Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences)

The Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences) represents one branch of the new University of Alberta Grant Assist Program. The University-wide Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences) supports applicants to CIHR through the delivery of feedback processes, bridge funding, workshops, resources, editing and general support.

This pilot is jointly supported by the Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice-President (Research), Alberta Innovates – Health Innovation, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, and the Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI). The Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences) supports all applications to CIHR and has been delivering support to the entire University community since June 2011.

More information can be found on the Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences) website.

Feedback Processes

Three distinct feedback processes are offered for applications being submitted to CIHR, including the concept discussion, internal review and feedback debrief. For additional information, please review our CIHR feedback processes. They are designed to enhance the preparedness and quality of applications being submitted.

Bridge Funding

Unfunded CIHR Project and Foundation applications that participated in the Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences) [Internal Review or Feedback Debrief] Feedback Processes are eligible to be considered for bridge funding of up to $40,000. Eligibility to apply for bridge funding does not guarantee that funding will be awarded. See Bridge Funding.


The Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences) holds numerous workshops yearly. These workshops provide information on grant writing and insights into the application process. Additionally, CIHR representatives are often hosted. To download PowerPoint PDFs and video recordings of workshops please visit the workshop folders. For additional information about upcoming workshops, see CIHR workshops.


This initiative hosts and develops resources dedicated to the development of CIHR applications. Resources include guidelines for preparing grant applications, check-lists for grant submissions, facts sheets, support material directly from panel members and successful CIHR applicants, and information for applying to CIHR Institute Advisory Boards. Learn more about CIHR resources. To download resources, please visit the Education & Research Archive (ERA) library.


The monthly Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences) E-Bulletin contains important information relevant to submitting an application to CIHR. The E-bulletin includes updates from CIHR and services/resources offered by the program. Researchers may want to subscribe to the CIHR Special Project E-Bulletin to receive it directly.

For additional information please contact:

Joanne Simala-Grant
Director, Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences)
Tel: 780-492-1566