Operating Grant: CRISM Network Coordinating Centre 2023


Opportunity type:



Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Award amount and duration:

$800,000/year for up to 5 years





The Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) Network has been identified for this directed funding opportunity.

For the application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be a member of the CRISM Network. A letter of support from all CRISM regional node Nominated Principal Investigators (NPI) will be required to confirm eligibility. See How to Apply for more information.
  2. The NPA must be an independent researcher affiliated with 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).
  3. The NPA must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.
  4. The Institution Paid must be authorized to administer CIHR funds before the funding can be released (for more information see Administration of Funds.)
  5. Four additional independent researchers, one from each of the other four Regional Nodes (i.e., one from each of the Nodes not represented by the NPA) must be identified as Principal Applicants (PA).
  6. The NPA of the Indigenous Engagement Platform funding opportunity must be a Principal Applicant in this funding opportunity. This PA must self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or provide a track record of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, including Urban Indigenous communities. A one-page document describing how they meet this requirement must be submitted as an “Other” attachment (see How to Apply section).
  7. At least one Early Career Researcher (ECR) must be identified as either the NPA or a PA.
  8. At least one project participant, other than the NPA, must be a Service Provider for problematic substance use, under the broad definition of a Knowledge User (KU) and listed in that role.
  9. At least one project participant, other than the NPA and the Service Provider, must be a PWLLE, under the broad definition of a Knowledge User (KU) and listed in that role.
  10. The application must also identify the following participants, who may hold other roles in addition to standing as those listed below. These roles can be served by any project participant including the NPA, PAs, Principal Knowledge Users (PKUs) and KUs:
    1. A Knowledge Mobilization Champion who has experience developing and implementing integrated approaches to knowledge mobilization that are inclusive and support equitable and sustainable partnerships; and
    2. An Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Champion with expertise in sound EDI practices and principles. The EDI Champion can be any member of the team including a KU or PWLLE. See Additional Information for wise practices on including an EDI Champion and defining their potential roles in the platform.
  11. The NPA and EDI Champion (if different) must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and submitted a Certificate of Completion (see How to Apply section). Please select and complete the training module most applicable to your research project.


The Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) was established in 2015 (Phase I) by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to build a national network in substance use research. CRISM Phase I comprised of four large multi-disciplinary, integrated teams (also referred to as “Nodes”) of substance use researchers, service providers, decision makers and people with lived and living experience (PWLLE) collectively known as the “Network”. This Network provides a flexible and expandable platform for accelerating the development and flow of local and pan-Canadian research studies and knowledge mobilization (KM) on problematic substance use, including prevention, harm reduction and treatment.

This funding opportunity will support the development of a Coordinating Centre to provide a national governance structure for CRISM, to support knowledge mobilization efforts of CRISM Network activities, and coordinate training and capacity building within CRISM, while enhancing coordination, communication, and partner engagement across CRISM.

The CRISM Network Coordinating Centre will also work with the CRISM Indigenous Engagement Platform to support engagement with Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), including Urban Indigenous communities, to ensure that substance use health research practices, plans and activities are conducted in a meaningful and culturally safe environment.


Application deadlines

RSO final internal review deadline

October 2, 2023 - 12:00 PM

Program application deadline

October 5, 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 rsotrainee@ucalgary.ca. 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

Overhead N/A

Conditions of Funding

  • The NPA must consent to the use and disclosure of full application and nominative information at the time of application, for purposes of funding decisions by the relevant sponsors.
  • The Network Coordinating Centre will become a part of the CRISM Network.
  • The NPA must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term. Should the NPA leave Canada, a new NPA must be identified. 
  • The NPA must remain a member of the CRISM Network throughout the term of the grant. Should the NPA leave the CRISM network before the grant term end, another member from the CRISM Network will need to be appointed as Nominated Principal Investigator. 
  • Data related to research by and with First Nations, Inuit, Métis or Urban Indigenous communities whose traditional and ancestral territories are in Canada must be managed in accordance with data management principles developed and approved by those communities, and on the basis of free, prior and informed consent. This includes, but is not limited to, considerations of Indigenous data sovereignty, as well as data collection, ownership, protection, use, and sharing.
  • The Network Coordinating Centre must host and lead the planning and organizing of an annual event on Canadian substance use research and/or CRISM activities in collaboration with the Indigenous Engagement Platform. CIHR must be invited as an observer to this event. The application’s budget must account for the cost of planning and hosting this annual event.
  • The NPA will work with the EDI Champion to ensure (and report) that EDI considerations are integrated across all components and activities of the Coordinating Centre, as appropriate.

Submission Process:

Full application, plus approvals in RMS, will be required by RSO by noon on Monday, October 2, 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 Thursday, October 5, 2023.

Contact Details


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
substance use/misuse
mental health