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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.


Important Foundation Competition Dates

Foundation Grant: 2018-2019
  • August 15, 2018: Registration Deadline
  • September 12, 2018 (10:00 am): RSO Internal Deadline for Stage 1
  • September 19, 2018: CIHR Application Deadline - Stage 1
  • December 18, 2018: Anticipated Notice of Decision: Stage 1
  • February 6, 2019: CIHR Application Deadline - Stage 2
  • July 1, 2019: Funding Start Date
  • July 16, 2019: Anticipated Notice of Decision - Final Assessment Stage

See competition website for more details.

Fall 2018 Project Grant
  • August 15, 2018: Registration Deadline
  • August 30, 2018 (10:00 am): RSO Internal Deadline
  • September 12, 2018: CIHR Application Deadline
  • January 23, 2019: Anticipated Notice of Decision
  • April 1, 2019: Funding Start Date
See competition website for more details.

Spring 2019 Project Grant

  • February 6, 2019: Registration Deadline 
  • TBC: RSO Internal Deadline
  • March 6, 2019: CIHR Application Deadline
  • July 10, 2019: Anticipated Notice of Decision
  • October 1, 2019: Funding Start Date

See competition website for more details.


New: 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.