Project Grant: Eligibility

Please refer to the specific funding opportunity for details on eligibility. Additional general information can also be found in the CIHR Application Administration Guide.

Project grants are designed to support researchers at any career stage to build and conduct health-related research and knowledge translation projects across CIHR's mandate.

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be:
    1. an independent researcher or a knowledge user affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution and/or its affiliated institutions (including hospitals, research institutes and other non-profit organizations with a mandate for health research and/or knowledge translation) at the time of funding.


    2. an individual affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate.


    3. an Indigenous non-governmental organization with a research or knowledge translation mandate (see Administration of Funds, below).
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.
  3. Principal Applicants must be independent researchers or knowledge users (inclusion of one or more Principal Applicants is optional). Individuals in the principal applicant role may not be a trainee or be in a subordinate position (i.e. directed or supervised by another), with respect to the subject matter of the proposed research/activities.
  4. Co-Applicants can be one of the following (inclusion of one or more is optional):
  5. An individual or an organization cannot submit more than two Project Grant applications per competition as a Nominated Principal Applicant. If the Nominated Principal Applicant submits more than two applications, CIHR will automatically withdraw the last application(s) submitted based on time-stamp of submission.
  6. Applicants must comply with CIHR's Policy on Identical / Essentially Identical Applications.
  7. Individuals who hold a Foundation Grant in the role of Program Leader are eligible to apply to the Project Grant competition in the role of Nominated Principal Applicant or Principal Applicant only 18 months prior to their grant expiry date. Please visit the Transition planning considerations for Foundation Grant holders and/or contact CIHR if you have questions about your eligibility.


A portion of the Project Grant competition budget will be reserved to ensure that the proportion of grants funded is at least equal to the proportion of applications submitted by early career researchers (ECRs), female applicants and for applicants submitting applications written in French.

Early Career Researchers (ECRs)

Inclusion within this cohort is based on the ECR eligibility status of the Nominated Principal Applicant, at the application deadline.

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