Collaborative Health Research Projects – Overview

Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) is a joint initiative between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). CHRP grants support focussed, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects involving any field of the natural sciences or engineering and any field of the health sciences.

Proposed research projects should be innovative, with a strong focus on knowledge translation, and lead to health benefits for Canadians, more effective health services and/or economic development in health-related areas. All applicant teams are required to engage and collaborate with a knowledge/technology user organization that could benefit from the research results.

Funding for CHRP projects can be for up to three years for defined projects with clear milestones and decision points.


In the context of improved health for Canadians, the CHRP objectives are to:

  • translate research results to knowledge/technology users and other stakeholders;
  • encourage the NSERC and CIHR research communities to collaborate and integrate their expertise;
  • Advance interdisciplinary research leading to knowledge and technologies with the potential to benefit Canada by improving the Canadian healthcare system and/or services and where appropriate lead to economic opportunities in Canada; and
  • train highly qualified personnel in collaborative and interdisciplinary research relevant to health.
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