Project Grant – Spring 2017 Registration Instructions
- As announced by the CIHR Acting President on May 5, the Project Grant registration that was to close on May 30, 2017 will be delayed until August 15, 2017, with an application deadline of September 15, 2017. This is being done in order to conduct an iterative consultation process with Scientific Directors, College Chairs, and other community leaders, to inform changes to the Project Grant competition process. The funding opportunity and the competition materials will be updated and made available when details are finalized.
Before you begin
Make sure you have read the specific Funding Opportunity details.
Make sure you have the following:
You should only have one ResearchNet account. If you have already accessed ResearchNet, do not register for a new account. Note that all participants must have a validated CIHR PIN prior to initiating the registration process on ResearchNet. For more information on validating CIHR PINs, please click on the link above.
General Registration Process
- Registrations must be prepared, finalized and submitted by applicants using ResearchNet.
- Applicants must preview all components of their registration in order to ensure its completeness. This can be done in ResearchNet using the "Preview Registration Materials" task to ensure that all tasks are complete.
- Registrations must be submitted prior to the deadline posted on ResearchNet. CIHR cannot legally accept a registration until the "Consent and Submit Application" section is completed on ResearchNet.
- You do not need to send a paper copy or signature pages to CIHR.
- This document provides general instructions, but does not necessarily represent an exhaustive list of all information required to complete a registration. You should also read the Funding Opportunity details and should be familiar with CIHR funding policies.
- If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your ResearchNet account, or if you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact:
Tasks Required for Completing a Project Registration
- Information collected in your registration and application will be used to match the most appropriate expert reviewers to individual applications. This information includes, but is not limited to: Descriptors, Areas of Science, Methods/Approaches, Populations and Summary of Research Proposal. This information will be provided to reviewers to declare their conflicts of interest and level of expertise, also known as ability to review.
Complete the ResearchNet registration
Task 1: Identify Participants
This task collects information on all participants involved in your grant application. Consult the Individual Eligibility Requirements on the CIHR website for more information.
- The Nominated Principal Applicant must remain unchanged between registration and application. Other participants can be added, removed, or change roles between registration and application.
- A Common CV (CCV) is not required for the registration.
1.1: Participant Information
- By default, the applicant that initiated/opened the application in ResearchNet is identified as the Nominated Principal Applicant for the application.
- The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) is able to add participants to the application in ResearchNet by:
- Entering their validated CIHR PIN;
- If the participant's PIN is not validated, they must login to ResearchNet and select the user tab (name in the top right banner) and select Validate your CIHR PIN.
- Afterwards, the NPA can resume this process.
- Entering their name;
- Entering their role and participant type;
- Principal Applicant
- Independent Researcher – New/Early Career Investigator
- Independent Researcher – Mid Career Investigator
- Independent Researcher - Senior Investigator
- Knowledge User
- Principal Applicant
- Entering their validated CIHR PIN;
Note: Applicants will be asked to provide their most significant contributions at the application stage.
Task 2: Enter Proposal Information
This task collects information related to your research project.
Project Title: Provide a title for your research project. Project titles can change at application.
Lay Title: Provide a title for your project that is in a language clear to members of the general public. Lay titles are used by CIHR to inform the public and Parliament about the valuable research supported through public funds.
Lay Abstract: Using language accessible to a lay audience, Principal Applicants will describe the proposed research, indicating how the proposed research can improve personal health, the health of populations and/or the health delivery system. The character limit for the entire task is 2,000 characters. This information is used by CIHR to inform the public and Parliament about the valuable research supported through public funds.
Institution Paid: The Institution that will administer the funds for your project. Consult the Institutional Eligibility Requirements on the CIHR website for more information.
Partnered/Integrated Knowledge Translation (iKT) Projects
Does your application include a partner and/or a knowledge user?
Indicate if your application consists of a knowledge translation or commercialization project that includes a partner and/or a knowledge user. If you answer "yes" to this question, please also indicate which of the following are included in your application:
- A partner and a knowledge user; or
- A partner only; or
- A knowledge user only.
At registration, you must identify at least one Principal Applicant who is a knowledge user as a participant if your project includes a "partner and knowledge user" or "a knowledge user only". Contributing partner(s), if any, must be identified at application stage only. Refer to Task 1 for instructions on how to identify participants, including knowledge users.
At Stage 1 of the Project Grant peer review process, applications that are identified as having an iKT component will be assessed by both researcher and knowledge user reviewers.
Certification Requirements: If you are awarded a grant, the necessary certification requirements must be met in accordance with policies on ethical conduct of research. Relevant policies:
- Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions
- CIHR Funding Policies
Is this a clinical trial?
Does this Application Contain a Randomized Controlled Trial?
Indicate if this application includes a randomized controlled trial.
In order to carry out the proposed research in this application, is an exemption from Health Canada under Section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act required?
Indicate if your proposed research is such that an exemption from Health Canada under Section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) will be required. Consult the Health Canada website for details regarding obtaining an exemption under Section 56 of the CDSA.
Does this application propose research involving Indigenous Peoples?
Indicate if your application proposes research involving Indigenous Peoples. This information will be used for statistical purposes only.
Does your proposal address TCPS 2 - Chapter 9 Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada and Indigenous partnering community/organizational ethical guidelines?
If yes, please explain your engagement with the community in relation to the research, so the reviewers can assess the level of engagement as required by TCPS 2 - Chapter 9 on Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada and Indigenous partnering community/organization ethical guidelines (limit of 2,000 characters).
By indicating ‘yes’, your application may be eligible for the Iterative Peer Review Process.
To be considered eligible for the iterative peer review process, applicants will need to indicate how their project addresses the principles of the TCPS 2 – Chapter 9, through a check box and text field in ResearchNet.
A Relevance Review committee will determine which applications are relevant for the iterative peer review process. Applications that are not deemed relevant will be peer reviewed as per the regular process of the Project Grant competition. During the peer review, each application will be reviewed by four reviewers, with at least two having Indigenous health research expertise inclusive of the application of Indigenous knowledges to address research questions relevant to Indigenous health and wellness.
Are sex (biological) considerations taken into account in this study?
Are gender (socio-cultural) considerations taken into account in this study?
If yes, please describe how sex and/or gender considerations will be considered in your research design (limit of 2,000 characters).
If no, please explain why sex and/or gender are not applicable in your research design (limit of 2,000 characters).
The following six elements are to provide CIHR with information on the type of expertise required to review your application.
The lists of Areas of Science, Methods/Approaches and Study Populations/Experimental Systems were derived from applications submitted to CIHR in recent years. This content is monitored and evolves to ensure it continues to reflect the breadth of applications submitted to CIHR. When completing these elements, think about the types of expertise needed to review your application and please select the most appropriate terms.
Descriptors: Please provide keywords which describe your research project and are not captured in the categories below. These keywords should provide CIHR with additional information for assigning reviewers with the appropriate expertise to your application.
Themes: Select a primary theme classification. Indicate up to four theme classifications if the substance of the grant application significantly overlaps more than one theme. Consult the definition of the four CIHR Themes on the CIHR website for more information.
Suggested Institutes: Select a primary CIHR Institute whose research mandate is related to the application's research area(s) and objective(s). Additional Institutes should only be selected if the substance of this grant application significantly overlaps with the research mandate of more than one Institute.
The content in the following three elements was derived from applications submitted to CIHR in recent years. This content will be monitored and may evolve to ensure it continues to reflect the breadth of applications submitted to CIHR. When completing these elements, please select the most appropriate terms for your application and use ‘Other' (when available) and Descriptors, as necessary.
Areas of Science: Select a primary area of science which reflects the research area and objectives in the application. Two additional areas may be selected if the substance of this grant application significantly overlaps with more than one area of science. If more than one area of science is selected, they will be ranked in the order they are selected. Consult the Areas of Science reference document for a complete searchable list.
Methods/Approaches: Select a primary method/approach that will be utilized in the work being proposed. Two additional methods/approaches may be selected if the grant application will utilize multiple methods/approaches. If more than one method/approach is selected, they will be ranked in the order they are selected. If the method/approach you will be using is not listed, please use the 'Other' selection and indicate the method/approach. Consult the Methods/Approaches reference document for a complete searchable list.
Study Populations / Experimental Systems: Select a primary study population or experimental system which reflects the target study population or experimental system in this application. Two additional study populations or experimental systems may be selected if applicable to this grant application. If more than one study population or experimental system is selected, they will be automatically ranked in the order they are selected. If the study population or experimental system you will be using is not listed, please use the ‘Other’ selection and indicate the study population or experimental system. Consult the Study Populations / Experimental Systems reference document for a complete searchable list.
Task 3: Complete Summary
Summarize your research proposal. This research summary will be used to match the most appropriate expert reviewers to individual applications. The research summary is provided to reviewers to declare their conflicts of interest and level of expertise, also known as ability to review.
Applicants should provide a research summary using scientific or technical terms making sure to include the following sections:
- Background and Importance: Provide a brief overview of relevant background information and/or rationale for the proposed research.
- Goal(s) / Research Aims: Indicate the broad goal(s) and specific research aims of the proposed research and clear linkage indicating how they fit the objectives of the funding opportunity.
- Methods / Approaches / Expertise: Provide a brief overview of the methodology and population that will be used to address each of the research aims. This section may also include the nature of the core expertise being brought together to address the proposed research. Information may include important collaborations, within or outside of the research community that will be accessed to achieve the outlined research goals.
- Expected Outcomes: Describe the expected outcomes of the proposed research highlighting the significance of the proposed research and how it will advance knowledge and/or its application to health care, health systems and/or health outcomes.
Note: Your completed summary cannot exceed 3,500 characters (including spaces) or approximately one page. The exact number of characters may vary slightly depending on the type of browser that you are using.
Task 4: Complete Budget Information
This task collects information on the estimated budget for your Project grant.
Total CIHR Requested Amount: Indicate the total amount requested from CIHR for the Research Project for the entire duration of the grant. You need to provide an estimate of what would be required to support your research project and no justification is required at this stage. You may change your budget request at the application stage.
Task 5: Complete Peer Review Administration Information
This task collects information used for the purpose of peer review administration.
Suggested Reviewers for this Application: Suggest at least 5 Canadian and/or international reviewers that you feel have the expertise to review your application. CIHR reserves the right to make the final selection of reviewers. You should not suggest reviewers in conflict of interest. Consult the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Agreement for Peer Reviewers and Peer Review Observers on the CIHR website for more information. CIHR reserves the right to make the final selection of reviewers.
Reviewers to exclude for this Application: Provide the names of individuals that you feel cannot provide an objective review of your application and add comments specifying why the reviewer should be excluded from this application.
Task 6: Preview
The Nominated Principal Applicant will review all components of the registration to ensure participant information is complete. To mark the preview task as complete, every other task must be marked as complete. The Nominated Principal Applicant must preview the Full Registration package prior to submitting the registration to CIHR.
Task 7: Consent and Submit
The Nominated Principal Applicant must review and agree to the General Conditions and Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information terms, presented on ResearchNet, before they can submit their registration to CIHR. There are no signature pages required as part of the registration submitted to CIHR.
The Nominated Principal Applicant must click Submit to send the registration to CIHR.
The CIHR deadline time for receipt of all registrations is May 30, 2017, 8 p.m. ET.
Note that the application will open once your registration has been submitted.
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