The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental or applied health-related knowledge, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes by supporting projects or programs of research proposed and conducted by individual researchers or groups of researchers in all areas of health. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches.

Research Areas

The Project Grant program is open to applicants in all areas of health research that are aligned with the CIHR mandate: “To excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system”. The onus is on the applicant to clearly demonstrate the alignment of the application with CIHR’s mandate.

In addition, funding is available for specific research areas. See Funding Opportunities in Specific Research Areas below and refer to the Project Grants: Fall 2019 Priority Announcements (Specific Research Areas) for further details.


The Nominated Principal Applicant must be an independent researcher or a knowledge user. 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). If the Nominated Principal Applicant is a knowledge user, there must be at least one Principal Applicant who is an independent researcher. Principal Applicants must be independent researchers or knowledge users (inclusion of one or more Principal Applicants is optional). Co-Applicants can be one of the following (inclusion of one or more is optional): independent researchers; knowledge users; trainees; other.

An individual cannot submit more than two Project Grant applications per competition as a Nominated Principal Applicant. If the Nominated Principal Applicant submits more than two applications, CIHR will automatically withdraw the last application(s) submitted based on time-stamp of submission. Individuals who hold a Foundation Grant in the role of Program Leader and were originally funded as a mid-career or senior researcher are not eligible to apply to the Project Grant competition in the role of Nominated Principal Applicant or Principal Applicant. Foundation grantees originally funded as early career researchers (ECRs) are eligible to apply for Project Grants in the role of Nominated Principal Applicant or Principal Applicant.

For more information, please consult the eligibility criteria on the competition website.

Funding Available

CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to grants received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $100,000. This amount may increase if additional funding partners or internal collaborators decide to participate.
  • The maximum amount awarded for a single grant is $100,000 per annum for up to one (1) year.

Internal Contacts

For proposal development/substantive review, please contact your Research Facilitator.


Faculty Deadline Please contact your Research Facilitator
Registration Deadline February 5, 2020 8 P.M. EST
OVPRI Approval Form Deadline February 26, 2020
Submission to Sponsor March 4, 2020 8 P.M. EST

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
    For a user’s guide on submitting an Approval Form, click here.
  • Step 2) Submit an external application to the granting agency
    Submit an external application to the corresponding grant or award agency. For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines for this opportunity, click here.