CIHR and other funding agencies have invested heavily in the establishment of cohorts, databases, cohort catalogues, and data platforms. As a result, many high-quality data sets exist containing information on populations, health systems, patient information, and biospecimens. These data sets contain a wealth of information and have the potential to answer research questions that go beyond those for which the data were originally collected or for which the data has been used to date. There is also the potential to link diverse datasets, thus enabling explorations of novel associations and interactions between human, environmental, and clinical factors. Analyses using these existing resources are also a cost-effective way to provide high quality and timely evidence to improve patient outcomes and for population and public health decision making.

The intent of this funding opportunity is to highlight and encourage use for research of previously funded cohorts, administrative and survey data to inform improved patient, population and system outcomes. Examples of such data sources include but are not limited to:

This funding opportunity will support research that uses existing cohort data, administrative datasets, surveys, registries, cohort catalogues, and data platforms that link or allow access to datasets from multiple sources within three funding pools: cancer prevention and control; healthy cities intervention research; and reproductive, maternal, child, and youth health.


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher appointed at an eligible institution (see Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines) at the time of application.
  2. Only one application per Nominated Principal Applicant can be submitted to this competition
  3. The NPA must have obtained permission to access data from the data custodian. A letter or supporting document must be submitted as an “Other” attachment.2 See How to Apply for more details.
  4. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender- based analysis online training modules through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and submit a Certificate of Completion (see How to Apply section). Please select and complete the training module most applicable to your research project. For additional information on sex, gender and health research, applicants are encouraged to review the “How to integrate sex and gender in research” section on the CIHR website.
  5. For any research applications involving First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or urban Indigenous populations, the research team must include at least one applicant who must provide evidence of their experience working in an Indigenous Health Research environment which may include Indigenous living experience, addressing power imbalances and cultural safety3. Applicants must submit an “Other” attachment describing their experience working in an Indigenous Health Research environment. See How to Apply for more details.

For additional eligibility requirements for individuals, refer to the Individual Eligibility Requirements.

Funding Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $1,975,000, enough to fund approximately twenty-three (23) grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate.
  • Of this $1,975,000:
    • $1,000,000 is available to fund up to ten (10) one (1) year grants relevant to the Cancer Prevention and Control pool. The maximum amount per grant is up to $100,000 (up to a maximum of $25,000 may be directed towards biospecimen analysis).
    • $525,000 is available to fund up to seven (7) one (1) year grants relevant to the Healthy Cities Intervention Research pool. The maximum amount per grant is up to $75,000.
    • $450,000 is available to fund up to six (6) one (1) year grants relevant to the Reproductive, Maternal, Child, and Youth Health pool. The maximum amount per grant is  up to $75,000 (up to a maximum of $25,000 may be directed towards biospecimen analysis).

Useful Links

  • For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here.


Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Approval Form August 29, 2019
Submission to Sponsor September 5, 2019

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.