Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) – NSERC Partnered

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The CHRP Initiative, jointly funded by CIHR and NSERC, 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 and “Knowledge to Action: A Knowledge Translation Casebook” for additional guidance.

The CHRP Initiative projects must include training opportunities for highly qualified personnel (HQP) 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 HQP, NSERC and CIHR encourage secondments, cross-appointments, co-supervision of students, internships, reciprocal laboratory visits and joint workshops.

Research Areas

Funding will be provided for 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.

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 $20.4 million dollars. 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 30, 2017, 5:00pm – Internal deadline for receipt of LOI for U of T administrative review and comments (if desired).  Please submit via My Research Applications (MRA) for review and signature.
  • Tuesday, June 6, 8:00pm – Letter of Intent Deadline to be submitted to CIHR online via ResearchNet.  THIS IS A HARD DEADLINE. In addition please ensure that an MRA with a copy of the LOI is submitted at least 2 days ahead of time in order to obtain U of T institutional signature.
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Anticipated notice of decision for LOI.
  • Tuesday, October 10,2017 – Internal deadline for receipt of full application (by invitation only) via MRA.
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – 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 from the Institution Paid. The signed Signature Pages must be uploaded to ResearchNet prior to submission to CIHR.

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. Signature on behalf of the institution, as the “Institution Paid” is not required, 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 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.
  • CO-APPLICANTS can be EITHER NSERC or CIHR eligible, OR both.
  • Adjunct professors who meet NSERC’s eligibility criteria, but whose primary place of employment is not a university, may participate as co-applicants.


Contact Information

Deanna Pong
Research Funding Manager (Mat. Leave) | (416) 946-5607

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