Project Grant

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Key Dates (Spring 2018 Competition)
  • Registration Deadline:  February 06, 2018*
  • Application Deadline (ResearchNet): March 06, 2018 – Applicants MUST SUBMIT a completed MRA online form NO LATER THAN 5pm, February 27th, 2018. The University will e-approve Applications (which automatically submits them to CIHR) ONLY for those applications for which we have received an approved MRA .
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: July 10, 2018
  • Funding Start Date: October 01, 2018

* Note: Applicants are required to register before they are eligible to submit a Full Application to CIHR.



The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. It supports projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches.

Read more about the history of CIHR’s Project and Foundation Grant programs.


Research Areas

The Project Grant program is open to applicants in all areas of health research that are aligned with the CIHR mandate: “To excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system”. The onus is on the applicant to clearly demonstrate the alignment of the application with CIHR’s mandate. All health-related applications, including multidisciplinary applications, are welcome.




Changes to the Spring 2018 Competition

CIHR has made some minor yet important changes to the application process for the Spring 2018 Project Grant competition that differ from the Fall 2017 competition.

1. Institute-specific Priority Announcements have been added to the Project Grant: Spring 2018 competition.

  • Priority Announcements (PAs) are additional sources of potential funding for highly ranked applications that were not funded through the Project Grant competition. For information about the PA mechanism and how it works, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on CIHR’s website.
  • Applicants must identify their PAs of choice (up to three) at the Application stage. The steps involved in this process will be outlined in the updated Application Instructions, which will be available in mid-January.
  • The complete list of available PAs is now accessible through the “Description” section of the RFA on ResearchNet. Applicants are encouraged to read through them well in advance of the application deadline.

2. Applicants will be required to provide a brief justification (rationale) for their panel choice.

  • As with the Fall 2017 competition, applicants must indicate the peer review panel(s) whose mandate is most relevant to the research being proposed in the application. Applicants may indicate up to two panels at the Registration stage.
  • A new feature for the Spring 2018 competition is a textbox, to be completed at the Registration stage, requiring applicants to provide a brief justification for their primary and secondary panel suggestions. This information will help the Chairs and Scientific Officers to determine which panel best fits each application.
  • An applicant’s suggested panel(s) and the corresponding justification will remain unchanged between Registration and Application. Applicants are encouraged to read through the panel mandates to weigh their options before registration opens on January 16, 2018.
  • The panel mandates will be largely unchanged from the Fall 2017 competition. CIHR is gathering and analyzing feedback on the mandates, based on surveys and panel discussions. CIHR plans to work with the community to consider mandate changes for the Fall 2018 competition.

3. Applicants responding to previous reviews:

  • Applicants who respond to previous reviews will be required to attach the reviews being addressed.
  • Applicants will have 2 pages to respond to reviews (this is the same as the previous competition).



CIHR is holding a series of webinars on the Project Grant: Spring 2018 application. These Question and Answer webinars are designed to complement the Project Grant: Spring 2018 Applicant Learning Module, which will be available on January 19th on the Learning for Applicants web page. Together, the module and webinars will give applicants an insightful understanding of the recent changes to the Project Grant competition and the application submission process.

The Project Grant: Spring 2018 webinars will be held between January 26th and February 28th. Register for a webinar now.

Contact Information

William Maurice
Research Funding Officer, Health & Life Sciences | (416) 946-5926

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