Project Grant: Overview

The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. It supports projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches.

The Project Grant program will:

  • support a diverse portfolio of health-related research and knowledge translation projects at any stage, from discovery to application, including commercialization;
  • promote relevant collaborations across disciplines, professions, and sectors; and,
  • contribute to the creation and use of health-related knowledge.

Within the overall competition budget, there will be a specific funding envelope to support early career investigators. Competition processes and peer review for this cohort will be fully integrated within the competition as a whole with no additional steps being required on the part of the applicant.

Grant values are proportionate to the requirements of the research proposed and vary depending on the research field, research approach, and scope of project activities.

Project Grant applications follow a single-stage committee-based peer review evaluation process:

  • Prior to the face-to-face committee meeting evaluation, expert reviewers will review their assigned applications remotely by focusing on the concept (i.e., significance and impact of the research) and the feasibility (i.e., approaches and methods, and expertise, experience and resources) of the project. For each application assigned to them, reviewers will provide a numerical rating using a common 0-4.9 adjudication scale.
  • At the face-to-face committee meeting, the same expert reviewers meet to streamline, discuss and rate applications. Their assessments are used as the basis for funding recommendations.

Applications that focus on carrying out ethical and culturally competent research involving Indigenous peoples, with the intent to promote health through research that is in keeping with Indigenous values and traditions may be reviewed by the Indigenous Health Research (IHR) Committee. The IHR Committee may deem an application eligible for the Iterative Peer Review Process. For an application to be considered for review by the IHR committee specific requirements need to be met.

There are two Project Grant competitions a year.

A Notice of Decision (NOD) will be provided to all applicants after recommendations from the face-to-face committee meetings have been collected.

Details on how to apply are available in the funding opportunity. You may also consult the Project Grant Registration and Application Instructions for more information.

Additional grant information can also be accessed through the following resources:

Read more about the history of CIHR’s Project and Foundation Grant programs.

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