CIHR Project Grants

The  Project Grant program seeks to identify and invest in research ideas that have the greatest potential to increase health-related fundamentals or applied health knowledge.

CIHR has launched the  Spring 2024 Funding Opportunity Details on ResearchNet.


Starting with the Spring 2024 Project Grant competition, the following attachments will no longer be accepted and if included, will be removed from the application:

  • Questionnaires, surveys, and consent forms
  • Supplementary tables, charts, figures, and photographs
  • Patient Information Sheets (for Randomized Controlled Trial applications)
  • Publications

Some attachments will continue to be mandatory, such as certificates of completion for sex- and gender-based analysis training modules and letters of community support from Indigenous partners as applicable.

Others will be optional, such as letters of collaboration that outline a specific service that will be provided such as access to equipment, provision of specific reagents, training in a specialized technique, statistical analysis, access to a patient population, etc., and additional CV information to account for any leaves, absences, illnesses, caregiving roles, etc.

Effective May 1, all researchers must adhere to the Government of Canada and Tri-Agency research security requirements when applying to CIHR including the Policy on Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern (STRAC Policy) and the National Security Guidelines on Research Partnership (NSGRP). More information on research security requirements, including support available at UBC can be found here.

All applications to the CIHR Project Grant competition must be electronically submitted via ResearchNet. Please follow CIHR’s application procedures described in the “How to Apply” section of the funding opportunity.

All applications to the CIHR Project Grant competition must be electronically submitted via ResearchNet. Please follow CIHR’s application procedures described in the “How to Apply” section of the funding opportunity.

In order to obtain institutional endorsement, applicants must 1) submit their completed application in the CIHR web portal (ResearchNet) and 2) send an RPIF that is filled out and signed by the PI, Head of Department and Dean (or designates) to:

As of May 15, 2018, all CIHR application participants (Nominated Principal Applicant, Principal Knowledge User, Knowledge User, Principal Applicant, Program Leader, Project Leader, Co-Applicant, Project Expert, Primary Supervisor, Program Expert, Supervisor) must complete the new Equity and Diversity Questionnaire before the eSubmission deadline.  Applicants listed as “Collaborators” are not required to complete the questionnaire.


  • UBCO RPIF Deadline: UBC Okanagan Internal RPIF Deadlines are five full business days before the sponsor deadline for all CIHR applications.
  • UBCO e-submission Deadline: UBC Okanagan Internal Application Submission Deadlines are two full business days before the sponsor deadline for all CIHR applications. Thus, your Final application should be submitted via the ResearchNet Portal on Typically 2 days before of the Sponsor Deadline.


CIHR Spring 2024

Registration Deadline: February 7, 2024

UBCO RPIF Deadline: February 28, 2024, 12:00 p.m. PT

UBCO e-submission Deadline: March 4, 2024, 12:00 pm PT

Sponsor’s Deadline: March 6, 2024


While ORS makes every effort to submit all applications on time, applications submitted after the UBC internal deadline will not receive a guarantee of administrative review from ORS, which includes confirmation for application completeness and compliance. As ORS must forward each application to CIHR after the applicant’s final submission, we cannot guarantee that applications submitted after noon on the sponsor deadline day will be forwarded. 

  1. You cannot submit more than two Project Grant applications per competition as a Nominated Principal Applicant. If you do, CIHR will automatically withdraw the last application submitted based on the time-stamp of submission.
  2. The application must be prepare using ResearchNet. Adhere to the acceptable application formats and attachmentsguidelines. 3. In order to successfully complete an application, applicants are also required to include the relevant CV information by completing either the Biosketchthrough the Canadian Common CV (CCV) or the Applicant Profile CV. The Applicant Profile CV can only be used by knowledge users, non-academics, Indigenous organizations, and international applicants, as appropriate and applicable. Canadian academics must continue to provide a Biosketch CV. Failure to provide the correct CV format for a given role/participant type may negatively impact the evaluation of the application.4. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA), all other applicants and project participants are no longer required to sign the application. By submitting the ResearchNet application to ORS, they are agreeing to abide by CIHR’s “Meaning of signatures” detailed in the Grants and Awards Guide.
  • STRAC Attestation Forms will be required when submitting to CIHR grant programs (Project, Team, and Operating grants); excluding those solely for knowledge mobilization or individual awards.
  • As of May 1, 2024, STRAC Attestation Forms are not needed for applications to the Institute Community Support program, Café Scientifique, travel grants, Planning & Dissemination grants, Capacity Building Workshops, Knowledge Synthesis grants, or Prizes.
  • The NSGRP Risk Assessment Form will be applied to Project Grant Program, starting with the Fall 2024 competition.
  • For CIHR named roles include: Nominated Principal Applicant, Principal Applicants, Co-Applicants, Principal Knowledge Users, and Knowledge Users.
  • Named Roles do not include Collaborators when applying to CIHR Programs.
  • For details on specific funding opportunities, please visit CIHR’s ResearchNet and application portal.

Additional information on research security requirements can be found here.

In order to obtain institutional endorsement, applicants must send an RPIF that is filled out and signed by the PI, Head of Department and Dean (or designate), along with a draft of the application to

Use the Research Project Information Form (RPIF) to obtain the required internal signatures, as per UBC’s Signature Policy:

  • UBC Applicant (Principal Investigator)
  • Department Head or Director of School or Institute (typically 5 days prior to ORS internal deadline)
  • Dean or designate


A co-applicant signature page, signed by the relevant Department /Unit Head/Dean is required when the co-applicant is from a different UBC Department/School than the applicant. Please use the UBC Internal Co-Applicant signature page, which can be found on the UBCO ORS forms page.

External authorized institution signature is required for co-applicants outside of UBC. Please use the ORS external co-applicant signature page.

If you are a co-applicant on a grant application initiated by a PI at another institution, you must still submit a copy of the application with required UBC signatures for ORS review and approval.

Following notification of Institutional Approval from the Office of Research Services via email:

  • Submit your full application online by the above-stated Applicant’s internal e-Submission Deadline. To do this, the applicant must complete and link all forms and CV type specific for each participant as described in the CIHR instructions. “Preview” all components to ensure all application tasks are complete, including the Consent. Then click “submit” your application to ORS for online approval.
  • Note that ORS cannot view or approve your application until you have submitted it online. If all requirements are met, ORS will approve your application in ResearchNet by the Sponsor deadline. ORS has read-only access to your application and cannot make changes. If the application is not approved, ORS will return it to you for changes.
  • You will receive an email from ResearchNet confirming that CIHR has received your application. No changes can be made to your application once it has been submitted to CIHR.

CIHR will not follow up with PIs who submit an incomplete application; the application is simply withdrawn from the competition. For more information, review the CIHR Policy on Complete Applications.

For more information, see CIHR’s

For all inquiries, please contact:

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

For service hours, please consult our Contact us page.

Note:  The Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation has the discretion to reject grant applications that have not been submitted through the proper channels if the applicant has a history of non-compliance or the application has included unauthorized commitments.