Eligibility criteria for the Foundation “live-pilot” competitions

The Foundation Scheme is designed to contribute to a sustainable foundation of health research leaders by providing long-term support for the pursuit of innovative, high-impact programs of research.

To be eligible to apply to the Foundation Scheme Live Pilot competitions:

  1. The Program Leader(s) must be an independent researcher.
  2. The Program Leader who is responsible for the administration of the grant must have an academic or research appointment at an eligible institution at the time of application (See Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).
  3. Where applicable, multiple Program Leaders submitting a single application must convincingly demonstrate synergy and a track record of co-managing programs of research with each other.
  4. An individual may only submit one application in the role of Program Leader per competition.

For the Foundation Scheme 2014 1st Live Pilot competition, the Program Leader must also fall into one of the following three groups:

  1. On July 30th 2013, the Program Leader is the Nominated Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of a CIHR Open program grant with an expiry date no earlier than October 1, 2014 and no later than September 30, 2015.
  2. The Program Leader is considered to be a new/early-career investigator, as defined by CIHR, at the Stage 1 application deadline. CIHR defines a new/early career investigator as someone who, at the Stage 1 application deadline, has assumed his/her first independent academic position (e.g., faculty appointment) within the last 5 years (60 months).
  3. On July 30th 2013, the Program Leader has never held Open CIHR funding as a Nominated Principal Investigator or a Co-Principal Investigator.

For the Foundation Scheme 2015 Live Pilot competition, the Program Leader must also fall into one of the following three groups:

  1. On July 30th 2013, the Program Leader is the Nominated Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator of a CIHR Open program grant with an expiry date no earlier than October 1, 2015 and no later than September 30, 2016.
  2. The Program Leader is considered to be a new/early-career investigator, as defined by CIHR, at the Stage 1 application deadline. CIHR defines a new/early career investigator as someone who, at the Stage 1 application deadline, has assumed his/her first independent academic position (e.g., faculty appointment) within the last 5 years (60 months).
  3. On July 30th 2013, the Program Leader has never held Open CIHR funding as a Nominated Principal Investigator or a Co-Principal Investigator.

We encourage the research community to read the extensive list of Questions and answers that have been developed to provide further details on the development and application of the eligibility criteria for the Foundation Scheme "live pilot" competitions. Information on how to determine your grant term expiry date can be found in question #10.

Changes to CIHR’s early renewal policy

CIHR recognizes that many researchers eligible to the Foundation Scheme "live pilot" competitions may be better suited for the Project Scheme. In order to minimize funding gaps for this cohort of researchers, Science Council has approved modifications to the policy on early renewals. As a result, Nominated Principal Investigators who hold an Open Operating Grant with an expiry date of no earlier than October 1, 2014 and no later than September 30, 2016 are permitted to:

  • Apply early to one of the remaining OOGP competitions, including the 2015 Transitional OOGP, without the early renewal penalty (i.e. applicants would keep existing funding if not renewed); or
  • Request a change to their grant term expiry date with no increase in budget.

Next Steps

In order to profile the applicant pool and prepare for peer review, the 2014 Foundation Scheme "live pilot" competition will include an early registration deadline. Given the scope and scale of the proposed changes, and the intention to learn from the results of pilots such as this one, course corrections and adjustments to timelines may be required along the way.

CIHR will continue to keep the research community informed as the Open Suite of Programs and peer review enhancements are implemented.

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