The Foundation Grant program is designed to contribute to a sustainable foundation of new and established health research leaders, by providing long-term support for the pursuit of innovative and high-impact research programs.
The Foundation 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 Foundation Grant program is expected to:
- Support a broad base of health research leaders across all career stages, areas, and health-related disciplines including basic, biomedical research with a demonstrable track record of excellence and impact in their field of study;
- Develop and maintain Canadian capacity in health research and other related fields;
- Provide research leaders with the flexibility to pursue novel and innovative lines of inquiry;
- Contribute to the creation and application of health-related knowledge through a wide range of research and/or knowledge translation activities, including relevant collaborations.
- The combined total amount available for CIHR’s 2017-18 Investigator Initiated Research Programs (which will include the Project Grant: Spring 2017, Project Grant: Fall 2017, and Foundation Grant: 2017-18 competitions) is approximately $575M. The proportion of investment between the Project Grant and Foundation Grant programs is currently under review. All funding opportunities will be updated once the new funding allocation for each competition is determined.
- The number of grants funded will depend on the requested budgets and peer review recommendations.
- Foundation grant levels will be commensurate with need, which is expected to vary by research field, research approach, and scope of program activities.
- Mid Career/Senior Investigators will be awarded 7-year grants. New/Early Career Investigators will be awarded 5-year grants.
- For existing CIHR grantees, the budget request should be consistent with the applicant’s previous CIHR Open Funding history as a Nominated Principal Investigator. CIHR will provide a calculated baseline budget to all Stage 2 applicants. Stage 2 applicants must provide robust justification for requests that are significantly higher than their historical grant levels.
- A minimum of 15% of funded grants will be allocated to New/Early Career Investigators.
Registration deadline: August 8, 2017
Application deadline (Stage 1): September 9, 2017
Application deadline (Stage 2): February 6, 2018
Notice of decision (Stage 1): December 7, 2017
Notice of decision (Final): July 17, 2017
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