CIHR National Women’s Health Research Initiative: Pan-Canadian Women’s Health Coalition – Hubs

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Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Value: The total amount available for this funding opportunity (Hubs) is $8,400,000, enough to fund approximately ten (10) grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per grant is up to $210,000 per year for up to four (4) years, for a total of $840,000 per grant.

Description: The purpose of the National Women’s Health Research Initiative joint initiative between CIHR and Women and Gender Equality Canada announced as part of the 2021 federal budget, is to advance a coordinated research program that addresses under-researched and high-priority areas of women’s health and to ensure new evidence improves women’s, girls’ and gender-diverse people’s care and health outcomes. It will also promote intersectional approaches to research.

The initiative aims to ensure that all people in Canada with lived and living experiences navigating women’s health have access to gender-sensitive, culturally appropriate, trauma-informed, non-stigmatizing, evidence-based, high-quality healthcare across their life course that reflects and respects the intersection of their unique biological, social, and cultural identities.

As a first step to implementing the National Women’s Health Research Initiative, we will support the creation of a Pan-Canadian Women’s Health Coalition. The goal of the Coalition is to maximize the visibility and impact of women’s health research and practice in Canada, committing to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenous Rights.

Hubs (current funding opportunity)

Each hub must identify one or more areas of women’s health to address, within the scope of this funding opportunity, based on community, regional and/or national needs, ensuring that women’s and gender-diverse people’s voices are at the heart of the hub’s activities. It is important to acknowledge that traditional knowledge, such as those of Indigenous and African diasporic communities, has been undervalued and underutilized in Western medicine. Therefore, the hubs are expected to amplify traditional ways of knowing to provide insights on how to improve women’s health and wellness through an intersectional lens.

  • Identify all participants in this task, including the applicant role that they will have (e.g. Nominated Principal Applicant, Principal Applicant, Principal Knowledge User, Knowledge User, Co-Applicant, Collaborator) ensuring that the composition of the team aligns with Eligibility to Apply. At the time of the registration, it is not necessary to have the full team given that participants (other than the Nominated Principal Applicant) can be added or removed between the two stages.
  • The Nominated Principal Applicant must remain unchanged between the registration and full application phases of the competition. Other participants can be added or removed between the two stages
  • No CVs are required at this stage.

ORE internal signature deadline for RPIFs. Applicants please email Nandini Maharaj your signed (applicant and department head) RPIF + a pdf of your application. OSE applicants please contact UBC-O's Office of Research Services for internal deadlines

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.

Contact: If you have any questions, contact Nandini Maharaj.