Project Grant: Fall 2021 results

417 grants funded, $325M total investment, 1 bridge grant

The Project Grants: Fall 2021 competition has approved 417 research grants, plus 1 bridge grant, for a total investment of approximately $325MFootnote 1.

In addition, 105 priority announcement grants were funded for a total amount of $12,292,500 and 13 supplemental prizes were awarded for a total of $400,000.

The 417 grants approved were awarded to 404 individual nominated principal investigators (13 NPIs were awarded two grants). Of the 417 grants, 108 were awarded to early career researchers, and 13 were awarded for Indigenous health research projects.

The average grant size/duration is approximately $779,781 over 4.45 years.

Streamlining

Only a portion of the Project Grant applications submitted to a competition will ultimately be funded. It is therefore important for peer review committee members to focus their discussions on the most competitive applications to ensure an accurate comparative evaluation. To help support this goal, a streamlining process is used to remove applications that will not be funded from the discussion process, thereby allowing committee members more time to judge and discriminate between potentially successful applications.

A total of 928 applications, representing 46.1% of all submitted applications, were streamlined in this competition. Additional details are provided in the tables below.

Province Number of applications submitted Number of applications streamlined Percent of applications streamlined Change from historical (% streamlined) Number of applications discussed Percent of applications discussed Change from historical (% discussed)
British Columbia 247 107 43.3% +6.2pp 140 56.7% -6.2pp
Alberta 199 92 46.2% +4.5pp 107 53.8% -4.5pp
Saskatchewan 36 25 69.4% +14.3pp 11 30.6% -14.3pp
Manitoba 52 29 55.8% +9.3pp 23 44.2% -9.3pp
Ontario 885 401 45.3% +7.4pp 484 54.7% -7.4pp
Québec 557 256 46.0% +6.9pp 301 54.0% -6.9pp
New Brunswick 2 2 100.0% +54.3pp 0 0.0% -54.3pp
Nova Scotia 29 11 37.9% -4.3pp 18 62.1% +4.3pp
Newfoundland and Labrador 7 5 71.4% +20.3pp 2 28.6% -20.3pp
Total 2014 929 46.1% +6.9pp 1086 53.9% -6.9pp
Application Breakdown Number of applications submitted Number of applications streamlined Percent of applications streamlined Change from historical (% streamlined) Number of applications discussed Percent of applications discussed Change from historical (% discussed)
Early career researchers (ECRs) 525 262 49.9% +7.9pp 263 50.1% -7.9pp
Mid-career researchers 726 344 47.4% +9.5pp 382 52.6% -9.5pp
Senior researchers 758 318 42.0% +3.2pp 440 58.0% -3.2pp
Knowledge Users 4 3 75.0% +27.1pp 1 25.0% -27.1pp
Unknown career stage 1 1 100.0% +42.9pp 0 0.0% -42.9pp
Integrated KT 382 183 47.9% +9.8pp 199 52.1% -9.8pp
Researchers who identify as female 712 328 46.1% +8.0pp 384 53.9% -8.0pp
Indigenous Health 18 2 11.1% +5.2pp 16 88.9% -5.2pp
Submitted in French 24 14 58.3% +24.7pp 10 41.7% -24.7pp
Biomedical 1237 567 45.8% +2.9pp 670 54.2% -2.9pp
Clinical 424 203 47.9% +11.4pp 221 52.1% -11.4pp
Health systems/services 174 77 44.3% +5.3pp 97 55.7% -5.3pp
Social/Cultural/Environmental/Population Health 172 76 44.2% +6.8pp 96 55.8% -6.8pp

Geographic breakdown

Province Number of applications submitted Percent of total applications submitted Change from historical (% applications) Number of applications funded Percent of applications funded Change from historical (% funded) Province-specific success rate* Average grant amount Median grant amount
British Columbia 247 12.3% +1.5pp 58 13.9% +2.0pp 23.5% $745,592 $721,012
Alberta 199 9.9% +0.0pp 39 9.4% -0.6pp 19.6% $826,205 $860,625
Saskatchewan 36 1.8% +0.3pp 3 0.7% -0.3pp 8.3% $1,215,075 $1,399,950
Manitoba 52 2.6% -0.2pp 9 2.2% -1.0pp 17.3% $854,562 $609,835
Ontario 885 43.9% -4.1pp 172 41.2% -5.7pp 19.4% $794,852 $749,987
Québec 557 27.7% +3.8pp 125 30.0% +6.0pp 22.4% $758,462 $780,300
New Brunswick 2 0.1% -0.1pp 0 0.0% -0.1pp 0% $0 $0
Nova Scotia 29 1.4% -0.7pp 10 2.4% +0.2pp 34.5% $597,082 $527,850
Newfoundland and Labrador 7 0.3% -0.4pp 1 0.2% -0.4pp 14.3% $445,612 $445,612
Total 2014 100.0% 0.0pp 417 100.0% 0.0pp 20.7% $778,756 $765,000
*The success rate does not include priority announcements or bridge grants.

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 Change from historical (% application) Number of applications funded Percent of applications funded Change from historical (% funded) Category-specific success rate* Average grant amount Median grant amount
Early career researchers (ECRs) 525 26.1% +0.6pp 108 25.9% -0.9pp 20.6% $671,919 $680,850
Mid-career investigators 726 36.0% -8.3pp 132 31.7% -12.9pp 18.2% $764,565 $703,800
Senior investigators 758 37.6% +7.6pp 177 42.4% +14.2pp 23.4% $854,528 $841,500
Knowledge Users 4 0.2% +0.0pp 0 0.0% -0.3pp 0.0% $0 $0
Unknown career stage 1 0.0% +0.0pp 0 0.0% -0.1pp 0.0% $0 $0
Integrated KT 382 19.0% -14.4pp 71 17.0% -18.5pp 18.6% $742,075 $604,350
Investigators who identify as female 712 35.4% -6.7pp 148 35.5% -8.5pp 20.8% $735,870 $692,898
Indigenous Health 18 0.9% -0.6pp 13 3.1% -1.7pp 72.2% $1,137,937 $1,155,150
Submitted in French 24 1.2% -0.5pp 4 1.0% -0.4pp 16.7% $632,043 $661,648
Biomedical 1237 61.4% +28.1pp 256 61.4%

+31.3pp

20.7% $840,413 $851,062
Clinical 424 21.1% -12.5pp 79 18.9% -16.0pp 18.6% $729,696 $581,400
Health systems/services 174 8.6% -9.8pp 42 10.1% -8.5pp 24.1% $540,387 $546,975
Social / Cultural / Environmental / Population Health 172 8.5% -5.9pp 40 9.6% -6.5pp 23.3% $731,331 $560,362
*The success rate does not include priority announcements or bridge grants.
Foundation grant holders

Foundation grant holders

This is the second Project Competition that could be applied to by Foundation Grant holders, specifically grant holders from the 2014 Foundation Grant competition. There were 75 applications from Foundation Grant holders coming from 61 unique applicants. There were 31 funded grants awarded to 29 unique Foundation Grant holders.

Panel Number of unique Foundation Grant holders awarded grants
BMA 1
BMB 1
BME 1
BSA 1
BSC 1
CA2 2
CBB 2
CIB 2
CSC 1
CT2 3
DOL 2
GMX 4
IT 2
MCC 1
MOV 1
NSA 2
NSB 2
NUT 1
SDA 1
Total 31
Foundation grant holder application pressure

Foundation grant holder application pressure

Figure A: Proportion of applications

Figure A: Long description
PRC Proportion of Foundation applications (%) Number of Foundation applications
CSA 13 3
DOL 12.5 5
GMX 12.1 4
CT2 11.8 4
IT 10.3 4
CA2 9.8 4
CSC 9.1 3
CPT 8.6 3
SDA 8.3 1
CIB 8 2
G 7.7 3
NSB 7.5 4
CBT 7.5 3
NSA 6.8 4
CBB 6.7 3
NUT 6.5 2
MCC 6.1 2
MOV 5.1 2
RS 4.9 2
CBC 4.8 1
BMB 4.2 1
MID 4.2 2
BMA 3.7 1
CB1 3.7 1
BSA 3.2 1
VVP 3.1 1
BSC 2.9 1
RC2 2.7 1
RC1 2.5 1
BCA 2.2 1
CID 2.1 1
CIA 2.1 1
MPI 2 1
BME 1.9 1
PH2 1.9 1
BS2 0 0
BSB 0 0
C2 0 0
CB2 0 0
CHI 0 0
CIC 0 0
CMZ 0 0
CSB 0 0
DEV 0 0
GSH 0 0
HDK 0 0
HPM 0 0
HS1 0 0
HS2 0 0
HS3 0 0
IHR 0 0
KTR 0 0
PB1 0 0
PH1 0 0
PS 0 0
PT 0 0
TIR 0 0

Figure B: Proportion of fully funded grants

Figure B: Long description
PRC Proportion of fully funded Foundation grants (%) Number of fully funded Foundation grants
CSA 0 0
DOL 20 2
GMX 50 4
CT2 50 3
IT 28.6 2
CA2 22.2 2
CSC 14.3 1
CPT 0 0
SDA 33.3 1
CIB 33.3 2
G 0 0
NSB 18.2 2
CBT 0 0
NSA 16.7 2
CBB 25 2
NUT 14.3 1
MCC 14.3 1
MOV 12.5 1
RS 0 0
CBC 0 0
BMB 20 1
MID 0 0
BMA 16.7 1
CB1 0 0
BSA 14.3 1
VVP 0 0
BSC 14.3 1
RC2 0 0
RC1 0 0
BCA 0 0
CID 0 0
CIA 0 0
MPI 0 0
BME 10 1
PH2 0 0
BS2 0 0
BSB 0 0
C2 0 0
CB2 0 0
CHI 0 0
CIC 0 0
CMZ 0 0
CSB 0 0
DEV 0 0
GSH 0 0
HDK 0 0
HPM 0 0
HS1 0 0
HS2 0 0
HS3 0 0
IHR 0 0
KTR 0 0
PB1 0 0
PH1 0 0
PS 0 0
PT 0 0
TIR 0 0

Large grants awarded

Large grants are defined as being in the top 2% of total requested grant value within a competition. In this competition, the cutoff for large grants was $2,110,000. A total of 40 applications fell into this category. A budget of $16.25M was available to fund those applications that are not from the Indigenous Health Research (IHR) panel. Large grants from the IHR panel are funded by IHR funds.

Category Number of applications Percent of total applications submitted Number of applications funded Percent of applications funded Success rate* Average grant amount Maximum grant amount
All large grants 40 2.0% 9 2.2% 22.5% $2,424,193 $5,139,803
Non-IHR large grants 35 1.7% 6 1.5% 17.1% $2,650,396 $5,139,803
*The success rate does not include priority announcements or bridge grants.

Equalization

In order to ensure equal representation of certain demographics in the funded projects, we equalize the success rates for these groups. That means that the proportion of funded grants awarded to these groups is at least equal to the proportion of applications from these groups.

Early Career Researchers

The success rate for early career researchers (ECRs) is 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.

The total number of fully funded projects for applicants in this career stage went from 85 (before equalization) to 108 (after equalization).

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, 13 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.

French applications

The success rate for applications submitted in French is equalized. This means that the proportion of French applications funded will not be less than the proportion of French applications to the competition. This equalization is for the competition as a whole, not by committee.

The total number of fully funded projects for applications in French went from 0 (before equalization) to 4 (after equalization).

Female applicants

The success rate for female applicants is equalized. This means that the proportion of female applicants funded will not be less than the proportion of female applicants to the competition. This equalization is for the competition as a whole, not by committee.

Female applicants did not require equalization in this competition so no direct action was taken to improve their success rate.

Bridge Grants and Priority Announcements

In addition to the 417 fully funded grants there was also 1 Bridge Grant totaling $100,000. There were 105 Priority Announcement grants funded for a total of $12,292,500 as well as 13 supplemental prizes for a total of $400,000.

Budget Size and Project Length

Category Average total budget Change from historical (total budget) Average duration (years) Change from historical (duration) Average annual amount Change from historical (annual amount)
All Requests $978,545 +$9,624 4.32 +0.34 $222,058 -$15,906
Funded applications (requested) $1,048,333 +$7,245 4.45 +0.38 $232,352 -$15,889
Funded applications (awarded) $779,781 +$10,367 4.45 +0.4 $173,296 -$11,099

Peer Review

Details about the Project Grant: Fall 2021 peer review participants will be posted separately in the coming months.

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