CIHR Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps & Priorities July 2021

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Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Value: The total funding amount available for this and upcoming COVID-19 competitions is approximately $88M. The maximum amount per grant that can be requested for a clinical trial or a randomized control trial is $1,000,000 over one year. The maximum amount per grant that can be requested for all other types of research is $500,000 over one year.

Description: As the pandemic has evolved, so have the research needs of decision makers. There are important research gaps in Canada’s response that have become evident; gaps that need to be addressed rapidly and in a sustained manner to respond effectively to the pandemic.
In order to achieve its goals, the Government of Canada will launch several funding opportunities under the “Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps and Priorities” banner to address the identified research gaps in Canada. As priority gap areas are identified, additional funding opportunities will be launched. The purpose of this and upcoming funding opportunities is to provide rapid funding for projects which respond to identified gaps in COVID-19 research areas.
Research in priority areas is needed to effectively mitigate the rapid spread of COVID-19 and minimize its direct and indirect impacts on individuals and communities within and across jurisdictions in Canada and globally. These research areas also need to take into account the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on historically marginalized populations. Mitigation and recovery strategies require a coherent and integrated response from all people in Canada, and especially from health care workers, researchers, public health authorities, industry, policymakers, decision makers at all levels, and the health system.
Note: a number of research areas in this competition are relevant to Indigenous health research.

To complete your Registration, follow the instructions in the Grants - Registration Guidelines along with any additional instructions found below under "Specific Instructions".

ORE internal signature deadline for RPIFs. Applicants please email Nandini Maharaj your signed (applicant and department head) RPIF + a pdf of your application.

Please email signed (applicant, department head, and ADR) RPIF along with a pdf of your application to ORS ( You may continue to work on the narrative sections of the application until the deadline to hit "Submit" online. However, please note that budget totals must not be changed from the submitted RPIF.

To complete your Full Application, follow the instructions in the Grants – Application Guidelines along with any additional instructions found below under “Specific Instructions”.

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