IG Institute Community Support (ICS) Program

The ICS Program is designed to foster community development by providing grants and awards to individuals and organizations for the purposes of:

  • Aiding research and knowledge translation activities where the circumstances fall outside of CIHR's current suite of funding programs.
  • Supporting individuals and organizations whose goals are consistent with CIHR and its Institutes' vision, mandate and strategic directions.

The ICS Program is not intended to support the direct cost of research (e.g., pilot projects, feasibility studies or operating grants), principal investigator and co-investigator salaries, or research equipment.

Institute of Genetics (IG) ICS Program

IG has developed four funding programs under the framework of the ICS Program:

  • Planning and Dissemination Grants (Winter 2019)
    • Objective: To support planning activities, partnership development and/or increasing understanding of the health research landscape that will contribute to the advancement of research consistent with the mandate of the CIHR Institute of Genetics (IG); and/or; to support dissemination events/activities that focus on the communication of health research evidence to the appropriate researcher and/or knowledge user audience(s), tailoring the message and medium as appropriate.

The IG contribution to the amount available for this program is subject to availability of funds voted annually to CIHR by parliamentary appropriations, and the conditions that may be attached to them.

The funds available and allowable costs for each program, along with the program description, application information, review process, and evaluation criteria are outlined in the funding opportunities linked above.

Institute Support Grant

New PI Meeting

The Institute of Genetics has been hosting its Annual New Principal Investigators Meeting for 16 years. It represents a mentorship and networking event designed to strengthen the professional development of junior faculty working in the mandate areas of IG, and has been co-organized with many other institutes of CIHR over the years. Evaluations of past meetings have indicated that the more than 1,400 new investigators who have attended a meeting has found it to be a valuable experience.

Topics include presentations covering a range of subjects of common interest to new principal investigators, to enhance career development of basic, clinical, applied and health services and policy researchers. Established scientists act as mentors and lead sessions on grant writing, the mechanics of peer review, and the administrative and human resource challenges of running a laboratory or research team.

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