Operating Grant: Data Analysis Using Existing Databases and Cohorts (2023)


Opportunity type:



Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Award amount and duration:

$75,000 for up to one (1) 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).
  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 before the funding can be released (see Administration of Funds).
  4. The NPA must be an Early Career Researcher or a Mid-Career Researcher.
  5. The NPA must submit a letter or other supporting document from the data custodian indicating the applicants have obtained permission to access the data.
  6. The NPA 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 submit a Certificate of Completion (see How to Apply section). Please select and complete the training module most applicable to your research project.
  7. Any research involving Indigenous Peoples, including those applying to the Indigenous research pool must include at least one applicant (NPA, Principle Applicant or Principle Knowledge User) who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) and/or provides evidence of meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples (see How to Apply section).
  8. An applicant can only submit one application as an NPA but can participate in any number of applications in other applicant roles.


The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support projects that use data from existing Canadian-based cohorts, databases, cohort catalogues, and data platforms, and are relevant to human development, child and/or youth health with the goal to inform improved patient, population, and system outcomes.

In addition to funding projects that align with the overall purpose and objectives of this funding opportunity, separate funding pools will also support projects relevant to both the overall purpose and the following priority research areas:

  • Indigenous research in human development, child and youth health: This funding pool will support distinctions-based research that focuses on human development, child and/or youth health of First Nations, Inuit, and/or Métis Peoples and that is relevant to the mandate of Indigenous Services Canada - First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.
  • Infection and immunity: This funding pool will provide funding for applications that are relevant to the overall area of human development, child and youth health and to CIHR-III’s mandate to support research and help build research capacity in the areas of infectious disease and the body's immune system. Applications must also align with CIHR-III’s new 2021-2026 Strategic Plan. Applications relevant to Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) are strongly encouraged.




Pre-application deadlines

RSO internal deadline

September 7, 2023 - 6:00 PM

Pre-application program deadline

September 7, 2023 - 6:00 PM

Application deadlines

RSO final internal review deadline

September 28, 2023 - 12:00 PM

Program application deadline

October 3, 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

Submission Process:

Registration due directly to CIHR via ResearchNet by 6:00PM Calgary time on Thursday, September 7, 2023. No RMS needed for this step.

Full application, plus approvals in RMS, will be required by RSO by noon on Thursday, September 28, 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 Tuesday October 3, 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 IRST@ucalgary.ca 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 knowledge.engagement@ucalgary.ca 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 research.data@libanswers.ucalgary.com and/or visit https://libguides.ucalgary.ca/researchdatamanagement.


RMS: Creating a Pre-Award Application

Contact Details


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Child and youth health
human development
Indigenous health
data analysis
infection and immunity