CIHR Project Grant: Spring 2021

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Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Value: The total amount available for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Project Grant competitions is $550M. Within the investment allocated to each Project Grant competition, there will be a funding envelope of:

  • $13.75M dedicated to large grants. Large grants are defined as those within the top 2% largest total grant amount requested by all applicants within the competition and will vary with each competition. Individual grant applications requesting a total of more than $13.75M from CIHR will be withdrawn.
  • $12.65M (4.6%) dedicated to supporting applications with an Indigenous health research focus.

Description: The Project Grant program is open to applicants in all areas of health research that are aligned with the CIHR mandate. The program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied 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.

The Project Grant program is expected to:

  • Support a diverse portfolio of health-related research and knowledge translation proposals at any stage, from discovery to application, including commercialization;
  • Promote relevant collaborations across disciplines, professions, and sectors; and
  • Contribute to the creation and use of health-related knowledge.

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.

Project Grant – Application Instructions
CIHR Biosketch – Quick Reference Guide
Priority Announcements and the Project Grant – Frequently Asked Questions

Specific Instructions
• All application participants will require a CIHR PIN. It is important to provide a PIN number for Collaborators.
• Indigenous Health Research (IHR): For an application to be considered for review by the IHR committee and for the IHR peer review members to assess the level of engagement as required by the TCPS 2 - Chapter 9 on Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada and Indigenous partnering community/organization ethical guidelines, the following steps must be completed at registration:

1. Select ‘yes’ to the question regarding the TCPS 2 – Chapter 9 (“Does your proposal address the TCPS 2 - Chapter 9 Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada and Indigenous partnering community/organizational ethical guidelines?”);
2. Provide a detailed justification in the related text field to indicate how the proposal addresses the principles of the TCPS 2 – Chapter 9;
3. Select the Indigenous Health Research (IHR) committee as the first suggested peer review committee.

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