Catalyst Grant: Health Effects of Vaping – Pre-announcement

CIHR and its Institutes of Cancer Research (ICR); Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH); Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH); and Neurosciences, Mental Health, and Addiction (INMHA) are pleased to announce an upcoming funding opportunity to support research to address urgent knowledge gaps related to the health effects of vaping in youth and adults. This funding opportunity will advance our understanding of the health consequences of vaping, vaping behaviours, mental health and addiction health impacts, and will expand and strengthen the overall knowledge base related to vaping in Canada.


The objective of this funding opportunity is to generate research evidence and build research capacity in key areas related to vaping in both youth and adults by:

  • Generating preliminary observations, data or knowledge;
  • Supporting projects which have the potential to generate high impact results and/or innovative research proposals; and
  • Facilitating consideration and application of new evidence to inform ongoing and future development of policies, practices and programs related to vaping.

This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas:

  • Youth vaping of nicotine, cannabinoid oils, THC, and other compounds;
  • Short- and/or long-term health effects of vaping (including lung injury in youth and/or adults);
  • Behaviours and associated health and social impacts of vaping product use (youth and/or adults);
  • Mental health, addiction and dependence in the context of vaping (youth and/or adults);
  • Vaping policy issues among youth and/or adults;
  • Vaping and oral health (youth and/or adults);
  • Other areas related to the health consequences of vaping in youth and/or adults.

Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2,400,000, enough to fund approximately 24 grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount available per grant is $100,000 per year for one year.

CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to grants received as a result of this funding opportunity.

Important Dates

Anticipated Funding Opportunity Launch: Early 2020
Registration and Full Application Deadline: Spring 2020
Funding Start Date: September 2020

*These timelines are estimates and subject to change.

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