Contact Centre Service Standards

Our Commitment

These service standards publicly state the level of performance that clients can reasonably expect to receive from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) under normal circumstances.

To deliver high quality responses that meet the needs of our community, we have established standards to ensure we provide knowledgeable, accessible and fair service that is timely, professional and courteous. We strive to continuously enhance our commitment to our community by developing, monitoring, reporting, and improving on these service standards.


CIHR is committed to ensuring that it is providing high quality answers to all inquiries received.  To achieve this, CIHR will:


Depending on the nature of the inquiry, response times will vary. To ensure prompt service, CIHR will respond to:

Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
Inquiries regarding system support and access (ResearchNet, Common CV) answered within 1 business day of receipt 90% 99% 99%
Inquiries regarding eligibility, policy interpretation, competition processes and post-award/grant administration acknowledged or answered within 2 business days; 90% 99% 96%
Peer review grievances and inquiries acknowledged within 5 business days. 90% 99% 99%

Note: CIHR’s service standards are currently under review in an effort to make them more meaningful and accurate for the community. These service standards push the agency to strive for increased service excellence.

In the event that an answer cannot be provided within the specified timeframe, CIHR will acknowledge receipt of the inquiry within the designated timeframe and provide an alternate response date.

Please forward any concerns with the quality and promptness of responses to the manager of the Contact Centre at

Questions or Comments?

For all inquiries please contact us at:
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll free: 1-888-603-4178

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