Catalyst Grant: Health Impacts of Gambling and Gaming (2023)


Opportunity type:



Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Award amount and duration:

$100,000 for one year





For an application to be eligible, all the requirements stated below must be met:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution and/or its affiliated institutions (including hospitals, research institutes and other non-profit organizations with a mandate for health research and/or knowledge translation).
  2. The NPA must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.
  3. The Institution Paid must be authorized to administer CIHR funds by the application deadline (see List of CIHR Eligible Institutions).
  4. The NPA must have completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and have submitted a Certificate of Completion (see How to Apply for more details).
  5. In addition to the NPA, the applicant team must include at least one Knowledge User (listed as a Knowledge User or Principal Knowledge User).
  6. For any research applications involving Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) the applicant team must include an NPA, a Principal Applicant (PA), a Co-Applicant,  a Principal Knowledge User (PKU) or a Knowledge User (KU) who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) and/or provides evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples. A one-page document describing how they meet this requirement must be submitted as an "Other" attachment (see How to Apply for more details).
  7. A NPA can submit a maximum of 2 applications under this funding opportunity. If the NPA submits more than 2 applications, CIHR will automatically withdraw the last application(s) submitted based on time-stamp of submission.


This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas:

  • risk and/or protective factors and the development of problematic gambling or gaming, including co-morbidity with substance use and/or mental health disorders;
  • evaluation of interventions to prevent, reduce the harms of or treat the full spectrum of problematic gambling or gaming, including interventions which consider the prevention or treatment of comorbid substance use or mental health disorders. This can include the development and evaluation of novel interventions or the evaluation of existing interventions;
  • evaluation of policies and regulations relating to gambling or gaming that have the potential to impact health.

Research focused on the intersection of gambling and gaming for any of the above research areas will be eligible.

Projects that include consideration of gambling and gaming implications/interventions across different populations, particularly those from marginalized populations and/or consideration of the implications of the social determinants of health are encouraged.




Pre-application deadlines

RSO internal deadline

September 26, 2023 - 6:00 PM

Pre-application program deadline

September 26, 2023 - 6:00 PM

Application deadlines

RSO final internal review deadline

October 4, 2023 - 12:00 PM

Program application deadline

October 10, 2023 - 6:00 PM


NOTE: Consult your Faculty Associate Dean (Research) (ADR) regarding Faculty-specific deadlines and submission processes.

Principal Investigators: Complete a Research Management System (RMS) record, including a copy of your complete application, and submit this for approvals in RMS.

Postdocs, students, and trainees: For fellowships and externally-sponsored research training awards or opportunities, you must complete the Research Funding Application Approval (RFAA) Trainee PDF form, and submit it, along with a complete copy of the application, to Research Services at Trainees should not use RMS at this time.

Approvals: The University of Calgary requires that all funding applications be approved prior to submission. Approval requires signatures via either RMS or the RFAA Trainee form, in the following order:

  • Principal Investigator
  • Department Head
  • Faculty ADR/Dean
  • Research Services (on behalf of the Vice-President Research)

Read the Meaning of Grant Signatures policy to understand what your approval means. Please see the agency guidelines for details about which signatures are required on your application, as it may differ from internal requirements.

Late submissions: Late submissions will only be accepted in cases of medical or family emergencies, or other exceptional circumstances. If you submit your RMS record to Research Services after the internal deadline has passed, you must secure additional approvals. Please read: Late Applications Process.

Additional Information

Submission Process:

Registration due directly to CIHR via ResearchNet by 6:00PM Calgary time on September 26, 2023. No RMS needed for this step.

Full application, plus approvals in RMS, will be required by RSO by noon on October 4, 2023. Please be sure to select "Submitted for approvals" (Under Save & Progress) in RMS in enough time to allow for approvals from your Department Head and/or ADR prior to the internal RSO deadline. Consult your department and faculty for more information on their approval processes and timelines.

Do not submit through ResearchNet until RSO's signature has been granted!! 

Once institutional signature has been obtained, a copy of the CIHR signature page will be available via the RMS record, under Documents. Upload the CIHR signature page and routing slip in the Print/Upload Signature Pages task in ResearchNet by 6:00PM Calgary time on October 10, 2023.



Support for projects involving Indigenous Research:

Support with the development of your grant application is available internally through the Indigenous Research Support Team (IRST). Applicants can reach out by email to IRST at in advance of the RSO internal deadline. For more information about IRST, please visit the IRST webpage.

Support for Knowledge Engagement:

Support for knowledge mobilization/engagement/translation is available internally through the Knowledge Engagement Team. Applicants can reach out by email to the KE team at in advance of the RSO internal deadline. For more information, please visit the KE team webpage.

Support for Research Data Management:

For information on research data management plans, processes, or best practices for your research program, please contact and/or visit

Support for EDI in Research:

RSO can provide resources and support to research teams on the integration of equitable and inclusive practices in research design and research practice. Contact for more information.


RMS: Creating a Pre-Award Application

Contact Details


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