Project Grant: Spring 2020 results

336 grants funded, $253M total investment, 9 bridge grants

The Project Grants: Spring 2020 competition has approved 336 research grants, plus an additional 9 bridge grants, for a total investment of approximately $253MFootnote 1.

In addition, 16 priority announcement bridge grants were funded to a total amount of $1,460,000. Of these, 2 were granted as top-up awards.

The 336 grants approved were awarded to 330 individual nominated principal investigators (6 NPIs were awarded two grants). Of the 336 grants, 82were awarded to early career researchers, and 11 were awarded for Indigenous health research projects.

The average grant size/duration is approximately $751,201 over 4.39 years.

Geographic breakdown

Province Number of applications submitted Percent of total applications submitted Number of applications funded Percent of applications funded Province-specific success rate Average grant amount Median grant amount
British Columbia 237 11.1% 31 9.2% 13.1% $719,613 $784,125
Alberta 221 10.4% 38 11.3% 17.2% $795,936 $777,431
Saskatchewan 37 1.7% 5 1.5% 13.5% $747,099 $745,875
Manitoba 63 3.0% 12 3.6% 19.0% $824,925 $803,250
Ontario 940 44.1% 145 43.2% 15.4% $734,811 $734,400
Québec 566 26.6% 96 28.6% 17.0% $765,696 $738,225
New Brunswick 2 0.1% 0 0.0% 0.0% $0 $0
Nova Scotia 49 2.3% 8 2.4% 16.3% $672,722 $613,913
Prince Edward Island 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0.0% $0 $0
Newfoundland and Labrador 15 0.7% 1 0.3% 6.7% $719,100 $719,000
Total 2130 100.0% 336 100.0% 15.8% $751,022 $747,788
The success rate does not include bridge grants or priority announcements.

Note: The applications that were approved conditionally will not appear in the detailed funding decisions database until the conditions have been resolved.

Additional details

Competition results by category
Category Number of applications submitted Percent of total applications submitted Number of applications funded Percent of applications funded Category-specific success rate Average grant amount Median grant amount
Early career researchers (ECRs) 502 23.6% 82 24.4% 16.3% $650,821 $633,038
Mid-career investigators 917 43.1% 153 45.5% 16.7% $737,476 $726,750
Senior investigators 709 33.3% 101 30.1% 14.2% $852,894 $795,600
Knowledge Users 2 0.1% 0 0.0% 0.0% N/A N/A
Integrated KT 405 19.0% 69 20.5% 17.0% $644,787 $558,450
Investigators who identify as female 774 36.3% 127 37.8% 16.4% $746,739 $749,700
Indigenous Health 22 1.0% 11 3.3% 50.0% $921,130 $1,005,975
Submitted in French 26 1.2% 1 0.3% 3.8% $550,800 $550,800
Pillar 1 - Biomedical 1240 58.2% 203 60.4% 16.4% $797,540 $803,250
Pillar 2 - Clinical 464 21.8% 62 18.5% 13.4% $750,250 $594,788
Pillar 3 - Health systems/services 200 9.4% 31 9.2% 15.5% $566,598 $481,950
Pillar 4 - Social / Cultural / Environmental / Population Health 221 10.4% 40 11.9% 18.1% $659,071 $546,975
The success rate does not include bridge grants or priority announcements.

Large grants awarded

Large grants are defined as being in the top 2% of total grant value within a competition.

A total of 4 large grants were funded using a budget envelope of $12.66 million. Four additional large grant was awarded a one-year bridge grant.

Early Career Investigators

The success rate for early career researchers (ECRs) was equalized. This means that the proportion of ECRs funded will not be less than the proportion of ECR applicants to the competition. This equalization is for the competition as a whole, not by committee.

With a success rate of 16.3% compared to 15.6% for non-ECRs, no intervention was required to equalize the ECR success rate.

Indigenous Health Research

All applications reviewed by the Indigenous Health Research committee went through an iterative peer review process.

Based on the recommendation of the review committee, 11 Indigenous health research projects were awarded funding. CIHR is proud to support these projects as part of its commitment to invest 4.6% of its annual budget in Indigenous health research.

Peer Review

Details about the Project Grant: Fall 2020 peer review participants will be available separately in the coming weeks.

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