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CIHR Project Grant

The Project Grant is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related 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.


The Project Grant is expected to:

  • Support a diverse portfolio of health-related research and knowledge translation projects at any stage, from discovery to application, including commercialization;

  • Contribute to the creation and use of health-related knowledge;

  • Promote relevant collaborations across disciplines, professions, and sectors.


Partnered/Integrated Knowledge Translation (iKT) projects:

CIHR will establish a minimum threshold of funded knowledge translation and commercialization projects that include a partnered/iKT approach. Competition processes and peer review for these projects will be fully integrated within the competition as a whole with no additional steps being required on the part of the applicant outside of identifying their application as a partnered/iKT and commercialization project.

The Project Grant has no formal requirements for partnering, however, depending on the nature of the research project a commitment (cash or in-kind) from interested or engaged knowledge user(s) or other partners may be reasonably expected by peer reviewers.


The Project Grant 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".

For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be an independent researcher or a knowledge user.

  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have an academic or research appointment at an eligible institution if they are an independent researcher (See Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).

  3. If the Nominated Principal Applicant is a knowledge user, there must be at least one Principal Applicant who is an independent researcher.

  4. Principal Applicants must be an independent researcher or knowledge user (inclusion of one or more Principal Applicants is optional).

  5. Co-Applicants can be one of the following (inclusion of one or more Co-applicants is optional):

  • Individuals who hold a Foundation Grant in the role of Program Leader are not eligible to apply to the Project Grant in the role of Nominated Principal Applicant or Principal Applicant.

  • There is no limit to the number of applications an individual can submit to the Project Grant. 



It is expected that most Project Grant budget requests will fall within a range of $50K to $750K per annum and the grant durations will range between approximately 1 to 5 years. Project Grant funding levels will be commensurate with need, which is expected to vary by research field, research approach, and scope of project activities.

The number of grants expected to be funded for this Project Grant competition will depend on the application pressure, requested grant amount and duration and peer review recommendations. 


Application process:
The Project Grant competition is held two times per year and has a two-step application process: Registration
and Application.

If you intend to apply, please contact Virginia Viscardi, ROADS Senior Advisor, at or extension 24519.  

Full applications received from candidates who have not registered will not be considered by CIHR.


More information:
Additional information regarding the Project Grant can be found on 
the CIHR website at