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 has been discontinued.


Project Grant Program

2023 CIHR Deadlines have been announced. See below.

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

Value: Spring 2021 average was $770,003 over 4.38 years

Duration: 1-5 years

Nearest deadlines:

   August 2022 Round   February 2023 Round 
 Registration Deadline August 17, 2022 February 8, 2023
 UTM MRA Deadline   TBD
 *RSO MRA Deadline   TBD
 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. Because CIHR is committed to ensuring that its programs and peer review processes result in the fair and impartial treatment of all participants, as of May 15th, 2018 applicants to all CIHR programs must complete an Equity and Diversity Questionnaire. For additional resources for completing the Equity and Diversity Questionnaire, applicants are invited to review the Frequently Asked QuestionsHow-To Instructions, and video to guide them through the process.

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.



Project Grant Links

CIHR Resources



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