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CIHR Foundation Scheme: 2014 1st Live Pilot INFORMATION SESSION

When Jun 12, 2014
from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where MDCL 3020
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CIHR Foundation Scheme: 2014 1st Live Pilot

Information Session


June 12, 2014

1:00 - 3:00 pm

MDCL 3020



An information session on the 2014 Live Pilot of the CIHR Foundation Scheme will be held on June 12th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in MDCL 3020. Dr. Lori Burrows, McMaster University’s CIHR delegate, will present the latest information available regarding the program and answer any questions you may have. 


Attendance is recommended for all researchers who are planning to apply to the 2014 CIHR Foundation Scheme Live Pilot. The registration deadline for the Live Pilot competition is June 23rd. Registration is mandatory.


If you plan to attend the information session, please notify Colleen McGrath, Senior Advisor, ROADS, at or extension 24519 as soon as possible.



The CIHR Foundation Scheme 2014 1st Live Pilot is designed to contribute to a sustainable foundation of new and established health research leaders, by providing long-term support for the pursuit of innovative and high-impact research programs. 

The Foundation Scheme is expected to:


·        support a broad base of health research leaders across all career stages, areas and health-related disciplines;

·        develop and maintain Canadian capacity in health research and other related fields;

·        provide research leaders with the flexibility to pursue novel and innovative lines of inquiry;

·        contribute to the creation and application of health-related knowledge through a wide range of research and/or knowledge translation activities, including relevant collaborations.


The Foundation Scheme is open to applicants in all areas of health research that are aligned with the CIHR mandate.


Eligible applicants will include new/early-career, mid-career and established researchers, who are independent researchers with a demonstrable track record of excellence and impact in their field of study. 


For an application to be eligible:


1.      the Program Leader(s) must be an independent researcher;

2.      the Program Leader who is responsible for the administration of the grant must have an academic or research appointment at an eligible institution at the time of application;

3.      where applicable, multiple Program Leaders submitting a single application must convincingly demonstrate synergy and a track record of co-managing programs of research with each other;

4.      an individual may only submit one application in the role of Program Leader per competition; and

5.      the Program Leader falls into one of the following three groups:

·         as of July 30, 2013, the Program Leader is the Nominated Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of a CIHR Open program grant with an expiry date no earlier than October 1, 2014, and no later than September 30, 2015.

·         as of July 30, 2013, the Program Leader has never held Open CIHR funding as a Nominated Principal Investigator or a Co-Principal Investigator.

·         the Program Leader is considered to be a new/early-career investigator as defined by CIHR at the Stage 1 application deadline.

o        CIHR defines a new/early career investigator as someone who, at the Stage 1 application deadline (i.e., September 15, 2014), has assumed his/her first independent academic position (e.g., faculty appointment) within the last 5 years. All time spent in research appointments will be taken into consideration when determining eligibility. Should an applicant hold or have held a part time appointment, CIHR will count that time as 50% (e.g., a one-year, part-time appointment will count for 6 months towards the 60 month maximum). Leaves of absence will not count towards the 60-month maximum.

Details regarding eligibility can be found at



·        It is expected that most Foundation grant budget requests will fall within a range of $50,000 to $1.5M per annum. Foundation grant levels will be commensurate with need, which is expected to vary by research field, research approach and scope of program activities.

·        Senior and mid-career investigators will be awarded 7 year grants. New/early-career investigators will be awarded 5 year grants.

·        For existing CIHR grantees, the budget request should be consistent with the applicant's previous CIHR open grant research funding history. Applicants must provide robust justification for requests that are significantly higher than their historical grant levels.


Application process:
This funding opportunity has a three-step application process: the Registration, the invited Stage 1 Application and the invited Stage 2 Application.

If you intend to register, please contact Colleen McGrath, Senior Advisor, at or extension 24519, as soon as possible.  

Registrations must be received by CIHR using
ResearchNet by June 23, 2014Only Registrations that have passed the initial screening process will be invited to apply to the Stage 1 Application by September 15, 2014.  Only Stage 1 Applications that have passed the initial screening process will be invited to apply to the Stage 2 Application by February 5, 2015.

More information:
Additional information regarding the Foundation Scheme: 2014 1st Live Pilot can be found on the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research website at: