Project Grant: Application process

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.

Detailed instructions on how to complete a Project Grant registration and application are available below. Additional learning materials are available in the resources section.



When preparing your application, CIHR expects that you will adhere to all applicable instructions and requirements. This includes font sizes, spacing, page limits etc. Failure to comply with these requirements may negatively impact the evaluation of the application and could lead to withdrawal. In cases of non-compliance that result in extra pages being added by applicants, CIHR may reformat and remove any pages that exceed the stated limit with no further notification to the Nominated Principal Applicant.

Research proposals are presented in a "free-form" format. These 10 pages (12 for French applications)  must include all crucial information (including figures, tables, charts and photographs) that a reviewer would need for assessing the project 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. It should be able to stand alone.

In order to successfully complete their application, applicants are also required to include the relevant CV information by completing either the Biosketch through the Canadian Common CV (CCV) or the Applicant Profile CV. The Applicant Profile CV can only be used by knowledge users, non-academics, Indigenous organizations, and international applicants, as appropriate and applicable. Canadian academics must continue to provide a Biosketch CV. Failure to provide the correct CV format for a given role/participant type may negatively impact the evaluation of the application.


  • Applications submitted in French are 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. Please visit the Transition planning considerations for Foundation Grant holders and/or contact CIHR if you have questions about your eligibility.
  • 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.

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.

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 webpage, and as with previous competitions, CIHR expects that all research applicants will integrate sex and gender into their research designs when appropriate.

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.

Priority Announcements

For the Project Grant 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.


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.


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