Operating Grant: Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research Centre - Development Grant


Opportunity type:



Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Award amount and duration:

$75,000 each for 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 one of the following:
    1. An Indigenous community, group or organization with a research or knowledge translation mandate.
    2. An independent researcher or a knowledge user who either:
      • self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or
      • provides evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples.
  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 team must involve at least one (1) team member, from the following category:
    1. An Indigenous Elder and/or an Indigenous Knowledge Holder* identified on the application as a Knowledge User.

Note: This funding opportunity seeks applicants who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or provide evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples in order to:

  1. Prioritize First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and communities in leading their research agendas;
  2. Promote cultural safety of and appropriate engagements by researchers working with Indigenous Peoples in meaningful ways to ensure that respectful relations are established;
  3. Add value to the research through the use of Indigenous culturally relevant theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and Indigenous culturally appropriate research protocols, including Indigenous methodologies; and
  4. Promote equity and development of trainees, researchers and knowledge users who are of Indigenous ancestry.

*A Knowledge Holder (also known as a Knowledge Keeper or a 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.


This funding opportunity is one of several planned as part of the Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) Program. The focus of the NEIHR Program is to establish a national network of centres focused on Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) Peoples' capacity development, research and Knowledge Sharing (KS). The NEIHR Centres are intended to provide supportive research environments for Indigenous health research driven by and grounded in Indigenous communities in Canada. Indigenous communities are broadly defined as individuals, groups, organizations, and populations who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) who live and work anywhere in Canada. The goal of the NEIHR Centres are to ensure continued Indigenous health research environment growth, broad regional development, and potential for international collaborations.

This development grant will provide support for development activities, including community personnel support and travel support to attend gatherings of Indigenous communities, researchers, knowledge users, stakeholders, and/or partners, in preparation of a Yukon NEIHR Centre Operating Grant application. The expected development activities include a preliminary review of the literature, and other information sources, along with a local and/or regional assessment to determine readiness, priority areas of interest and capacity within the community to develop a Yukon NEIHR to join the existing NEIHR Program. 




Application deadlines

RSO final internal review deadline

March 27, 2024 - 12:00 PM

Program application deadline

April 3, 2024 - 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


CIHR is hosting an applicant information webinar on the Yukon Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) Centre – Development Grant to support participants with the requirements of this funding opportunity and to answer questions on how to apply.

When: September 13, 2023, at 11:30 AM MT
Duration: 60 minutes
Language: English

To register, please send an email to the NEIHR CIHR team.


Submission Process:

Full application, plus approvals in RMS, will be required by RSO by noon on March 27, 2024. 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 April 3, 2024.




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.

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 Erin.OToole@ucalgary.ca for more information.


RMS: Creating a Pre-Award Application

Contact Details


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Indigenous health research
development grant
community engaged research