Foundation Grant: Overview

The Foundation Grant program is designed to contribute to a sustainable foundation of health research leaders, by providing long-term support of innovative, high-impact programs of research.

Programs of research are expected to include integrated, thematically-linked research, knowledge translation and mentoring/training components.

The Foundation Grant program will:

  • support a broad base of research leaders across career stages, areas, and disciplines relevant to health;
  • develop and maintain Canadian capacity in research and other health-related fields;
  • provide research leaders with the flexibility to pursue new, innovative lines of inquiry;
  • contribute to the creation and use of health-related knowledge through a wide range of research and/or knowledge translation activities, including any relevant collaboration.

The Foundation Grant program is supported by a three-stage competition and review process:

  • Stage 1 and 2 review is conducted remotely by expert reviewers supported by an internet-assisted platform that will enable communication among reviewers in a virtual space
    • stage 1 focuses on the caliber of the applicant(s); and,
    • stage 2 focuses on the quality of the proposed program of research.
  • Stage 3 involves a face-to-face discussion of applications by a multidisciplinary committee responsible for the integration of results from stage 2.

There is one Foundation Grant competition per year. Successful stage 1 applicants will be invited to submit a stage 2 application. Stage 2 applicants will be informed of the status of their application at the end of stage 2 and a final Notice of Decision (NOD) will be provided to all stage 2 applicants at the end of stage 3 peer review.

Successful Foundation Grant applicants will have all of their existing Open Grants held as a nominated principal investigator terminated and replaced by a Foundation grant. Details about how to apply are available in the funding opportunities section of the CIHR database.

Additional grant information can also be accessed through the following resources:

Read more about the history of CIHR’s Foundation and Project Grant programs.

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