Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) – NSERC Partnered, in collaboration with SSHRC

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Updated 09-May-2018: As per revised CIHR application guidelines, Institutional signatures are no longer required for the Letter of Intent (LOI). Applicants are still required to submit a My Research Application (MRA) for the LOI stage by the internal deadline of May 25th, 2018 for divisional approvals.

Updated 03-May-2018: The Research Services Office is hosting an information session for the 2018-19 Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) competition. If you would like to attend this session, Please register by Monday May 7th, 2018 to

Updated 20-Apr-2018: SSHRC has joined CIHR and NSERC for the 2018-19 competition of the CHRP initiative. This includes a special call focused on artificial intelligence, health and society.

The CHRP Initiative funding supports innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects, requiring participation from the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community. The CHRP Initiative funding requires the translation of the research results to knowledge/technology users (KTUs) and related stakeholders outside the academic or training environment. As such, the proposed research projects must have a strong focus on knowledge translation (KT) and lead to health and economic benefits for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and/or a strengthened health care system. KTU organizations should be meaningfully engaged throughout the research process, as appropriate, to inform research planning and design. For more information on KT at CIHR, please see About KT. Applicants are also encouraged to refer to CIHR’s Guide to Knowledge Translation Planning at CIHR: Integrated and End-of-Grant Approaches. For additional guidance regarding knowledge/technology users, please consult CHRP – Frequently Asked Questions.

The CHRP Initiative projects must include training opportunities for trainees in collaborative and interdisciplinary research of relevance to health, preparing them for employment opportunities in the private, public or not for profit sectors. Given that interactions between personnel from academic institutions and other sectors contribute to knowledge sharing and the development of trainees, CIHR and NSERC encourage secondments, cross-appointments, co-supervision of students, internships, reciprocal laboratory visits and joint workshops.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Applicants are encouraged to increase the inclusion and advancement of women and other under-represented groups in the natural sciences and engineering, as one means to enhance excellence in research and training. Applicants should strive for diversity and increased gender equity when developing their group of co-applicants, collaborators and trainees. Applicants should refer to the NSERC Guide for Applicants: Considering equity, diversity and inclusion in your application for more information on integrating sex, diversity and gender equity considerations in research design, and equity and diversity among research personnel. Applicants are also encouraged to consult CIHR’s reference on How to integrate sex and gender into research. CIHR expects that all research applicants will integrate gender and sex into their research designs, when appropriate.

Research Areas

Innovative interdisciplinary research projects involving collaborations between the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community, with a strong focus on knowledge translation (KT) and training leading to health and economic benefits for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and/or a strengthened health care system will be considered relevant to the overall funding opportunity.

In addition, a special call: Artificial Intelligence (AI): Health and Society is being supported by CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC within this funding opportunity. A portion of the total available funds for this year’s funding opportunity will be devoted to supporting projects relevant to this special call. Successful projects from this call will bring together researchers from natural sciences and engineering; health sciences; social sciences and humanities to collaborate on innovative artificial intelligence research applied to health and to investigate ethical, legal, and/or societal impacts associated with the development, scale, and spread of AI in the health sector.

Application Process:

The funding opportunity has a two-step application process. Phase 1 requires completion of a Letter of Intent (LOI). This is a competitive LOI phase, and only selected LOI submissions will be invited forward to submit a full Phase 2 application.

Phase 2 requires applicants successful at LOI stage to complete a full application.


The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $24.875 million dollars.

  • Of the $24.875 million, up to $5.975 million may be available from CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC to fund applications relevant to the special call Artificial Intelligence: Health and Society.

This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum duration of support for any one grant is three years.

Critical Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 5:00pm – Internal deadline for receipt of LOI for U of T administrative review and comments (by request).
  • Friday, May 25, 2018, 5:00pm – Internal deadline for submission of My Research Applications (MRA). U of T institutional signatures are not required for LOIs; however, submission of an MRA is mandatory.
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 8:00pm – Deadline for LOI  to be submitted to CIHR online via ResearchNetTHIS IS A HARD DEADLINE.
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – Anticipated notice of decision for LOI.
  • Monday, October 22, 2018, 5:00pm – Internal deadline for receipt of full application (by invitation only) via MRA for internal approvals and administrative review and comments (by request).
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 8:00pm – Full Application deadline (by invitation only)  for proposal to be submitted online via ResearchNet with all required attachments. THIS IS A HARD DEADLINE).


LOI – Signatures must be included for all applicants, except Collaborators and the Nominated Principal Applicant, who provides a “virtual signature” by way of submitting the application on ResearchNet. Institutional signature by the Research Services Office is not required for the LOI. Nonetheless, applicants are required to submit an  MRA with a copy of the LOI before the internal deadline.

Full Application – the Nominated Principal Applicant does not need to provide a signature: electronically submitting an application via ResearchNet constitutes a signature from the NPA. CIHR requires the physical signatures of other participants (i.e., other Principal Applicants, Co-Applicants, Knowledge Users, Supervisors, etc.); these must be collected and uploaded to the application, together with the Routing Slip, by the Nominated Principal Applicant before it is submitted. It is not necessary to obtain institutional signature for the Full Application, as the CIHR e-Approval is in place for this competition and allows the University to approve electronically. The final page of the CIHR Signature Page can be left blank when uploaded to ResearchNet.


  • The proposal must include at least two (2) Principal Applicants (including the Nominated Principal Applicant), one from the natural sciences or engineering community, and one from the health sciences community.
  • The application must include a partnership with at least one (1) eligible, non-academic knowledge/technology user (KTU) organization with an expressed interest and demonstrable ability to use the end products of the research.
    • The application must include at least one (1) representative from a KTU organization in the applicant role of “Principal Knowledge User”.
  • THE NOMINATED PRINCIPAL APPLICANT must be eligible under BOTH NSERC AND CIHR eligibility guidelines.
  • Principal applicants, whether UofT or hospital-based, must apply through their UofT departments and Research Services to meet NSERC and SSHRC institutional eligibility requirements.
  • CO-APPLICANTS can be EITHER NSERC or CIHR eligible, OR both (and/or SSHRC eligible, where applicable).
  • Adjunct professors who meet NSERC’s eligibility criteria, but whose primary place of employment is not a university, may participate as co-applicants.


A webinar will be presented by CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC to provide information on the Request for Applications and answer any questions from the applicants. Please register using the link below:

Monday, April 30, 2018 from 1:30pm-2:30pm EDT

Update (01-May-2018): A second webinar session is now open for registration for Monday, May 7, 2018, from 1:30 pm-2:30pm EDT.

Contact Information

Peter Schwarz-Lam
Research Funding Manager | 416-946-5607

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