Project Grant: Fall 2019 Competition – Registration

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Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: RGCS review not required for Registration

External Deadline: Wednesday 14th, August 2019


A new process was established beginning September 2013 whereby Academic Units will be assuming the responsibility for institutional review and electronic submission of applications for the CIHR Project, CIHR Foundation, SSHRC Insight, SSHRC Insight Development, and NSERC Discovery and RTI Grants competitions.  Research Grant and Contract Services will no longer be completing the electronic submission for these grants, but will be supporting Academic Units in their review of applications as they may require. If you are intending on applying to any of these competitions, please contact your Grants Facilitation Officer, Associate Dean (Research) or equivalent unit signatory to obtain information on deadlines and processes for institutional review and electronic submission for your unit.

CIHR is pleased to announce the launch of the Project Grant: Fall 2019 Project Grant competition

The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental or applied health-related knowledge, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes by supporting projects or programs of research proposed and conducted by individual researchers or groups of researchers in all areas of health. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches.

Research Areas

The Project Grant program is open to applicants in all areas of health research that are aligned with the CIHR mandate: “To excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system”. The onus is on the applicant to clearly demonstrate the alignment of the application with CIHR’s mandate.

In addition, funding is available for specific research areas. See Funding Opportunities in Specific Research Areas below and refer to the Project Grants: Fall 2019 Priority Announcements (Specific Research Areas) for further details.

Funds Available

CIHR financial contributions for the Project Grant are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR reserves the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to grants received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • The total amount available for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Project Grant competitions is $550M. Sunsetting the CIHR Foundation Grant program will lead to increased budgets for future Project Grant competitions.
  • 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.
  • The Project Grant competition will also have a specific funding envelope to support early career researchers (ECRs). The success rate for ECRs will be equalized, ensuring that the proportion of ECRs funded equals the proportion of ECR applicants to the competition. Competition processes and peer review for this cohort will be fully integrated within the competition as a whole with no additional steps required on the part of the applicant.
  • The number of grants funded will depend on the requested budgets and peer review recommendations.
  • Project Grant funding levels are proportionate to the requirements of the research proposed, which is expected to vary by research field, research approach, and scope of proposal activities.

Funding Opportunities in Specific Research Areas

  • Funding is augmented by CIHR Institute Priority Announcements (PAs) that award grants in specific research areas relevant to the Institutes’ mandates. PAs offer additional sources of funding for highly ranked and competitive applications that were not funded through the Project Grant competition budget. Streamlined applications (see the Review Process and Evaluation section below) and those rated below 3.5 are not eligible for funding through PAs since they were assessed as being non-competitive.
  • In order for an application to be considered for funding through a PA, applicants must select a relevant PA from the drop-down menu in their ResearchNet application form. Selection of PA is not available in the registration form.
  • Refer to the Project Grants: Fall 2019 Priority Announcements (Specific Research Areas) for further details.

Partner Participation

The Project Grant program has no formal requirements for partnering; however, depending on the nature of the research proposal a commitment (cash or in-kind) from interested or engaged knowledge user(s) or other partners will be reasonably expected by peer reviewers.

Funding Sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: July 24, 2019