Eligibility of global health research at CIHR

September 2019

Dear colleagues,

CIHR has recently received questions from the research community regarding global health research proposals and their eligibility for funding under the Project Grant program.

Since its creation, CIHR has proudly supported and continues to fund global health research through Project Grants and other funding opportunities. Indeed, global health research is a core part of CIHR’s legislated mandate, which calls for CIHR “to contribute to the improvement of people’s health in Canada and the world.”

Furthermore, to address those comments regarding the Project Grant program specifically, the Peer Review Manual clearly states that “projects that have a global health research focus, or include international collaborations, are eligible for support through the Project Grant program.”

That said, CIHR continues to see reviews that highlight a misconception among applicants and reviewers that global health research is not eligible for CIHR or Project Grant funding. As such, we are taking immediate steps to address any lack of clarity in competition materials such as the peer review manual and the application instructions. We will also continue to ensure our current processes pertaining to eligibility rules are respected and that any potential negative biases identified in peer review are swiftly addressed.

These actions are part of ongoing efforts at CIHR to further strengthen our support of global health research in the Project Grant program and beyond. We believe the actions that we are taking today will further support Canada’s global health researchers to achieve tangible health impacts for people everywhere.

Michael Strong, MD, FRCPC, FAAN, FCAHS
President, CIHR

Steven J. Hoffman, JD PhD LLD
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health
CIHR Scientific Lead for Global Health

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