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.
  • To access to the Reference and Learning Materials related to the registration, application and peer review process, consult CIHR's Resources webpage.

Resources by Submission Type

New Submissions

- Schedule a SPARC Project Grant Bootcamp to familiarize yourself with the competition process, application requirements and SPARC’s online resources and support programs.

- Consult SPARC’s online resources which includes sample grants, templates and guideline documents (CWL required; scroll to "CIHR Project Grants > Guidelines, Tips and Templates").

- 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.

- Take advantage of SPARC’s Sex and Gender resources and 1:1 consultation services to familiarize yourself with CIHR’s Peer Reviewer guidelines and to discuss sex and gender considerations relevant to the study design and/ or peer reviewer feedback.

- SPARC (Editorial) Reviews are performed by experienced grant writers to increase the competitiveness of UBC submissions by providing expert feedback on the readability and reviewability of draft proposals. Registration Review seeks to improve the committee and reviewer matches by optimizing the space allocation. Proposal Review provides feedback on the completeness, layout and clarity of the research proposal.

Resubmissions

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

- Take advantage of SPARC’s Sex and Gender resources and 1:1 consultation services to familiarize yourself with CIHR’s Peer Reviewer guidelines and to discuss sex and gender considerations relevant to the study design and/ or peer reviewer feedback.

- SPARC (Editorial) Reviews are performed by experienced grant writers to increase the competitiveness of UBC submissions by providing expert feedback on the readability and reviewability of draft proposals. Registration Review seeks to improve the committee and reviewer matches by optimizing the space allocation. Proposal Review provides feedback on the completeness, layout and clarity of the research 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/ In-Person Discussion Groups: This format enables in-person discussion of peer feedback for prearranged groups of applicants.
  • Internal Review Training Program: This program is designed to leverage the scientific expertise of PDFs and supplement the applicant discussion groups with feedback from subject matter experts
  • 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.
  • Proposal Review: Suggestions to strengthen the final draft of an application in order to improve the readability and reviewability/ flow and layout of the research proposal.

Internal Review and SPARC Review are highly recommended for all applicants, and particularly for early career investigators and first time applicants to CIHR's Project Grant program.

Proposal Submission

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

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 by individual competition outcomes:


Contacts

Questions?

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