Priority-Driven Initiatives Salary Awards – Application Guidelines
- This document provides general application instructions and does not necessarily contain all information required to complete an application. Please ensure that you also read the details specific to you funding opportunity in ResearchNet and refer to the CIHR Funding policies.
- The tasks that appear in ResearchNet for the funding opportunity to which you are applying are the only tasks required for that funding opportunity. Some tasks presented in these guidelines may not be required for all applications.
- DORA: CIHR has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), a global initiative whose purpose is to support the development and promotion of best practices in the assessment of scholarly research. As a signatory of DORA, CIHR recognizes that research contributions are not limited to published journal articles but can include a broader range of contributions.
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General Application Process
- Applications must be submitted by applicants using ResearchNet.
- All attachments must be in PDF format and must adhere to the Acceptable Application Formats and PDF Attachments guidelines.
- Any documents/attachments that exceed the application limits will be removed from the application prior to peer review.
- It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their application is complete prior to submission.
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Tasks for Completing an Application:
- Complete a Canadian Common CV
- Complete the ResearchNet Application
- Task 1. Identify Participants
- Task 2: Identify Sponsors
- Task 3. Enter Proposal Information
- Task 4. Complete Summary of Research Proposal
- Task 5. Enter Budget Information
- Task 6. Attach Other Application Materials
- Task 7: Identify Application Partners
- Task 8. Complete Peer Review Administration Information
- Task 9. Apply to Priority Announcements/Funding Pools
- Task 10. Print/Upload Signature Pages
- Task 11. Preview
- Task 12. Manage Access (optional) (if applicable)
- Task 13. Consent and Submit
Note: Not all funding opportunities will include the optional Manage Access task. The Manage Access task will be enabled based on individual funding opportunity requirements. For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Complete a Canadian Common CV
The Canadian Common CV (CCV) is a web-based application that provides researchers with a single, common approach to gathering CV information.
See the "How to Apply" section of the specific funding opportunity to determine the CV requirements.
To complete a Canadian Common CV:
- Log in to the Canadian Common CV (CCV) system.
- Go to the CV menu on the top left of the page, and select "Funding".
- Select "CIHR" from the dropdown menu in the "Funding Source" field, select the appropriate CV type based on your role and click "Load."
- Enter data in each of the required sections, and click "Done." Validation is performed automatically, and if there are any errors, they will be displayed in each relevant section.
- The CV data entered in the CCV can be viewed in PDF format by selecting "Preview" on the top right of the page. Read through the document to identify any changes that need to be made in the CCV before submitting your CV to CIHR.
- Once satisfied with the information and output of your CV, click "Submit." A CCV confirmation number will be generated in the status message, and will also be located at the top of the CV PDF document. Record this confirmation number as it will be needed to link the CV to your application in ResearchNet under the "Identify Participants" task.
- If you wish to make changes to your CCV after it has been linked to ResearchNet, you must repeat the steps described above. This will generate a new CCV confirmation number, which will need to update in ResearchNet.
- You can preview your CCV in ResearchNet by selecting "Preview" on the Tasks page.
Notes: During peak periods, there can be a delay between the time that you submit your CV and when ResearchNet is able to validate it. It is highly recommended that you complete and submit your CV well in advance of the competition deadline.
For additional information please refer to the CCV Frequently Asked Questions for CIHR Applicants and CIHR's CCV Information web page.
B. Complete the ResearchNet Application
Task 1: Identify Participants
This task collects information on all participants involved in your application. Consult the specific funding opportunity eligibility criteria for more information and the applicant eligibility requirements in the CIHR Application Administration Guide.
1.1 Participant Information
- The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) can add participants in ResearchNet by clicking "Add Participants":
- Note: If the participant's PIN has not been validated, the participant must login to their ResearchNet account, select their name in the top right banner, and select "Validate your CIHR PIN".
Most Significant Contributions
This sub-task captures information on the NPA and all other participants except Collaborators. From your research-related contributions, choose up to five that you judge to be the most significant and relevant to the application.
Research contributions are not limited to published journal articles and can include a broad range of contributions (e.g., research publications, reports, books, guidelines, datasets, code, tools, training and mentorship, community engagement, standards, software and commercialized products) and impacts (e.g., influence on policy and practice, health outcomes, societal outcomes, and distinctions-based, meaningful and culturally safe health research). For further guidance consult the Applicant Resource: How to highlight your research contributions and impacts.
The chosen contributions should be directly relevant to the grant application, and your role in the research clearly indicated. The significance, relevance and impact of the contributions should be clear and demonstrate how you will contribute to the application at hand.
Proof of Licensure (if applicable)
Health Professionals (medical doctors (MD), doctors of veterinary medicine (DVM), doctors of dental science (DDS)), and Allied Health Professionals currently licensed in Canada must provide proof of licensure. This document must be scanned, saved in a PDF format, and uploaded in ResearchNet.
Task 2: Identify Sponsors
This section collects information on the sponsors who will provide an assessment of the applicant. These assessments should come from people under whom the applicant has trained and/or who have had a good opportunity to assess their potential for research.
- The applicant must enter the sponsors' names and email addresses within their application and click "Send Sponsor Request". This action will automatically generate two emails which will be sent to each sponsor.
- The first email will notify the sponsor of the requirement to complete an assessment.
- The second email will provide them with instructions on how to complete the sponsor assessment and will include a link to the electronic form.
- The assessment form can be written in either English or French. Once submitted, the assessment will be automatically attached to the application.
- It is the applicant's responsibility to follow up with their sponsors to ensure the assessments are submitted prior to the deadline date. This section will only be marked as complete in the ResearchNet once all required sponsors have submitted their assessment.
Note: Applicants do not have access to the content submitted by the sponsors as part of their assessment. However, applicants can see the status of each assessment under the "Identify Sponsors" section.
Task 3: Enter Proposal Information
This task collects information related to your research project.
- Title: Provide a title for your proposal. Your title is the way that CIHR identifies your research proposal. For this reason you cannot edit your title once submitted.
- Lay Title: Provide a title for your project that is in a language clear to members of the general public. Lay titles are used by CIHR to inform the public and Parliament about the valuable research supported through public funds.
- Lay Abstract: Using language accessible to a lay audience, describe your proposed project, indicating how your proposed research can improve personal health, the health of populations and/or the health delivery system. This information is used by CIHR to inform the public and Parliament about the valuable research supported through public funds.
- Institution Paid: The institution that will administer the funds for your project. Consult the institutional eligibility requirements in the CIHR Application Administration Guide.
- Certification Requirements: Check all that apply. For more information consult the following policies:
- Human Stem Cells, Human Subjects and Animals: Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions
- Biohazards, Requirement for Containment and Containment Levels: Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines
- Impact Assessment Act (IAA): CIHR must review proposals for potential impacts on the environment in accordance with the Impact Assessment Act.
- Is this a clinical trial? Indicate if this application includes a clinical trial. For more information regarding clinical trials, please consult the CIHR Policy Guide – Requirements for Registration and Disclosure of Results from Clinical Trials.
- Does this Application Contain a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)? Indicate if this application includes a randomized controlled trial.
- In order to carry out the proposed research in this application, is an exemption from Health Canada under Section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act required? Applicants must self-declare if their proposed research will involve the use of controlled substances during application submission and must agree to obtain the appropriate exemption certificates from Health Canada, as required. This information will be used by CIHR for reporting purposes only. For more information on obtaining an exemption under Section 56 of the CDSA consult the Health Canada website.
- For statistical purposes, does this application propose research involving Indigenous Peoples? For more information consult the Ethics of Health Research Involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis People.
- Are sex (biological) and gender (socio-cultural) considerations taken into account in this proposal? Select yes or no for each set of questions. You must also describe how sex and/or gender will be considered in your research design, or why it is not applicable (limit of 2000 characters). For more information consult the Guide to sex and gender based analysis.
- Descriptors: Provide keywords to describe your research project, the techniques and methodologies it will employ, and the areas of interest.
- Areas of Research: Select the areas of research that best describe your proposal from the list provided.
- Classification: Select the classifications that best describe your proposal from the list provided.
- Themes:Select a primary theme classification. Indicate additional theme classifications only if the substance of your application significantly overlaps more than one theme. For more information, consult the definition of the four CIHR Themes in the Guidelines for the Eligibility of Applications Related to Health.
- Suggested Institutes: Select a primary CIHR Institute whose research mandate is related to your application's research area(s) and objective(s). Additional Institutes can be selected if the substance of your application significantly overlaps with the research mandate of more than one Institute.
The follow attachments can/must be appended to your application
- Research Proposal
Provide a clear, concise description of your program of research over the course of the award. Please provide information on how these activities will be funded. Consult the funding opportunity for specific requirements to include and for the number of pages allowed. You should respond to all points outlined in the "Review Process and Evaluation" section as well as consult the "How to apply" section of the funding opportunity.
Title pages and table of contents will count towards the total pages allowed if attached under this task. Attach any references, tables, charts, figures, and photographs in the "Research Proposal Appendix" task.
Note: Reviewers are under no obligation to read the "Research Proposal Appendix" other than to read references, tables, charts, figures and photographs. Therefore, your research proposal should be standalone and contain all the information required to support your research plan (i.e. it should contain a complete description of your program).
- Research Proposal Appendix
Appendices may include items such as, references, tables, charts, figures, photographs, questionnaires, RCT methods, and consent forms.
- Appendix 2A
To be completed and signed by the Head of Department.
Appendix 2A - Part 1 - Other Responsibilities of the Applicant. Limit of 1 page.
Indicate the nature and the extent (hours per year and percentage of time) of non-research activities in which the applicant would be required to engage such as:
- Teaching (excluding graduate student supervision)
- Clinical work
- Administrative duties
- Corporate involvement (e.g., involvement on boards or advisory committees)
Appendix 2A - Part 2 - Research Associations. Limit of 1 page.
Identify the individuals and research programs the applicant would be associated with and the nature of this association, emphasizing their potential contributions.
Appendix 2A - Part 3 - Commitment of the Nominating Institution. Limit to 1 page.
CIHR expects that the nominating institution will offer successful applicants a full-time faculty, or equivalent position as an Independent Investigator. Clearly identify the research buildings and facilities available to the applicant, as well as any startup funds that will be provided. Also, the institution must commit to protecting a minimum of 75% of the applicant's time for research for the duration of the award. Therefore, describe the institution's commitment to protecting their research time.
- Response to Previous Reviews
In some funding opportunities, extra pages are allowed in order to respond to previous reviewers' comments. Your response should not require reference to any other form of documentation as reviewers will not have access to previous application information. Furthermore, your application will not necessarily be reviewed by the same reviewers as before.
Task 4: Complete Summary of Research Proposal
Summarize your research proposal. Please note this document may be used for relevance review. Additionally, the summary is used for reviewers to assess their level of expertise.
Impacts on progress of research: At your discretion and where relevant, outline the impact of specific factors (e.g., leave history, career stage, family responsibilities, pandemic impact or other circumstances) on your research progress.
Task 5: Enter Budget Information
In some instances the salary award may include a grant component or a research allowance. You may be required to provide a budget outlining how these operating funds will be spent.
Note: In order to trigger the task "Add Financial Assistance Requested" (for each year), the number of years of support requested must be identified in the "Enter Proposal Information" task under "Details – Period of Support Requested".
5.1 Add Financial Assistance Requested (for each year)
In the "No" column, provide an estimate of the number of human resources required for a full year, for each human resources type listed. For part-time and/or shared resources, indicate fractions (e.g., 0.5). In the In the "Salary" and "Stipend" columns, provide the pro-rated salary/stipend amount for each human resources type.
- The "Salary" and "Benefits" columns must equal the "CIHR", "Cash" and "In-Kind" columns.
- Amounts must be identified in Canadian dollars.
- If the operating baseline costs change significantly for subsequent years, provide estimates for each year.
- Equipment refers to nonexpendable tangible property, having a useful life of more than one year, and must be requested in year 1 only.
- Each budget item must include the applicable provincial and federal taxes and should be calculated using the after-rebate tax rates. After rebate tax rates are available on the Canada Revenue Agency website.
- For more information on eligibility of expenses and employment under the grant/research allowance, please consult the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) Financial Administration Guide, Use of Grant Funds.
5.2 Human Resources
Estimate the number of hours per week each applicant will be working on the research project.
5.3 Employment History
For personnel who will be paid from the grant/research allowance (e.g., research assistants, technicians, etc.), list their position at the time of application, their current salary rate ($/annum, excluding benefits), and their current source of funding.
5.4 Budget Attachments
- Financial Assistance Requested Details
Provide a full justification for all budget items relative to the proposed research.
If you include a need for research personnel and trainees, state their roles and explain why you require the level (i.e., qualifications and salary) that you are requesting.
- For Research Trainees who are compensated with a stipend, benefits are not permitted.
- For Trainees who are paid as Research Assistants (usually hourly rate plus benefit imposed by the Institution), benefits are permitted.
Itemize the expendables and services (e.g., number and cost of animals, nature and amounts of reagents, number of subjects, number and cost of printing survey instruments, etc.). For travel requests, indicate the purpose of the trip(s), the names of the individuals who will be traveling, as well as their destination(s).
For maintenance and/or equipment items included in your operating budget, indicate:
- the availability and status of similar equipment;
- the anticipated extent of utilization;
- reasons for choice of specific type, model or service contract, in relation to alternatives; and,
- the necessity for upgrading existing equipment or service contract, as applicable.
If you are requesting or hold start-up funds to equip a new laboratory, detail any funds you have received or have applied for from other sources for this purpose (e.g. institutional sources), and how you intend to use these funds.
- Cost Quotations: For single items of equipment or service contracts costing more than $10,000 and up to $25,000, attach at least one cost quotation.
- Quotations Support Letters: For single items costing more than $25,000, attach to the quote a letter from the Authorized Official at the Institution Paid attesting that the equipment is not currently available, plus at least two competitive quotes.
Task 6: Attach Other Application Materials
This task collects material to support your application such as support letters or participant tables. Consult the "How to Apply" section of the funding opportunity for program specific information.
Task 7: Identify Application Partners
This task collects partner information when it is a requirement of the competition. The nature of the contribution(s) will vary based on the requirements of the funding opportunity and the research projects.
7.1 Partnership Details
- Click "Add a Partner" to add partners.
- Enter the names and information details for each Partner participating in your project and click "Save".
- Print the "Partnership Details" PDF by clicking "View" for each Partner.
- Obtain signatures from each Partner.
- Attach the signed "Partnership Details" in PDF format by clicking on the "Manage Attachments" link on the right.
7.2 Partner Letter
A Partner Letter from every Partner must be provided at the time of application for all cash and/or in-kind/cash-equivalent contributions. The letter should include specific incremental cash or in-kind/cash-equivalent contributions being provided in support of the proposed research. For more information, see the "Eligibility" and "How to Apply" sections of the relevant funding opportunity.
Prior to scanning and attaching the Partner Letter, the document must be approved and signed by the Partner.
- From the "Identify Application Partners" task root menu, select "Manage Attachments" and upload the PDF document.
- Repeat these steps for each partner.
Task 8: Complete Peer Review Administration Information (if applicable)
This task collects information used for the purpose of peer review administration and aids CIHR in recruiting appropriate expertise.
- Suggested Reviewers for this Application
Suggest Canadian and/or foreign reviewers that you think have the expertise to review your application. CIHR reserves the right to make the final selection of external reviewers. You should not suggest reviewers in conflict of interest. Consult the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Agreement for Peer Reviewers and Peer Review Observers on the CIHR website for more information.
- Reviewers to Exclude for this Application
Provide the names of individuals that you think cannot provide an objective review of your application and add comments specifying the reason for their exclusion. CIHR reserves the right to make the final selection of reviewers.
Task 9: Apply to Priority Announcements / Funding Pools
Funding Pools consist of funds that are earmarked for applications that are relevant to specific CIHR research priority areas and/or mandates. For more information on Funding Pools, verify the "Funds Available" and "How to Apply" sections on the funding opportunity page.
To apply to a specific Funding Pool, applicants must select the Funding Pool title from the "Priority Announcements/Funding Pool Title" list and the "Relevant Research Area" addressed by the proposal, then press "Save".
If a relevance form is required, a text box will appear. Describe how the research proposed will address the relevant research area.
Task 10: Print/Upload Signature Pages
- Print the signature page PDF file which is found on ResearchNet.
- Obtain all required signatures.
- Check the "How to Apply" section of the funding opportunity description to verify signature requirements.
- Scan and upload the signed signature pages including the routing slip in the "Print/Upload Signature Pages" task in ResearchNet prior to submitting your application.
Task 11: Preview
Preview all components of your application. If a task is marked as incomplete, you must provide the missing information in order to successfully submit your application.
Task 12: Manage Access (optional) (if applicable)
This task allows a Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) to delegate access to a maximum of five  individuals to support the completion of application tasks.
How to delegate access:
- Ensure the delegate has a valid ResearchNet account/email address.
- Select the Manage Access task.
- Select the Add Access link.
- Complete the mandatory Email Address (ResearchNet account) and Last Name fields. Note, first name field is optional.
- Select Save or Save and Add Another User.
How to remove access:
- Access can be revoked at any time before eSubmission by selecting Delete.
- Once deleted, the individual will no longer be able to view the application.
A delegate's access does not carry through the various phases of a competition. The NPA will have the option to delegate access to individuals at each stage of a competition.
The NPA is encouraged to remove access from all delegates prior to completing the Consent and Submit task. Should the access not be revoked prior to submission, the delegate will retain access to the application in their Completed Activities tab.
For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Task 13: Consent and Submit
You must review the terms listed, and respond to the questions regarding consent in order to submit your application.
Click "Submit to CIHR" to send your application. The CIHR deadline for receipt of all applications is 8 p.m. ET.
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