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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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: 2015 2nd 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: the registration deadline has passed.  The first regular Foundation Scheme competition will be launched 2016.

Project Scheme:  2016 1st Live PilotThe Project Scheme is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related 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. Registration deadline: January 18, 2016. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.

• 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.