Funding Analytics

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is committed to undertaking meaningful analyses to improve the delivery of its programs, and to create greater transparency and accountability.

Certain CIHR investment data are available on CIHR’s Funding Decisions Database, in CIHR's section of the Open Government portal and in the Canadian Research Information System.

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Project Grant: Fall 2019 Competition Results
The Fall 2019 competition approved 385 research grants, plus an additional 4 bridge grants, for a total investment of approximately $275M.


Project Grant: Fall 2019 Peer Review Participant Demographics
This study examines the demographics of Fall 2019 Project Grant peer review participants by sex, region and pillar.


Project Grant: Spring 2019 Competition Results
The Spring 2019 competition approved 382 research grants, plus an additional 21 bridge grants, for a total investment of approximately $275M.


Key considerations for sunsetting the Foundation Grant program
CIHR conducted a number of analyses of all completed Foundation Grant competitions, which revealed four main areas of concern: gender, age, institution size, and pillar of research. For comparison, these areas were also examined in the Project Grant program.


Foundation Grant: 2018-2019 Competition Results
The Foundation Grant: 2018-2019 competition approved 28 research grants, for a total investment of $81,416,036.


CIHR in Numbers 2017–18
These graphs provide a breakdown of CIHR's investments from 2000–01 to 2017–18.


Establishing a Threshold for Application Inclusion in PRC Discussions
Analyses were undertaken to identify the threshold that would capture the largest percentage of applications approved following discussion at peer review committee (PRC) meeting, while minimizing the percentage of applications that would not be funded without PRC discussion.


Clarifying the Fall 2017 Project Grant Funding Results
This analysis examines the relationship between application rank within a panel, the percent rank score, and funding cutoffs.

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