Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

CIHR offers the following research funding opportunities. Please visit our Funding Deadlines Calendar for information on current competitions and internal submission processes.

As of February 1, 2021 all new competitions which run through the External Grants Team will now include a 3-business day internal deadline requirement.

On-going Programs

Project Scheme: Is designed to support ideas with the greatest potential for important advances in health-related knowledge, the health care system, and/or health outcomes. Supported projects will have a specific purposed and defined endpoint. There will be two (2) Project competitions per year, starting in Spring 2016. For more information see CIHR’s website.

Catalyst Grant: Various opportunities throughout the year, often in strategic areas.  Check ResearchNet for opportunities or our Funding Calendar.

Team Grants: Various opportunities throughout the year, often in strategic areas. Check ResearchNet for opportunities or our Funding Calendar.

Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP): The CHRP program is a joint initiative between the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).  The program support innovative interdisciplinary collaborative research projects requiring participation from the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community.  LOI deadline is normally in May of each year. For more information visit the CIHR website.

Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) : Objective is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care. For more information on both SPOR Networks and SPOR Units visit the CIHR website.v


Lindsey Hritzuk 

Senior Research Grants Officer

Grants and Awards Division | Research Services

Program Updates

Foundation Scheme: CIHR has recently made the decision to sunset the Foundation Grant program. Awards will continue as planned, but no further competitions will be held. CIHR is working to help transition Foundation Grant Award Holders back into the Project Grant stream. For more information please see the Message from the President and Transition planning considerations for Foundation Grant holders

CIHR University Delegates Network

The CIHR University Delegate (UD) network has been in place since 2001. This group meets once a month via teleconference, and its mandate is to keep the health research community, within the university and its affiliated institutions, informed of CIHR's research directions, initiatives and decisions, and to solicit their active participation on awareness activities. To review notes from these monthly meetings, click here.