This funding opportunity is jointly supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Its aim is to promote the development of Canadian-Chinese scientific co-operation between universities, hospitals, research institutes and affiliated research organizations in Canada and China by supporting collaborative research teams working on implementation research projects in the field of mental health.


CIHR and NSFC will provide funding for projects relevant to the following criteria:


Canada-based applicants

For the Canadian component of the application to be considered eligible:

  1. The Principal Applicant must be an independent researcher.
  2. The Principal Applicant must be appointed at an eligible institution (See Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines) at the time of application.
  3. The team must include the engagement of at least one decision-maker and/or policy maker, who must be listed as either Principal Knowledge User, or Knowledge User.
  4. For teams in which research will be conducted in one or more LMIC other than China (as defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee), there must be at least one independent researcher (listed as a Principal Applicant, co-applicant) or knowledge user (listed as Principal Knowledge User or Knowledge User) based in each LMIC.
  5. For teams working with Canadian indigenous populations, there must be at least one team member listed as Principal Applicant, co-applicant, Principal Knowledge User or Knowledge User from a Canadian indigenous community.


  • Maximum amount: $215,000/year (Canada-based researchers)
  • Maximum duration: 5 years

Helpful Links


Full Application:
CURO Internal Deadline for Review Please contact your Research Facilitator.
cuResearch Checklist Deadline April 4, 2017
Full application submission to sponsor April 11, 2017

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.