Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. CIHR was created in 2000 under the authority of the CIHR Act and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Health.

CIHR was created to transform health research in Canada by:

  • funding more research on targeted priority areas
  • building research capacity in under-developed areas such as population health and health services research
  • training the next generation of health researchers
  • focusing on knowledge translation, so that the results of research are transformed into policies, practices, procedures, products and services

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is one of the Tri-Council Agencies, along with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The Tri-Council Agencies are a major source of research funding for post-secondary institutions in Canada. All research that is funded by the Tri-Council Agencies must be in accordance with the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions. This agreement describes the basic requirements for obtaining and maintaining institutional eligibility to administer research funds.

CIHR Project Grant: Fall 2021 Competition

Important Deadlines:

Registration on ResearchNet

6:00 pm, Wednesday, August 18, 2021 (Edmonton time)

Upload complete application to ResearchNet

New! Don’t submit until RSO approves application

Upload complete application and obtain approvals from Department (if relevant) and Faculty through Researcher Home Page

8:00 am, Thursday, September 2, 2021 (Edmonton time) ie. “Submit” should be pressed before Monday, August 30, 2021

Final Submission to ResearchNet

10:00 am, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 (Edmonton Time)

REGISTRATION PHASE: Institutional review and approval are NOT required during the registration phase.

CIHR Deadline: 6:00 pm Wednesday, August 18, 2021 (Edmonton time)


The Nominated Principal Applicant must remain unchanged between registration and application. Other participants can be added, removed, or change roles between registration and application. A Common CV is not required for registration.

For Partnered/Integrated Knowledge Translation (iKT) Projects, you must identify at least one Principal Applicant who is a knowledge user as a participant if your project includes a "partner and knowledge user" or "a knowledge user only".

APPLICATION PHASE: Institutional review and approval ARE required during this phase.

1. Create New Proposal:

A new Proposal must be created via the Researcher Home Page (RHP).  Please ensure all University of Alberta Co-applicants identified in the ResearchNet (CIHR’s electronic application management system) application are entered in the RHP Proposal page in the “UofA Co-Investigator(s)” section.  If you receive an error/warning message when entering a co-applicant, please contact your Researcher Facilitator to confirm their eligibility.  For instructions on how to create a Proposal, please refer to the pdf booklet, "Guide to Researcher Home Page" and/or the Quick Reference Guide, “Request for New Application/Proposal/Project via Online Approvals” found on our website.

2. Attach a single pdf version of your complete application:
Please generate a pdf of the preview of your application from ResearchNet and attach it to your proposal in the Researcher Home Page. This needs to be completed before you press “Submit” on your proposal as your Department and Faculty need to be able to view it.
3. Submit for Institutional review and approval:

Part 1: Researcher Home Page (UA): Part 1: Researcher Home Page (UA): “Submit” your completed Proposal via the Researcher Home Page - allowing enough time for the Department and Faculty to review and approve it. Ideally, “Submit” should be pressed before Monday, August 30th so that it reaches RSO before Thursday, September 2, 2021.

Part 2: ResearchNet (CIHR): CHANGE! Do not “Submit” your application on ResearchNet until RSO reviews and approves it..
4. RSO Review:
RSO will review your application in the order in which it was received, email you an Application Review Report containing our comments and suggestions, and set a new Institutional Deadline on ResearchNet for submission. Please visit our website, for more information about what the “RSO Review” entails.
5. Final Submission:
After revisions are complete and RSO has approved, the Applicant must “Submit” the application again on ResearchNet to the Institution, after which RSO will “Submit” the application to CIHR.  Please note: There isn’t a signature page in the CIHR application and there is no need to upload the University’s signatures for this particular competition. Final submission deadline is 10:00 am, Tuesday, September 14, 2021.


RSO Proposal Development:

CIHR: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Funding Opportunity 

PDF Handout: Selecting Primary Affiliation

PDF Handout: Partnered/Integrated Knowledge Translation (iKT) Projects 

If you have any questions, please contact your Faculty-assigned Research Facilitator.

Equity and Diversity Questionnaire for Applicants

As of May 15, 2018, application participants to all CIHR programs must complete an Equity and Diversity Questionnaire. This only needs to be completed once.