Catalyst Grant: Healthy Youth (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 one of the following:
    • 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);
    • An individual affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate;
    • An Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research or knowledge translation mandate.
  2. The NPA (individual) 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 before the funding can be released (see Administration of Funds).
  4. The NPA* must have successfully completed at least 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 section). Please select and complete the training module most applicable to your research project.
  5. At least one participant in a Principal role, either the NPA, a Principal Applicant (PA) or a Principal Knowledge User (PKU), must be a youth voice representative (e.g., a youth with relevant lived and living experience with the research area, a representative from a youth-focused organization, etc.) 18 years of age or older.
  6. An Early Career Researcher (ECR) must be identified as either the NPA or a PA.
  7. For applications involving research with Indigenous Peoples but not applying to the Indigenous Youth research area, at least one member of the research team in a Principal role (i.e. PA or PKU) must self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) and/or provide evidence of meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples (see How to Apply section).
  8. For applications to be considered eligible for the Indigenous Youth research area:
    • The NPA must self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) and/or provide evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples (see How to Apply section);
    • The applicant team must include an Indigenous Elder and/or an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, identified in any role;
    • The youth voice representative must self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis).


This catalyst grant funding opportunity is part of the Healthy Youth Initiative led by the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH). It aims to help identify and develop emerging research foci relevant to at least one of the six priority areas of Canada's Youth Policy, foster networking and collaboration, and build capacity for youth engagement in health research.

In addition to funding projects that align with the overall purpose (see above) of this funding opportunity, including aligning with at least one of the six priority areas of Canada's Youth Policy, separate funding pools will support projects relevant to both the overall purpose AND the following priority research areas:

  • Promoting Health Equity in Canada’s Youth
    This funding pool will support population and public health research seeking to enhance health equity among youth in Canada through direct focus on the social and/or structural determinants of health. Applications that explore and/or address the impact of structural systems of oppression including, but not limited to, colonialism, racism and/or ableism are highly encouraged.
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and/or Urban Indigenous) Youth
    This funding pool supports distinctions-based research that focuses on First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and/or Urban Indigenous youth, and is relevant to the mandate of Indigenous Services Canada - First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (ISC-FNIHB).
  • Environment and Climate Action
    This funding pool supports research that focuses on the intersection of environment and climate action with youth health and well-being.

Other Considerations

In alignment with the guiding principles of Canada's Youth Policy, this funding opportunity will address principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), with the aim of ensuring responsiveness to the needs and circumstances of all young people. The Youth Policy also highlights reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and the importance of equitable access to opportunities and supports, as key considerations to ensure the sustainability of Indigenous communities. The importance of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and the need for equitable access to opportunities and supports are therefore also recognized as key considerations in this funding opportunity.




Pre-application deadlines

RSO internal deadline

October 12, 2023 - 6:00 PM

Pre-application program deadline

October 12, 2023 - 6:00 PM

Application deadlines

RSO final internal review deadline

November 3, 2023 - 12:00 PM

Program application deadline

November 8, 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 May 11, 2023. No RMS needed for this step.

Full application, plus approvals in RMS, will be required by RSO by noon on June 19, 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 June 22, 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


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
youth health
Healthy Youth Initiative
Indigenous youth