Foundation Grant: Eligibility

Foundation grants are designed to support research leaders at any career stage to build and conduct programs of health research across CIHR's mandate. To support the objective of the program – a sustainable foundation of health research leaders – a minimum annual intake of new/early career investigators into the Foundation Grant portfolio will be maintained.

All 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, are eligible to apply and will be required to specify their participant type:

New/early career investigator: Any applicant who, at the time of registration, has assumed his/her first independent academic position (e.g., faculty appointment) no more than 5 years ago (60 months). Exceptionally, for the 2017-2018 competition, eligibility as a new/early career investigator will be calculated as of July 27, 2017.

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 Grant 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 (5-years for new/early career investigators and 7-years for mid career investigators and senior investigators), 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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