Question and Answers: HIV/AIDS and STBBI Community-Based Research Team Grant

  • 1. Is global health research, including research in low- and middle-income countries, eligible for these grants? If yes, are there specific criteria or conditions that are applicable?

    Global health research may be eligible for this funding opportunity. Such applications must clearly demonstrate how the knowledge created will have impact on Canadian communities through methods or activities such as a knowledge mobilization plan. Note that eligibility criteria must still be met (i.e. NPAs must have substantive role in Canada; and for NPAs as knowledge users, either be a Canadian NGO with a research or knowledge translation mandate or be affiliated with a Canadian NGO/NPO with a research or knowledge translation mandate; or NPAs as independent researchers, be affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary institution or affiliated institutions; see eligibility section for more details).

  • 2. Are trainees eligible to be Nominated Principal Applicants (NPAs)?

    Trainees may be eligible to be NPA if they meet the criteria for either a Community Leader or an independent researcher.

    A trainee can be considered independent researcher on some conditions:

    • is autonomous regarding their research activities; AND
    • has an academic or research appointment which:
      • must commence by the effective date of funding; and
      • allows the individual to pursue the proposed research project, to engage in independent research activities for the entire duration of the funding, to supervise trainees (if applicable, as per their institution's policy), and to publish the research results; and
      • obliges the individual to conform to institutional regulations concerning the conduct of research, the supervision of trainees, and the employment conditions of staff paid with CIHR funding.


    Depending on the funding opportunity, an individual who does not meet the criterion of independence at the time of application may still be endorsed in the nominated principal applicant role, provided an official letter from the administering institution is included in the application confirming that the individual's independent appointment/position will commence by the funding start date.

    An individual who meets the above requirements but is also a "trainee" as defined in this glossary, is considered an "independent researcher" by CIHR provided that:

    • the research proposal covers only areas of investigation for which they are an independent researcher and not areas of research in which they are a trainee; and
    • they can demonstrate in their application to CIHR that they will have sufficient time to devote to the proposed research.

    In these cases, the individual must attach a description of their area of study to their application.

  • 3. Are postdoctoral scholars and fellows eligible to apply as NPA?

    Post-doctoral scholars and fellows can be co-applicants, principal applicants, KU, collaborators if they meet the CIHR definitions.

  • 4. Can a trainee be a collaborator if their grad work/stipend comes from this grant?

    Yes, trainees who received a stipend for their work on the CBR Team Grant can be listed as collaborators.

  • 5. Can you apply to the development stage (LOI) and the full team grant in one application?

    No, these are two distinct required stages. Applicants must first apply for the LOI grants. Only successful applicants at the LOI stage will be invited to submit to the full application stage. Each stage will go through the full review process.

  • 6. Is it possible to participate in multiple applications?

    Yes. We recognize that community groups may have mandates that relate to multiple key populations and their participation in multiple applications would be appropriate. Similarly, academic researchers and other participants may work with multiple communities and add value to various teams, therefore applicants in any role are eligible to be part of more than one application; however, the applications may not request duplicate funding for the same activities as per our policy on identical or essentially identical applications. Applications will be evaluated at peer review to assess inclusivity and appropriateness of the team.

  • 7. How can I find out if my organization/institution is eligible to administer CIHR funds?

    You can visit the List of CIHR Eligible Institutions Authorized to Administer Grant and Award Funds to see if your organization or institution is considered eligible. If you are not currently listed as an eligible institution, please communicate with the Contact Centre as early as possible since it may take several months to go through the eligibility process. Details listing the institutional eligibility requirements are available here: Institutional Eligibility Requirements

  • 8. Do you have additional resources on applying for a CIHR grant?

    Below is a list of tools and resources:

  • 9. What are the criteria for inclusion in the Indigenous – Distinctions-Based Indigenous pool?

    The Government of Canada recognizes First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation as the Indigenous peoples of Canada, consisting of distinct, rights-bearing communities with their own histories, including with the Crown. A distinctions-based approach ensures that the unique rights, interests and circumstances of First Nations, Inuit and Métis are acknowledged, affirmed and implemented.

    For the purposes of this competition, applications may focus on one or more communities, Peoples, or Nations and are expected to incorporate culturally-safe approaches to engagement, research and knowledge mobilization for the specific communities involved within the application and relevant justification.

    Applications which seek to address challenges more broadly for all Indigenous Peoples are encouraged to apply to the General Indigenous Pool.

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