Notice of Upcoming Funding Opportunity: Avian Influenza One Health Research

This funding opportunity is now available on ResearchNet. Application deadline July 11, 2024


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the Avian Influenza One Health Research Funding Opportunity.

This funding opportunity is led by the CIHR Centre for Research on Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies (CRPPHE) in partnership with the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity (III), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and Michael Smith Health Research BC (Health Research BC).


The purpose of this funding opportunity is to catalyze research that integrates One Health approaches to better prevent, prepare for, and respond to current and future outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N1) and avian influenza viruses with pandemic potential A(H5Nx). In alignment with the concept of One Health endorsed by the Quadripartite Organizations' One Health Joint Plan of Action, this funding opportunity will support research activities at the interface of human, animal (including domestic and wildlife), and environmental systems, that emphasizes incorporation of diverse perspectives and holistic approaches including Indigenous ways of knowing, and bridges disciplines to create new knowledge systems / frameworks / conceptual understandings (i.e., transdisciplinary research). Research projects supported through this funding opportunity will directly address knowledge gaps and research needs that have been identified through a robust research prioritization process led by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The full results of this research prioritization will be available by the time of the Funding Opportunity launch.

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

For applications involving Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit, and/or Métis), the team must include at least one applicant who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) and/or demonstrates a track record of meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples.

Research Areas

This funding opportunity will support research projects taking One Health approaches across five research areas:

Please note that further refinement to the above list will be made available in the coming days as the PHAC prioritization process is finalized. Applicants proposing projects focused on animal and/or environmental health sectors must include a human health component in their project and demonstrate the impacts on human health. Research focused exclusively on animal and/or environmental health with no link to human health are not eligible.

Partner Linkage Tool

CIHR is providing a Partner Linkage Tool that is intended to facilitate connections between extramural researchers, clinical and public health practitioners, intramural research partners (such as scientists and decision-makers in government departments), and community organizations who involve or represent people with lived and living experience (such as communities and populations directly impacted by avian influenza including Indigenous communities, agricultural producers and agricultural workers, hunters, and other populations with a higher risk of exposure to the virus), to create, where appropriate, opportunities for collaboration, and knowledge mobilization related to the scope of this initiative. This is not a mandatory tool. Information is provided on a volunteer basis and does not confer any advantages in the evaluation and funding of applications. The table will be updated weekly until the application deadline. If you would like to use this tool, please complete a short survey. The information you provide will appear on CIHR's website. Please note that potential applicants are not required to use the linkage tool or contact those who have submitted their information.

Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is anticipated to be $1,650,000, enough to fund approximately 11 grants. The maximum amount per grant is anticipated to be $150,000 per year for a total of 1 year. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate.

Anticipated Timelines

These timelines are estimates and subject to change.

Launch: May/June 2024
Application Deadline: June/July 2024
Funding Start Date: September 2024

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.

Peer Review Recruitment

Recruitment for peer reviewers will begin immediately, and international reviewers are welcomed. If you are interested and available to volunteer as a peer reviewer, please reach out to CIHR at

Contact information

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Disclaimer: 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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