Call for Expressions of Interest: Spring 2022 CIHR-III New Investigator Forum

Launch of Call for Expression of Interest: 2021-10-25
Application Deadline: 2021-12-03
Notice of Decision: 2022-01-10
Application Form: Application Form [ PDF (1.81 MB) ]

The New Investigator Forum

CIHR-III is committed to supporting the next generation of infection and immunity researchers in Canada to achieve the highest possible level of scientific excellence. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by early career researchers, CIHR-III is pleased to announce the New Investigator Forum (NIF), an event dedicated to supporting and promoting the professional development of early career researchers and late-stage post-doctoral researchers or research associates whose research is relevant to CIHR-III’s mandate.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring 2020 NIF was postponed. However, the next NIF will be held virtually from March 29 – 31, 2022.


To promote the visibility and success of Canadian new investigators in the disciplines of infection and immunity by:

  • Facilitating interaction, learning, collaboration, and networking among new investigators and between investigators and other participants, and
  • Fostering mentoring, training, and knowledge sharing between investigators, senior academics, CIHR staff and other infection and immunity stakeholders within an interdisciplinary environment

To foster the development of a range of skills required to establish and maintain a successful research career by:

  • Discussing opportunities and strategies for addressing research career challenges
  • Familiarizing the new investigators with the Canadian funding landscape, including CIHR programs, peer-review and alternative funding sources
  • Optimizing the new investigators’ ability to communicate and leverage the results of their work with various stakeholders including the media and the public

Event Details

Dates: March 29 – 31, 2022*
*Please note that the agenda is still under development, but we expect the main sessions to run from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT across the three days.

Location: Virtual

Cost: No registration or travel cost associated with this event.


  • Fifty (50) spots will be reserved for early career researchers in the area of infection and immunity.
  • In addition, a maximum of ten (10) spots will be reserved to fund applications from late-stage post-doctoral researchers or research associates who have a minimum of 3 years of postdoctoral experience and are actively looking to pursue an academic career as an independent investigator.
  • Eligible candidates from all CIHR themes (biomedical; clinical; health systems; social, cultural, environmental and population health) in the various areas of infection and immunity are encouraged to apply.
  • Priority will be given to the applicants who applied to the Spring 2020 NIF through the Winter 2020 Travel Award competition.
  • Should there be more applications than spots, a lottery process will be used to select the successful applicants. CIHR is committed to equitable and inclusive participation and may implement strategies in the lottery process to enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Compensation for dependent care are available to successful applicants. Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions for the latest updates.


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be one of the following:
    1. A Trainee: At the time of application, the NPA must be a late-stage post-doctoral researcher or research associate with a minimum of 3 years of postdoctoral experience.
    2. An Early Career Researcher: At the time of application, the NPA must meet CIHR’s definition of an ECR. Please note that CIHR has further extended ECR eligibility (from 0-72 months to 0-84 months) as the earlier "pause the clock" is scheduled to end but the conditions that led to its implementation have not.
  2. The NPA must be committed to attend the entire NIF 2022 Program and invest approximately 5 hours of preparation time for program sessions such as the mock peer review.
  3. The NPA’s area of research much be relevant to CIHR-III’s mandate.
  4. The competition is open to Canadians studying within Canada and abroad, and to Canadians and non-Canadians affiliated with a Canadian Institution at the time of the application.

If you would like to participate in the NIF 2022 but are uncertain about your eligibility, we encourage you to contact III at Your queries will be addressed on a case by case basis. We recognize that a researcher’s career path during their training through to their first faculty appointment may be unconventional, and are committed to ensuring every applicant’s experience is appropriately assessed to fairly determine their eligibility for this forum.

Notice of Decision

Successful applicants will be notified by email on January 10th, 2022.

How to Apply

  • Download and complete the application form [ PDF (1.81 MB) ] from the CIHR III website
  • Provide a PDF of your Biosketch Common CV.
    Note: Registering for a CIHR PIN (required for the Biosketch Common CV) may take up to 24 business hours.
  • Provide a letter of support in English or French
    • For trainees: Your supervisor or someone from a recognized academic institution in Canada must confirm your status as a post-doctoral researcher or as a research associate with a minimum of 3 years of postdoctoral experience. It must also demonstrate that you are actively pursuing an academic career as an independent investigator in Canada in the area of infection and immunity.
    • For early career researchers: Your supervisor or someone at a recognized academic institution in Canada must confirm the date of your first faculty appointment in Canada.
  • Submit your application to by 23:59 Eastern time on December 3, 2021.

Researchers are encouraged to submit their applications in the official language of their choice.

Contact Information

For all inquiries, please contact CIHR-III by email at

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