Funder’s website

The funder’s website can be found HERE.

Funding Value and Duration

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $1,000,000, enough to fund approximately 10 grants. The maximum amount per grant is $100,000 per year for up to one year.


The overall goal of the Catalyst Grant is to strengthen the current landscape of STBBI research in Canada, and to build capacity and spur innovation in this field, with a specific focus on STBBI of public health relevance beyond the fields of HIV and hepatitis C and in alignment with the CIHR HIV/AIDS and STBBI Strategic Plan 2022-2027.

Research Areas

The CIHR HIV/AIDS and STBBI Research Initiatives defines STBBI as infections that are transmitted primarily through exchange of body fluids during sexual contact and/or through blood. This funding opportunity will support projects across all pillars of research (biomedical research; clinical research; health services research; and social, cultural, environmental, and population health research) with a primary focus on STBBI of public health relevance including, but not limited to:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV).

For any STBBI not listed above, applicants will be required to demonstrate the public health relevance of the health conditions being studied, and how it impacts the health of individuals nationally and globally.

Research projects focusing primarily on HIV or hepatitis C will not be eligible for funding. With respect to health conditions common in people living with HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C, the focus of the project must be on at least one of the STBBI listed above or a STBBI of demonstrated public health relevance.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider key populations1 disproportionately affected by STBBI in Canada within the framework of the proposed research.

Role and Contributions of Applicant Partners: CIHR recognizes that a broad range of partners may be relevant to this opportunity and it is expected that applicant(s) describe the role of all applicant partners and how/if they will contribute to research and research related activities. Any consideration of risk and/or conflict of interest should also be explained, as appropriate.

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

  • Enable STBBI researchers to generate preliminary observations, data or knowledge necessary to pursue longer-term research funding in STBBI research;
  • Support original, high quality STBBI projects and provide researchers the opportunity to pursue high risk health research questions which have the potential to generate novel, innovative and high impact results; and
  • Stimulate innovation in STBBI research by promoting cross-disciplinary research collaborations between STBBI researchers and experts in other relevant fields in Canada.

Eligibility Criteria

For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be:
      1. an independent researcher or a knowledge user affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution and/or its affiliated institutions (including hospitals, research institutes and other non-profit organizations with a mandate for health research and/or knowledge translation) at the time of funding.
        • Applicants applying as Early Career Researchers (ECRs) must meet CIHR’s requirements of being an Early Career Researcher.
        • if the Nominated Principal Applicant is a knowledge user, there must be at least one Principal Applicant who is an independent researcher


      2. an individual affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate.OR
      3. an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate.
    1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.
    2. The Institution Paid must be authorized to administer CIHR funds before the funds can be released (see Administration of Funds).
    3. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and have submitted a Certificate of Completion (see How to Apply section).
    4. For any research applications involving First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or urban Indigenous populations, the research team must include at least one knowledge user who self-identifies as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis and/or who can demonstrate their experience of meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples in an Indigenous Health Research environment and must submit an “Other” attachment describing their experience working in an Indigenous Health Research environment (see How to Apply section for more details).

Internal Contacts

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss this funding opportunity with their Faculty Research Facilitator.


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Deadline (Approval Form and Application) May 9, 2023
Submission to Sponsor May 16, 2023

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. To navigate to the funder’s website, click HERE