The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. It supports projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches.


The Project Grant program is expected to:

  • Support a diverse portfolio of health-related research and knowledge translation projects at any stage, from discovery to application, including commercialization;
  • Contribute to the creation and use of health-related knowledge;
  • Promote relevant collaborations across disciplines, professions, and sectors.


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be an independent researcher or a knowledge user.
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have an academic or research appointment at an eligible institution if they are an independent researcher (See Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).
  3. If the Nominated Principal Applicant is a knowledge user, there must be at least one Principal Applicant who is an independent researcher.
  4. Principal Applicants must be an independent researcher or knowledge user (inclusion of one or more Principal Applicants is optional).
  5. Co-Applicants can be one of the following (inclusion of one or more Co-applicants is optional):
  6. While individuals can apply to Foundation Grant and Project Grant competitions during overlapping competitions, the same application cannot be submitted to both competitions, as per section 1-E of the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide. If the same application is found to have been submitted to overlapping Foundation Grant and Project Grant competitions, the applicant will be asked to withdraw one of his/her applications. CIHR will not consider inclusion of components of a proposal into a second proposal as the same application. Note: Individuals applying to both programs will not be allowed to change their role (Nominated Principal Applicant or Program Leader) on either application
  7. An individual cannot submit more than two Project Grant applications as a Nominated Principal Applicant per competition.
  8. Individuals who hold a Foundation Grant in the role of Program Leader are not eligible to apply to the Project Grant competition in the role of Principal Applicant.

Funding Available

CIHR’s financial contributions for the Project Grant program are subject to availability of funds.  The proportion of investment between the Project Grant and Foundation Grant programs is currently under review. All funding opportunities will be updated once the new funding allocation for each competition is determined.  Within the overall competition budget, there will be a specific funding envelope of $12.5M over the multi-year terms of the grant for large grants. Large grants are defined as those within the top 2% of total grant value within the competition and will therefore vary with each competition. Therefore individual grant applications requesting a total of $12.5M or more from CIHR will be withdrawn.

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* Please note that registration to CIHR is MANDATORY!

Registration/Full Application:
CURO Internal Deadline for Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Checklist Deadline
  • February 27, 2018 (Full Application)
Submission to sponsor
  • February 6, 2018 (Registration)
  • March 6, 2018 (Full Application)

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.