Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

CIHR is Canada's major federal funding agency for health research. Its objective is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system. [ CIHR Website ]

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Researchers who are eligible to apply to the 2014 Foundation Scheme 1st Live Pilot may begin registration to this competition through ResearchNet as of March 24, 2014. Registration will stay open until 8 p.m. Eastern time, June 23, 2014. As this is a new funding opportunity, we encourage you to refer to the registration instructions available online.


Update to Funding Agencies' Joint Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy — CFI. CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC have updated their harmonized Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations.


Useful CIHR contacts

  • General Inquiries: 613-941-2672
  • Grants & Awards Information: 613-954-1968
  • Media Relations: 613-941-4563
  • Ethics Office: 613-941-6706
  • Technical / IT Help Desk: 613-941-0068
  • CIHR's website:



Josie Reed, Research Officer, x5208 or Tressie Dutchyn, Research Officer, x4004

CIHR Funding Opportunities

Foundation Scheme: 2014 1st Live PilotThe Foundation Scheme will contribute to a sustainable foundation of new and established health reseacher leaders by providing long-term support for the pursuit of innovatiove and high-impact research programs. Please review the eligibility criteria. Deadlines: registration, June 23, 2014; application Stage 1, September 15, 2014; application Stage 2, February 5, 2015.

Operating Grant: Transitional Operating Grant 2014–2015 — This opportunity replaces the earlier Open Operating Grant program. To contribute to the creation, dissemination and use of health-related knowledge, and to help develop and maintain Canadian health research capacity, by supporting original, high quality projects or teams/programs of research proposed and conducted by individual researchers or groups of researchers, in all areas of health. Registration deadline: January 9, 2015. Application deadline: March 2, 2015.

• To view all current opportunities, please see the CIHR Funding Opportunity Database.


• Knowledge Translation Resources: Please note that many knowledge translation (KT) resources are available on CIHR's website, including learning resources (e.g., modules, casebooks), a summary of KT and commercialization programs, funding application tips (e.g., guidelines for writing letters of support and tips for preparing integrated KT applications), and information on KT strategies and policies.