Notice of Upcoming Funding Opportunity: Addressing Infectious and Congenital Syphilis in Canada

This funding opportunity is now available on ResearchNet.


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the Addressing Infectious and Congenital Syphilis in Canada grant. This funding opportunity is led by the HIV/AIDS and STBBI Research Initiative with strategic leadership from the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) and in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Institute of Indigenous Peoples Health (IIPH), and the Centre for Research on Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies (CRPPHE) and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).


The purpose of this funding opportunity is to address the urgent needs for implementation science and intervention research in the rapidly changing syphilis landscape. Proposed research should identify strategies and models that improve access to care and lead to more effective diagnosis and treatment, as well as reduced transmission of infectious and congenital syphilis. It is envisioned that by establishing meaningful community partnerships, these intervention research and implementation science teams will also lay the foundation for future community-centred responses to health emergencies. Note: This 1-year funding opportunity has been developed to quickly catalyze a research response to this growing health issue. Renewal of funding may be made available, pending approval, to teams demonstrating successful progress and development of equitable and impactful community partnerships.

This funding opportunity aims to advance collaborative partnerships with communities focused on implementation science and intervention research to reduce the transmission and health impacts of infectious and congenital syphilis.

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is anticipated to be $2,750,000 , enough to fund approximately eleven (11) grants.  The maximum amount per grant is up to $250,000 per year for up to one (1) year. 

Of this $2,750,000, funding is anticipated to be allocated as per the following:

Research Area 1: Implementation Science for Syphilis Point of Care Testing:

Research Area 2: New Models of Care for Prevention of Congenital Syphilis:


Anticipated Timelines

These timelines are estimates and subject to change

Launch: Late August 2023
Webinar: September 2023
Registration Deadline: Late September 2023
Application Deadline: Late November 2023
Funding Start Date: March 1, 2024

The official CIHR funding opportunity will be posted on ResearchNet in the coming weeks.

For a full list of CIHR funding opportunities, please visit ResearchNet.

Contact information

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Disclaimer: The information contained herein is anticipatory only and does not represent an official funding commitment by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Accordingly, the information, contained herein may differ from the official funding opportunity that will be published on ResearchNet

Reviewer Recruitment

Recruitment for peer reviewers will begin immediately, if you are interested and available to volunteer as a peer reviewer, please reach out to CIHR at We thank all peer reviewers in advance for volunteering their time to serve on this review committee.

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