Team Grant: Lung Health (2023)


Opportunity link:

Opportunity type:



Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Award amount and duration:

variable, maximum $700,000 per year for five years





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 successfully 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 section).
  5. In addition to the NPA, a Research Team application must include multidisciplinary team members that demonstrate expertise to address each of the cross-cutting themes
  6. In addition to the NPA, at a minimum, each Research Team application must include the following:
    1. An Early career researcher(s) and/or mid-career researcher(s) as Co-Principal Applicant(s);
    2. Trainee(s);
    3. Knowledge user(s)and
    4. Person(s) with lived/living experience: In the context of this funding opportunity, this includes individuals with personal experience of a health issue, and formal and informal caregivers, including family and friends.
  7. For Research Team applications undertaking Indigenous Health Research, at least one (1) team member must be:
    1. An 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;
    2. An Indigenous Elder and/or an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper*;
    3. An Indigenous non-governmental organization;
    4. An individual associated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization.
  8. Applicants may be a NPA for one Research Team application only; however, an NPA may be involved as a co-applicant in other Research Team applications.

*A Knowledge Keeper (also known as a Knowledge Holder or Knowledge Guardian) is an Indigenous person, regardless of age, who possesses the Indigenous cultural knowledge necessary for the proposed research project or activities, as recognized, validated, and authenticated by the Indigenous community.


The goal of this funding opportunity is to unite interdisciplinary Research Teams to collectively address threats to lung health in a manner that leverages past investments, existing capacity, available infrastructure and research expertise.

The purpose of the Team Grant funding opportunity is to fund interdisciplinary teams that will address ongoing, new and emerging threats to lung health by improving the understanding of biological, social, environmental and behavioural effects on lung health. Collectively, these teams will develop and disseminate evidence-based solutions for better lung health and overall wellness, including a focus on health disparities; equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) analyses; and Indigenous contexts.

This funding will support interdisciplinary Research Teams to address lung health within defined research areas. The Research Teams are expected to collaborate through identified cross-cutting themes to leverage expertise, experience and resources to collectively maximize the impact of the Research Teams on the lung health and overall wellness of people living in Canada (see Figure 1: Research Team Composition).




Application deadlines

RSO final internal review deadline

November 10, 2023 - 12:00 PM

Program application deadline

November 16, 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


CIHR will be hosting the following webinar to support participants with the requirements of this funding opportunity and to answer questions on how to apply.

Slido will be used as an interactive tool where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the session. Participants can join at with #LungHealthTeams to participate.

When: Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 12:00 pm MT | Join
Duration: 90 minutes


Submission Process:

Full application, plus approvals in RMS, will be required by RSO by noon on November 10, 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 November 16, 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)
Lung health
circulatory and respiratory health
cancer research
data science and policy
knowledge mobilization
team grant
Indigenous health