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CIHR Project Grants - Fall 2017

  • CIHR Project Grant: Fall 2017 Competition Launch and Webinars. As announced on July 10 by Dr. Rod McInnes, Acting President, changes have been made as a first step to improving the Project Grant competition. Read the full message. To support this funding opportunity, CIHR will be holding a series of Question and Answer webinars on the Project Grant: Fall 2017 application. Webinars will start on Thursday, July 20 and will provide participants with a brief overview of recent changes and an opportunity to ask questions. For more information and to register, please visit the CIHR Webinars page. Please note that the guidelines in ResearchNet are for both the Fall 2017 and the Spring 2018 competitions.
    • Registration period: July 11 to August 15, 2017
    • Application period: August 16 to September 15, 2017 (funding start date: April 2018)
  • CIHR Announcement: Delay of next Project Grant Competition (May 5, 2017). The Project Grant Competition registration that was to close on May 30, 2017 will be delayed until August 15, 2017, with an application deadline of September 15, 2017. To mitigate the impact of this delay on the research community, CIHR will financially extend all existing Open Operating and Project Grants scheduled to expire between September 30, 2017 and March 30, 2018 until March 31, 2018. Subsequent competition dates will be determined through the above-mentioned consultation process. Read the full announcement.

CIHR Foundation Grants - 2017-2018 Competition

  • The Acting President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Dr. Roderick McInnes, has announced an update to its Foundation Grant program.  Of note the following changes have been made to the program effective with the 2017-18 competition:
    • The total funding envelope for the Foundation Grant program will be reduced from $200M to $125M, with the $75M reduction will be redirected to the Project Grant program.
    • Early career investigators (ECIs) will not be eligible to apply to the Foundation Grant program; starting with the 2017-18 competition, but CIHR will ensure that the success rate of ECIs is equalized in the Project Grant program.  Any ECIs who have already submitted a registration to the current 2017-18 competition will have their registrations withdrawn.
  • CIHR Foundation Grant Program: 2017-2018 Competition. CIHR has officially announced the timelines for the next Foundation Grant Program (2017-2018). Compete details are now available in ResearchNet.
    • Registration deadline: August 8, 2017
    • Stage 1 application deadline: September 12, 2017


CIHR Updates and News Archives​​

PLEASE NOTE: Our office requires a minimum of 24 hours to review and approve applications in MRA (My Research Applications)

On Campus


IMPORTANT: Faculty are strongly encouraged to submit their CIHR applications for both editorial and scientific review. The combination of sciencific review and editorial review is the most effective way to increase the probability of funding success.

FMRO provides editorial reviews free of charge for St. George campus-based researchers, please contact the editors as soon as possible. Click here for details.

The Departments with web-based information on their scientific review process are:

Department of Physiology
Department of Physical Therapy (Vice Chair Research, Dr. Susan Jaglal, reviews all grants submitted by junior faculty.)

Researchers in other Departments should contact their own Department for assistance.

My Research Applications (MRA). Applicants MUST have submitted their application information online via the My Research Applications portal. This is an online submission process to obtain institutional approval on research applications. Please note that you will be required to upload a copy of the application to this online submission. Please complete this step as early as possible and at least several days ahead of the deadline to insure all approvals are obtained on time. Please visit the OVPRI's MRA webpage for complete information an this process

Please note there are still two elements to a research application at the University of Toronto: your proposal to the sponsor, and University approval to apply. MRA facilitates University approval to apply, replacing the RIS Application Attachment form (aka Blue form). MRA does not replace the need to submit your final proposal to the sponsor. 

Dean's Letter of Support for Career Awards

Clinician Scientist Training AwardClinician Scientist Salary Award, and New Investigator Salary Award applications require letters of support from the Dean of Faculty, as well as documentation from the Chair of the applicant's University Department.

Where required, the Letter of the Dean will be provided through the Faculty of Medicine Research Office. Please contact Daniel Harney or 416-978-3488 at least 10 working days in advance of the agency deadline.

Off Campus

Principal investigators located at hospitals must consult with the hospital research office at the administrative site of a grant. For further information on applications that must be administered through the University please contact Cindy Faber, tel: 416-978-5834 

Dean's Letter of Support for Career Awards

Clinician Scientist Training Award, Clinician Scientist Salary Award, and New Investigator Salary Award  applications being submitted through hospital research institutes should contact their institution's hospital research office for guidance, as the Letter from the Dean will be provided by the hospital's Vice President, Research.



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