Acceptable Application Formats and PDF Attachments

Important Note

  • This document provides general guidelines regarding what are considered to be acceptable application formats and attachments for a CIHR application. Please refer to the relevant funding opportunity for specific submission requirements.

Introduction

All of CIHR's programs are now submitted electronically through ResearchNet unless otherwise stated in the funding opportunity. Applicants may be required to upload PDF fillable forms found on CIHR's website, or upload their own attachments, as part of their ResearchNet application. To determine the application format and PDF attachment requirements, please consult the How to Apply section of the funding opportunity. All inquiries should be directed to the CIHR Contact Centre.

Under no circumstances will hand-written applications be accepted.

Requirements for PDF Attachments

File attachments created by the applicant may be prepared with the word processing software package of your choice, but they must be uploaded in PDF format. ResearchNet will not accept supplementary audio or video material. Documents must be in one of the official languages (English or French), and must be typed and formatted following the instructions for formatting attachments listed below. The reason for these formatting requirements is to ensure that all applicants have exactly the same amount of space to write their proposals. CIHR indicates, under each section, the total number of pages permitted. This also facilitates the work of peer reviewers who must review multiple applications.

Instructions for preparing and formatting attachment documents. CIHR has simplified its attachment formatting requirements. The following apply to all attachments and must be followed to ensure readability and fairness.

  • Use a font size of 12 point, black type. Maximum of six lines per inch. Do not use condensed/narrow font sizes, type density, or line spacing. Smaller text in tables, charts, figures, and graphs is acceptable, as long as it is legible when the page is viewed at 100%.
  • Insert a margin of 2 cm (3/4 inch) – minimum – around the page.
  • Observe page limitations, additional pages may NOT be added unless specified.
  • Use only letter size (21.25 X 27.5 cm / 8.5" X 11") white paper/background for all attachments.
  • Photo-reduce the supporting documents if the originals are larger than 21.25 X 27.5 cm / 8.5" X 11".
  • Attachments must be uploaded in PDF format (unprotected).
  • The size of the attached document(s) cannot exceed 30 MB per document.
  • For more information about converting documents to PDF, please refer to Help with Accessibility page.

Please note that failure to comply with these requirements can negatively impact the status and evaluation of your application in a competition.

For all documents that need to be attached, please follow the instructions provided within ResearchNet on how to upload your document.

If you have any questions, contact us Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
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