Operating Grant : Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR)

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: inquire with unit

Memorial Deadline: Thursday 28th, March 2024

External Deadline: Wednesday 3rd, April 2024


The Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) Program has set the foundation towards establishing a national network of centres focused on capacity development, research and Knowledge Sharing (KS) centred on Indigenous Peoples (i.e., First Nations, Inuit and Métis). This funding opportunity is to support the renewal of the nine (9) originally funded NEIHR Centres and the one (1) NEIHR National Coordinating Centre that received funds from the 2019 NEIHR operating grant competition. This renewal will enable the current NEIHR Centres to continue building on key achievements made within each of their determined catchment areas.

This funding opportunity will continue to encourage supportive research environments for Indigenous health research driven by and grounded in Indigenous communities in Canada through the NEIHR Centres. Indigenous communities are broadly defined as individuals, groups, organizations, and populations who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis) living and working anywhere in Canada.

The NEIHR Centres continue to grow overall awareness, and capacity to advance health research that is relevant to Indigenous Peoples’ cultures, values, and beliefs; and is inclusive of active community members contributing to health research. The renewal of the NEIHR Centres ensures continued growth, that broadens regional development, potential for international collaborations and allows for the continued support of the Indigenous health research environment through the NEIHR Initiative.

The NEIHR Program includes the following:

Capacity Building: The renewal of the existing NEIHR Centres take a comprehensive approach to building capacity in Indigenous health research by concentrating on Indigenous communities and structural factors (e.g., educational systems, institutions, research infrastructures, policy apparatus) and by focusing on the individual NEIHR centre (e.g., supporting trainees and researchers). The renewal of the NEIHR Centres will support the ongoing development and implementation of multiple and multi-level strategies that fully engage Indigenous communities and traditional Indigenous knowledge to establish a robust and sustainable foundation for Indigenous health research.

Renewal of the NEIHR National Coordinating Centre will provide continued coordination of the NEIHR Centres across Canada under one shared governance structure, which is accountable to both NEIHR-affiliated Indigenous communities and CIHR.

Community-Based Participatory Research: Through the renewal of the NEIHR Centres, capacity for community-based participatory research (also known as community-based research) will continue within Indigenous communities with a unique emphasis on trainees of Indigenous ancestry. The NEIHR Centres will support Indigenous community organizations when applying to CIHR to become eligible host institutions to receive CIHR funds, and will aim to increase the number of Indigenous community members (e.g., Elders and Knowledge Holders [see Eligibility]) who are CIHR-funded investigators and knowledge users. The funded NEIHR Centres will also support the submission of applications by Indigenous health researchers to CIHR competitions or other funding programs, and improve the competitiveness of NEIHR-affiliated researchers and trainees for future research grants and awards.

Co-Learning Strategies: The renewal of the NEIHR Centres will continue to provide options for co-learning strategies in Indigenous community settings that are appropriate to the specific learning objectives, strategies and techniques, and projected outcomes of trainees, early career investigators, community research associates, established investigators who are newly recruited to Indigenous health research, knowledge users, and Indigenous grassroots community members. Co-learning strategies will also yield training materials on Indigenous-specific scholarships, Indigenous health research, Indigenous research ethics and community relationships. In this way, co-learning strategies will improve professional development skills in managing data derived from Indigenous people and provide training modules on emerging professional expectations for new science/policy/practice frontiers.

Engagement of Networks: National Research Agenda: The renewal of the NEIHR Centres will strengthen the engagement of networks among and with Indigenous communities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, and interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral groups and organizations. Thus, NEIHR Centre grantees will support a national research agenda in Indigenous health and champion Indigenous community-based research and Indigenous research paradigms. The NEIHR Centres will contribute to improved health, wellness, strength and resilience of Indigenous Peoples. NEIHR Centre grantees will assemble evidence of the transformative nature of research benefiting Indigenous Peoples and Communities, both by individual NEIHR grants and collectively, including evidence obtained from non-NEIHR grants.

Advisory, Coordination and Knowledge Sharing Role: When appropriate, the NEIHR National Coordinating Centre and selected grantees will provide feedback and advice to CIHR and other research-related organizations on the development and implementation of policies, processes and programs that may impact Indigenous health research. The NEIHR National Coordinating Centre will coordinate advice to share with other research entities, initiatives, and platforms.

See ResearchNet for more information.

Competition 202404NIR
Application Deadline 2024-04-03



Funding Sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: January 31, 2024