Foundation Grant: Eligibility

Note: As announced by Dr. Rod McInnes on July 17, early career investigators (ECIs) are no longer eligible to apply to the Foundation Grant program in the role of Program Leader.

Foundation grants are designed to provide long-term support for established health research leaders to build and conduct programs of health research across CIHR's mandate.

Eligible applicants include mid career investigators and senior investigators who are independent researchers with an academic or research appointment at an eligible institution, at the time of registration and who demonstrate a track record of excellence and impact in their field of study.

Mid career investigator: Any applicant who, at the time of registration, has assumed his/her independent academic position (e.g., faculty appointment) 5-15 years ago.

Senior investigator: Any applicant who, at the time of registration, has assumed his/her first independent academic position (e.g., faculty appointment) more than 15 years ago.

An individual may hold only one Foundation Grant in the role of program leader at any one time.

A Foundation Grantee in the role of program leader is not eligible to apply to the Project Grant competition as a nominated principal investigator or principal investigator. CIHR supports collaborative approaches to health research and knowledge translation. Therefore, there is no restriction on Foundation Grant program leaders participating in the Project Grant competition as co-applicants or collaborators, or in any of CIHR's Priority Driven programs as nominated principal investigators or principal investigators.

While individuals can apply to the Foundation Grant and overlapping Project Grant competitions, the same application cannot be submitted to both competitions, as per section 1-E of the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide. If the same application is found to have been submitted to overlapping Foundation Grant and Project Grant competitions, the applicant will be asked to withdraw one of his/her applications. CIHR will not consider inclusion of components of a proposal into a second proposal as the same application.

Single applications from multiple program leaders are eligible in the Foundation Grant program. Such joint applicants need to convincingly demonstrate synergy and a history of co-managing programs of research.

Program leaders may choose to involve program experts in their program of research. Program experts may be named in CIHR's funding decision documents depending on their level of involvement, allowing them to be recognized for their contributions to the program of research.

Collaborations and partnerships are encouraged within the Foundation Grant program, where appropriate. Given the duration of funding provided through this Grant program (7-years), it is anticipated that these collaborations and partnerships may change over time as the program evolves.

Please refer to the specific funding opportunity for details on eligibility. Additional information can also be found in the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide.

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