CIHR Project: Grant Program

The CIHR Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes.

  • This program supports projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint. Project Grants support new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches.
  • For information on the latest program updates and funding opportunity details, consult the Project Grant homepage.
  • To access to the Reference and Learning Materials related to the registration, application and peer review process, consult the Resources webpage.

Resources by Submission Type

New Submissions

- Request a SPARC Project Bootcamp to familiarize yourself with the competition process, application requirements and SPARC’s online resources and support programs. Listen to SPARC's Podcast for a quick overview of the Project Grant compeititon.

- SPARC Internal (Peer) Review aims to increase the competitiveness of UBC submissions by providing peer feedback to applicants. Participants will have the opportunity to apply the adjudication criteria, discuss their feedback and share best practices with peers.

- SPARC (Editorial) Reviews are performed by experienced grant writers to increase the overall competitiveness of a proposal by ensuring that the adjudication criteria are clearly addressed, improve the layout and readability of the proposal, and strengthen impact statements to increase the ‘compellingness’ of the proposal.

Resubmissions

- Participate in SPARC’s Response to Reviews to maximize the impact of your 2-page rebuttal letter and to highlight key improvements in your revised grant proposal. Using SPARC's best practice guidelines, registered participants will receive a 1-page draft document that seeks to address key concerns from the CIHR reviewer comments.

- SPARC (Editorial) Reviews are performed by experienced grant writers to increase the overall competitiveness of a proposal by ensuring that the adjudication criteria are clearly addressed, improve the layout and readability of the proposal, and strengthen impact statements to increase the ‘compellingness’ of the proposal.

 

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SPARC Support Services and Resources

Contact: Stephane Dragon (604-822-4318)

Program Outreach
Information Sessions
  • SPARC organizes general Program Information Sessions to notify potential applicants of upcoming funding opportunities, specific application and adjudication requirements, and to increase awareness of support services available to prospective applicants.
  • See the sidebar for upcoming sessions. Presentations from past sessions are available in our CWL-protected resources
Newsletter
Individual & Unit Consultation
  • Want to discuss whether this funding program is right for you, contact SPARC to schedule an Individual or Unit consultation session.
Project & Proposal Development
Strategic Grant Workshops
  • See the sidebar for upcoming sessions. Workshops and presentation materials from past sessions are available in our CWL-protected resources
CWL-protected Resources

Our project-specific resources include:

  • Guidelines, Tips & Templates: See link to access supporting application materials to assist you in drafting a competitive research proposal
  • Sample Grant Library: See link to sample recent grant applications that were generously shared by successful UBC researchers.
  • Workshop & Presentation Materials
One-on-One Consultation
  • Contact us to schedule a consultation session
Proposal Feedback
Internal (Peer) Review
  • Peer-to-Peer/ Small Discussion Groups: This format enables face-to-face discussion of peer feedback for prearranged groups of applicants.
  • Large Panel Review: This format follows the traditional face-to-face panel review model where reviewers are assigned applications for review.
SPARC (Editorial) Review
  • Registration Review: SPARC offers editorial assistance to optimize the character/ space allocation, ensure clarity and avoid possible committee/ reviewer mismatches.
  • Full Review: Suggestions to strengthen the final draft of an application in order to improve the readability, flow and layout of the research proposal.

Internal (Peer) Review and SPARC Review are highly recommended for all applicants, and particularly for early career investigators and first time applicants.

Proposal Submission

Consult the Office of Research Services’ website for information on institutional submission deadlines and submission guidelines:

Questions?

Program Statistics

How are we doing? See the results of SPARC's Applicant Satisfaction Survey Report (May 2016)

How many Peer Review Committees exist? See listing of current Peer Review Committees and corresponding mandates

Who is reviewing Project Grants? See the Peer Review Committee membership lists from previous Project Grant competitions

What projects get funded? See listing of previously funded project grants or individual competition outcomes:


Contacts

Questions?

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