CIHR Operating Grant: COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

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Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Value: The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2,400,000, enough to fund approximately 12 grants. The maximum amount per grant is $ 100,000 per year for up to two (2) years
Of this $2,400,000: A minimum of two (2) applications relevant to Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous communities) will be funded.
Description: The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to advance knowledge and strategies on how to increase vaccine confidence in populations experiencing conditions of marginalization, Indigenous Peoples and/or populations who have historically been under-vaccinated, including how to address structural, contextual, intersectional and historical barriers to vaccination by:

Addressing knowledge gaps related to understanding the causes and contributing factors to lower vaccination confidence associated with COVID-19, and provide communities, healthcare providers, and public health and health system leaders with actionable evidence to improve vaccine confidence and uptake in clinical and/or community contexts; and
1. Designing, implementing and/or evaluating promising interventions to increase vaccine confidence, including a focus on which approaches are most effective, in which populations and contexts, and why (implementation science approach).

First Nations, Inuit and Métis including Urban Indigenous communities
For applications addressing vaccine confidence among Indigenous Peoples applicants are encouraged to use a distinctions-based approach and to identify structural, contextual, and historical barriers that explain inequities in uptake and inform strategies for meaningful and culturally safe solutions. Projects must prioritize First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and communities, including Urban Indigenous communities, in leading their own research, and include an approach based on Indigenous knowledge systems.

Applicants whose proposed research will involve Indigenous Peoples should consult the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2 – Chapter 9 Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada) for guidance on research design.

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.

The application process for this funding opportunity is comprised of one step: Application. To complete your Full Application, follow the instructions in the Grants – Application Guidelines, along with any additional instructions found below under “Specific Instructions”

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