Project Grant: Application process


  • The Summary of Progress is mandatory for all Nominated Principal Applicants and can be a maximum of two pages. This document supports your research proposal by allowing you to describe how your application fits into your overarching research program. When preparing the Summary of Progress pages, please carefully read the instructions as the scope is wider than what many will have experienced previously when applying to the OOGP.

    The Summary of Progress should include:

    • Progress/productivity: Contextualize any results from your research activities that support your current application.
    • COVID-19 impact on your research: Outline the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your research program, as appropriate.
    • ECRs: For those who are early career researchers (ECRs) and who have held a Foundation grant, you can contextualize your Foundation grant into the Summary of Progress (i.e., this is where you can include the content that would have gone into the half-page statement that you were formerly able to add to your Project application).
    • Budget requested in relation to overall funding held currently or pending: Contextualize your current application and proposed budget in relation to your overall program of research and funding history. Your narrative must include all funding currently held and pending, including grants received through the course of the recent pandemic funding opportunities. It will be incumbent on you to illustrate clearly to reviewers why the requested funds are needed, how they are distinct from the funds you currently hold, and how they will advance your research.
  • A new CV is available for non-academic, Indigenous organizations and international applicants. These applicants now have the option of uploading the new Applicant Profile CV or using the CIHR Biosketch CV, using the Canadian Common CV (CCV) interface. Note – Academic applicants must continue to use their CIHR Biosketch CV.

  • 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 are eligible to apply to the Project Grant competition in the role of Nominated Principal Applicant or Principal Applicant 18 months to the grant expiry date.

  • 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 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 either the Biosketch CV (Nominated Principal Applicants, Principal Applicants, and Co-Applicants) through the Canadian Common CV (CCV) or the Applicant Profile CV. The Applicant Profile CV can be used for knowledge users, non-academics, Indigenous organizations, and international applicants as appropriate and applicable.

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

  • Prior to the 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.
  • During the 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.

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. Reviewers will factor the assessment of sex and/or gender into the written evaluation and overall score and be 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.



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