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

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 external deadline:

  • Registration Deadline*: February 16, 2022
  • Internal Application Deadline (MRA): March 09, 2022
  • External Application Deadline (ResearchNet)**: March 16, 2022
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: July 14, 2022
  • Funding Start Date: October 01, 2022

*Applicants are required to register on ResearchNet before they are eligible to submit an application to CIHR. The application stage will open as soon as the registration has been submitted. 

**This funding opportunity follows the eApproval process. 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. 



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