Foundation Grant: Overview

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The Foundation Grant program is designed to contribute to a sustainable foundation of established health research leaders, by providing long-term support for the pursuit 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 is expected to:

  • support a broad base of research leaders across all areas and health-related disciplines including basic and biomedical research with a demonstrable track record of excellence and impact in their field of study;
  • 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 application 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.

As announced on July 17, 2017, CIHR is implementing changes to the 2017-2018 Foundation Grant competition. It is expected that Stage 1 will continue as described above. The peer review process for stage 2 and 3 are under review and may change. We anticipate that the peer review focus and review criteria for each stage will remain the same for the 2017-2018 competition. For further details, please visit: Update on the Foundation Grant program.

Successful Foundation Grant Program Leaders will have all of their existing Open Grants (including any Project grants) held as a nominated principal investigator terminated and replaced by their Foundation grant to support their program of research.

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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