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 funding through the following programs:

  • Project Grant Program
  • Initiatives

*Please note that the Foundation Grant program is being discontinued.

Project Grant Program

The Project Grant Program is the most common funding source for researchers in the health sciences. This program offers two competitions annually. 

Upcoming Project Grant deadlines

  • Registration deadline: February 9, 2022
  • Internal application deadline: TBD
  • External application deadline: March 9, 2022


The Initiatives program funds research in priority areas. Approximately one-quarter of CIHR's $1 billion budget is provided to support priority-driven research. Types of Initiatives grants include but are not limited to catalyst grants, operating grants, project grants, and team grants.

Current priority areas are listed below. Please click on the links to learn more and find specific funding opportunities:

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