Operating Grant: HCRI - Data Analysis Using Existing Databases and Cohorts 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:
    1. an independent researcher or a knowledge user, 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. an individual affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate (see Administration of Funds below); or
    3. an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate (see Administration of Funds below).
  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 below).
  4. For applications involving research with Indigenous Peoples but not solely focused on Indigenous Health Research (i.e., not applying to the Urban Indigenous Health pool), the research team must include:
    1. A Principal Applicant or a Principal Knowledge User (independent researcher or knowledge user) who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) and/or provides evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples (see How to Apply for more details).
    2. The team must include an Indigenous Elder and/or an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper*.
  5. For applications to be considered eligible for the Urban Indigenous Health pool:
    1. 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 for more details).
    2. The team must include an Indigenous Elder and/or an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper*.
  6. The NPA must submit a letter or supporting document from the data custodian indicating the applicants have obtained permission to access the data or a document indicating they are in the process of obtaining permission. If the latter, the NPA must provide evidence of how they will meet the criteria of the policies or processes put in place for data access by the data custodians.
  7. 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. For additional information on sex, gender and health research, applicants are encouraged to review the "How to integrate sex and gender in research" section on the CIHR website.
  8. The Nominated Principal Applicant may only submit one (1) application to this funding opportunity in the role of NPA but may participate in other roles in any number of applications.


This Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI) funding opportunity will support research that leverages existing data to improve the health, wellness and health equity of urban populations. CIHR and other funding agencies have invested heavily in the establishment of cohorts, databases, and data platforms. As a result, many high-quality data sets exist that contain a wealth of information and have the potential to answer research questions that go beyond those for which the data were originally collected or for which the data has been used to date. Examples of such resources include but are not limited to data available through Statistics Canada's Research Data Centres, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CanPath) and the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), as well as administrative datasets, surveys, large data linkage projects and cohort catalogues that bring together datasets from multiple sources such as the Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE).

This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following two (2) research areas:

  1. Healthy Cities Intervention Research General Pool
    The general pool will fund projects that use existing cohort data, administrative datasets, surveys, registries, and data platforms and that are relevant to the HCRI's goal and objectives. As important collaborators on the overall HCRI, Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) are partnering in-kind to promote the use of existing data to advance healthy cities intervention research and implementation science. See Statistics Canada's Data available at the Research Data Centres page and CIHI's Data Request page for details on the data resources available. Please note that applications are not required to use Statistics Canada or CIHI data, nor will preference be given to those proposals that do use their data.
  2. Healthy Cities Intervention Research Urban Indigenous Health Pool
    The Urban Indigenous Health Pool will fund projects that in addition to aligning with the requirements of the general pool, also focus on urban Indigenous Health Research. This pool seeks applicants who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) and/or can provide evidence of meaningful and culturally safe engagement with Indigenous Peoples in a health research environment. Projects must be in alignment with CIHR's definition of Indigenous Health Research.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Indigenous Rights




Application deadlines

RSO detailed review deadline

October 25, 2023 - 4:00 PM

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 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:

Full application, plus approvals in RMS, will be required by RSO by noon on Friday, November 3, 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 Wednesday, November 8, 2023.




Support for projects involving Indigenous Research:

Support with the early 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.


RMS: Creating a Pre-Award Application

Contact Details


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI)
urban populations
health equity
Indigenous health research