Pre-announcement Gender-Net Plus ERA-NET Cofund on Sex, Gender and UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Through the leadership of the CIHR Personalized Health Initiative, the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health is a member of GENDER-NET Plus - an international consortium of sixteen research funders in thirteen countries. These 16 partners from 13 countries have joined forces to launch a co-funded call for proposals, which will support research that aims to address urgent societal challenges through a sex and gender lens.

CIHR is pleased to announce that it will make funding available to support Canadian researcher interested in investigating sex and gender in health through transnational collaborations.

The National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is pleased to also announce that it will make funding available to support Canadian researcher interested in investigating the aspects of social sciences and humanities, provided that the main focus remains within the natural sciences and engineering. For further details on this opportunity please view NSERC’s website.

The call for proposals was launched on December 21, 2017.

Anticipated timelines

Webinar: January 25, 2018, join the webinar
Pre-proposal deadline: March 1, 2018, 5 p.m. CET
Full application deadline: July 2018
Notice of decision: October 2018
Funding start date: October 1, 2018

The following information is specifically for Canadian researchers’ fundable by CIHR.

Of note, no documents need to be submitted through CIHR ResearchNet for the Pre-proposal stage; however, CIHR ResearchNet applications will be required at the Full application stage. It is anticipated that the CIHR Funding Opportunity will be available on ResearchNet late January 2018.

Funds available

The total amount available for Canadian researchers from CIHR is $1.5 million CAD, enough to fund five (5) grants. The maximum amount available is $100,000 CAD per year for up to three (3) years for a total of $300,000 CAD, per grant.

Important co-fund requirements

The rules for this Joint Call require that each applicant team include investigators from at least three consortium countries. For Canadian investigators, this means you must establish partnerships with researchers from at least two other consortium partner countries (excluding Canada). Each partner must have a Principal Investigator (PI) considered eligible for funding by a GENDER-NET Plus funding organization in that country, including:

Call topics

GENDER-NET Plus is the first European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) Cofund whose aim is to foster the integration of sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA) into research and funding programs.

The call will invite interdisciplinary applications exploring sex and gender effects and dimensions in research topics relating to one or more of the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  1. Good health and well-being (SDG 3)
    • SDG3: Gender-based violence (topic 1.1)
    • SDG3: Sex, Gender and Aging (topic 1.2)
    • SDG3: Sex, Gender and Health (topic 1.3)
  2. Infrastructure, Industrialization and Innovation (SDG 9)
    • SDG9: Gender and New Technologies (topic 2.1)
    • SDG9: Gender in Entrepreneurship and in the Innovation System (topic 2.2)
  3. Climate Action (SDG 13)
    • SDG13: Gender Dimension in Climate Behavior and Decision-Making (topic 3.1)

The call will invite both basic and applied research. For any chosen topic, an interdisciplinary approach that addresses the interplay between society - technology and culture is encouraged. Research that addresses the social dimension of gender is strongly encouraged.

IMPORTANT: CIHR will support applications that respond to SDG 3, Good Health and Well-being, topics 1.2 and 1.3 only.


CIHR's participation in Gender-Net Plus is part of the Personalized Health Initiative, a priority-driven initiative funded through the CIHR Roadmap Accelerator Fund, which is led by the Institute of Aging, the Institute of Cancer Research, the Institute of Gender and Health, the Institute of Genetics and the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. One of the objectives of the Personalized Health Initiative is to increase researcher awareness about the importance of Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis (SGBA). 


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The applicant leading the Canadian component must be an independent researcher to be considered for CIHR funding.
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be appointed at an eligible institution (See Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).
  3. If there are two Canadian teams involved in a CRP, one person must be named the Nominated Principal Applicant on the abbreviated application submitted to CIHR at the full application stage.

For additional eligibility requirements for individuals, refer to the Individual Eligibility Requirements.

Please also read carefully the eligibility requirements in the document “Funding Organization Rules”. These rules apply to the partners in each participating country or region.

Consortium partners

To view all the consortium partners, please visit the GENDER-NET Plus website.

To learn more

CIHR will hold an applicant webinar after the Funding Opportunity is launched, with dates and registration information contained in the Funding Opportunity.

Please view the Gender-Net Plus website for any other relevant details.

Contact information

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

Questions related to the call and any national or regional rules and regulations should primarily be directed to the funding organization Contact Points, which are listed in the GENDER-NET Plus website. Other, more general, questions about the call can be directed to the Call Secretariat.

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