Funding overview

This page provides a broad overview of the CIHR funding programs.

For more in-depth information, please see the Grants and Awards Guide, the CIHR Funding Opportunities Database, and How to Use CIHR's Funding Opportunities Database.

Research themes

CIHR provides funding opportunities for four themes of health research:

  • Biomedical
  • Clinical
  • Health systems services
  • Social, cultural, environmental and population health

For more information, in the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide please see CIHR Research Themes.



To apply for CIHR funding, you must:

  • Be affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution or organization by the time the funding begins
  • Not be employed by Canadian federal government departments or agencies or for-profit organizations unless affiliated with a university
  • Not have a financial interest holding of more than 5% in a company proposed as an industry partner for research funding
  • Consent to the public disclosure of personal information in the case of a serious breach of Agency policy

For more information, please see the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide.

Each funding opportunity may also have specific eligibility requirements. Please see "Eligibility" in the Funding Opportunity Details for each funding opportunity.


Please see the List of CIHR Eligible Institutions Authorized to Administer Grant and Award Funds.

Funding opportunities

For a complete list of current funding opportunities, please see Funding Opportunities.

Application process

  1. Register with CIHR
  2. Complete an application
  3. Assemble an application
  4. Submit an application
  5. Await notification of decision

Peer review

Applications are evaluated by reviewers who are experts in the same field (i.e., peers of the applicants), and their recommendations are used by CIHR to make funding decisions. Peer review is the internationally accepted benchmark for ensuring quality and excellence in scientific research.

For more information, please see the Understand Peer Review section.

Funding decisions

A ranking list is prepared based on the committee recommendations. A portion of the total competition budget amount is allocated to each successful application starting from the top of the ranking list until the total competition budget is expended (taking into account individual budgets from partner funds, if applicable).

The Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Financial Officer consider the funding proposal based on Peer Review Committee evaluations and criteria set by the Science Council (SC), and submit their recommendations to SC for final approval.

All decisions are publicly posted; please see Funding Decisions for these postings.

Reporting requirements

CIHR publishes funding information about who receives support, the research to be conducted and how funds are administered. It expects funding recipients to recognize CIHR support, to provide acknowledgement and recognition of research participants and to publish their research findings.

For more information, in the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide, please see:

  • Public Communications and Acknowledgement of CIHR's Support
  • Publications
  • Policy and Guidelines on Publications and Productivity
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