any changes, CIHR has made the decision to remove all application limits in the Project Scheme.

There is now no limit to the number of applications an individual can submit to the Project Scheme per competition and/or per calendar year.

CIHR will monitor this as part of the pilots and will make any necessary adjustments, if required. If you have any questions please feel free to contact CIHR at

Registration Deadline

Project Leaders register directly using ResearchNet: January 25, 2016.  Registration will be accepted between November 16, 2015 and January 25, 2016.

Internal Deadline

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

Please hit ‘Submit’ on ResearchNet on or before the internal deadline.

External Deadline

How To Apply

This funding opportunity follows the eApproval process. This means that when the applicant submits the application, it will be directed electronically to the Research Institution which the applicant has identified as the Institution Paid. The Research Institution will review the application and submit their approval electronically to CIHR on behalf of the applicant.

Please hit ‘Submit’ on ResearchNet on or before the internal deadline.

Important: Please read all instructions in order to familiarize yourself with the application process before applying. An overview of CIHR's application processes can be found under Apply for Funding. Note that these are general instructions only. To complete your application, follow the specific instructions for this program.


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 lead 5 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 ORS (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 (ie, budget, proposal, OR5 form).

For More Information

For more information, please go to the sponsor website. 

For Questions, please contact

CIHR Reforms Implementation Team

CIHR ResearchNet Support
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
1-888-603-4178 or 613-954-1968

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