The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the federal agency that supports university-based research and training in the health sciences. The CIHR concept involves a multi-disciplinary approach, organized through a framework of 13 "virtual" institutes; each one dedicated to a specific area of focus, linking and supporting researchers pursuing common goals.

CIHR offers grant funding for faculty through the following programs:

*Please note that the Foundation Grant program has been discontinued.


Project Grant Program

Spring 2023 CIHR Deadlines have been announced. See below.

Overview: The Project Grant Program is geared towards researchers in the health sciences. This program holds two competitions annually. 

Value: The Spring 2022 average grant size/duration is approximately $803,095 over 4.43 years. For more information see the Spring 2022 results page.

Duration: 1-5 years

Nearest deadlines:

   Fall 2022 Round   Spring 2023 Round 
 Registration Deadline August 17, 2022 February 8, 2023
 UTM MRA Deadline   February 28, 2023
 *RSO MRA Deadline   March 1, 2023
 External Application Deadline   September 14, 2022 March 8, 2023
 Anticipated Notice of Decision February 1, 2023 July, 20 2023
 Funding Start Date April 1, 2023 October 1, 2023

*Only applications that have a corresponding, approved MRA will be eApproved by the University on ResearchNet. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all deadlines are met. 




Beginning with the Fall 2018 Project Grant competition, CIHR has made some minor yet important changes to the application process that differ from previous competitions.

1. Equity and Diversity Questionnaire. CIHR launched the Tri-Agency Self-identification Questionnaire for applicants in 2018 to better understand how historically excluded populations (i.e., the four designated groups identified in the Employment Equity Act) access CIHR funding. In 2022, the questionnaire was expanded to collect information from applicants and peer review committee members on eight identity dimensions, including new questions on sexual orientation and population group. This new information will help CIHR understand where systemic barriers exist, and how to design equitable and inclusive programs that support the full and fair participation of all members of the health research community.

2. CIHR Institutes Priority Announcements. Additional funds will be made available through CIHR Institutes Priority Announcements to support Project Grant applications in specific research areas.





CIHR Project Grant Webinar Sessions

English Sessions
Duration: 60 minutes
When: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 11:00 AM ET | Join
When: Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET | Join

French Sessions
Duration: 60 minutes
When: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET | Join
When: Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM ET | Join

No registration for webinars is required, simply click on the Join link at date and time of your desired session.  Sessions will also be archived and available for viewing offline.



The Initiatives Program funds research in priority areas. Approximately one-quarter of CIHR's $1 billion budget is provided to support priority-driven research. Current priority areas are listed below. Additional initiatives, led by CIHR Institutes, can be found on their respective websites. Types of Initiatives grants include:

Current Initiatives

100 Years of Insulin: Accelerating Canadian Discoveries to Defeat Diabetes
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC)
Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)
Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN)
Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM)
CIHR Dementia Research Strategy
Collaborative Health Research Projects
Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC)
COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative
Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN)
eHealth Innovations
Environments and Health
Evidence-Informed Health Care Renewal (EIHR)
Health Research Rapid Response
Healthy and Productive Work
Healthy Cities Research Initiative
Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI)
Healthy LifeIndigenous Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (I-HeLTI)
Hepatitis C Research Initiative
HIV/AIDS and STBBI Research Initiative
Indigenous initiatives and programs
Inflammation in Chronic Disease
Integrated Cannabis Research Strategy
National Standards for Mental Health Services
Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR)
Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples (Pathways)
Personalized Health
Personalized Medicine
Post-traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI) among Public Safety Personnel (PSP)
Research in Substance Use
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)
Transitions in Care