Notice of Upcoming Funding Opportunity: Moving Upstream: Structural Determinants of Health Catalyst Grants


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the Moving Upstream: Structural Determinants of Health - Catalyst Grants.

This funding opportunity will be led by CIHR - Institute of Population and Public Health, in partnership with the Institute of Aging, the Institute of Infection and Immunity, the Institute of Cancer Research, the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, the Institute of Gender and Health, the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health, the CIHR HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections Research Initiative, the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health, and the Canadian Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research.


Health inequities exist, persist, and are growing in Canada. Significant health inequities subsist between the general Canadian population and Indigenous Peoples, sexual and racial minorities, immigrants, people living with functional limitations, and those on a gradient of socioeconomic status.

Social determinants of health are conditions under which people are born, grow, live, love, work, and age, and include factors such as education, employment, social support networks, and gender. Structural determinants of health are defined as the larger societal, economic, ecological, and political contexts which shape these more proximal social determinants and, in turn, population health and well-being. These distinct concepts have historically been fused together, and structural determinants have been under-examined. An increased evidence base on these determinants is needed to inform future action.

This one-year funding opportunity will support interdisciplinary research to analyze, contextualize and/or evaluate how structural drivers (e.g., legislation and policies, governance structures, ecological and commercial determinants) can create, maintain, or exacerbate health (in)equity and population health across sub-groups, regions, contexts and settings. The desired outcome is to contribute to the evidence base in Canada on the structural drivers that improve, sustain, or deteriorate population health and health equity by bringing together health research with other disciplines.


This funding opportunity aims:

Research Areas

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

Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $4,000,000, enough to fund approximately 32 grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per grant is $125,000 per year for 1 year.

Anticipated Timelines

These timelines are estimates and subject to change.

The official CIHR funding opportunity will be posted on ResearchNet in the coming weeks.

For a full list of CIHR funding opportunities, please visit ResearchNet.

Contact Information

For general inquiries please contact:

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178


The information contained herein is anticipatory only and does not represent an official funding commitment by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Accordingly, the information, contained herein may differ from the official funding opportunity that will be published on ResearchNet.

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