Project Grant: Application process


  • Applications submitted in French are now allowed two additional pages of research proposal. This provision will ensure an equitable amount of space for applications written in either official language, as evidence demonstrates that documents written in French require approximately 20% more space than similar documents in English.
  • Individuals who hold a Foundation Grant in the role of Program Leader and were originally funded as a mid-career or senior researcher are not eligible to apply to the Project Grant competition in the role of Nominated Principal Applicant and Principal Applicant.
  • Foundation grantees originally funded as early career researchers (ECRs) are eligible to apply for Project Grants in the role of Nominated Principal Applicant or Principal Applicant.
  • For applicants who have held a Foundation grant as an ECR, an additional half page may be included in the Response to Previous Reviews attachment to contextualize their Foundation grant as deemed appropriate by the applicant.
  • In order to ensure that all applicants have exactly the same amount of space to write their research proposals, applicants must adhere to the formatting requirements described in the Project Grant Application Instructions. Failure to comply with these requirements will negatively impact the evaluation/rating of the applications and can lead to their withdrawal from the Project Grant competition.

Equity and Diversity Questionnaire

  • Completion of the Equity and Diversity Questionnaire is mandatory for all CIHR application participants. Collaborators are exempted.
  • The Equity and Diversity Questionnaire must be completed prior to the eSubmission deadline.
  • For more information about the Equity and Diversity Questionnaire, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and How-To Instructions on the CIHR website.

For the Project Grant competition competition, applicants can apply to up to three Priority Announcements (PAs). These offer additional sources of funding for highly ranked and meritorious applications that fall below the funding cut-off of the competition and that are relevant to specific CIHR research priority areas or mandates.

For more information, please refer to the "Description" section of the current funding opportunity, which includes a link to PAs available. Details on how to apply are available in the Project Grant Application Instructions. Frequently Asked Questions were also developed to help familiarize yourself with the PA program.

The Project Grant competition includes a registration and an application, followed by a single-stage committee-based peer review evaluation process. A registration must be submitted for the application form to open.

Research proposals are presented in a "free-form" format. They must include all crucial information (including figures, tables, charts and photographs) that a reviewer would need for assessing the application in accordance with the adjudication criteria, as set out in the funding opportunity. This allows applicants to decide how much text to include to address each criterion.

Applicants can also upload additional attachments including letters of support, questionnaires, surveys, and up to five publications from the last five years.

In order to successfully complete their application, applicants are also required to include the relevant CV information by completing the Biosketch CV (Nominated Principal Applicants, Principal Applicants, and Co-Applicants) through the Canadian Common CV (CCV).

Evaluation of submitted applications proceeds as detailed in the Peer Review Manual – Project:

  • Prior to the face-to-face committee meeting, expert reviewers will review their assigned applications remotely by focusing on the concept (i.e., significance and impact of the research) and the feasibility (i.e., approaches and methods, and expertise, experience and resources) of the project.
  • At the face-to-face committee meeting, the same expert reviewers meet to streamline, discuss and rate applications.

Detailed instructions on how to complete a Project Grant registration and application are available in the reference materials listed below. Additional learning materials such as webinars and learning modules are also available on the CIHR Learning Activities and resources web page.

Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis (SGBA) and Health Research

Accounting for sex and gender has the potential to make health research more rigorous, more reproducible and more applicable to everyone. As indicated on the Sex, Gender and Health Research, and as with previous competitions, CIHR expects that all research applicants will integrate sex and gender into their research designs when appropriate.

In the Project Grant: Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 competitions, the sex and gender questions in the applications have been reworded to clarify what is meant by ‘taken into account’ within a research proposal (i.e., in the research design, methods, analysis and interpretation, and/or dissemination of findings) and to align with guidance provided to peer reviewers on the assessment of sex as a biological variable and/or gender as a socio-cultural factor within research proposals.

Reviewers will be explicitly assessing whether the integration of sex (as a biological variable) and/or gender (as a socio-cultural factor) is a strength, a weakness or not applicable to the proposal. As was introduced in the Project Grant: Spring 2018 competition, reviewers will also be prompted to comment on their assessment and asked to provide recommendations to the applicants on how they might improve the strength of their applications with respect to the integration of sex and/or gender. As such, and in addition to the answers you provide for the sex and/or gender-specific questions as noted above, you are asked to include details about how sex as a biological variable and/or gender as a socio-cultural factor is integrated in your research design, methods, analysis and interpretation, and/or dissemination of findings within your research proposal, if applicable.

For guidance and resources on how to integrate sex and gender, please visit the CIHR website.



Priority Announcements

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