CIHR Strategic Grants

CIHR Strategic Grants identify a specific topic or health challenge for researchers to address.

  • Strategic grants are sometimes launched quickly in response to a national or international crisis, and other grants are planned years in advance through large multi-year initiatives.
  • Each month, multiple Strategic grants are launched through ResearchNet and award amounts range from a few thousand to millions of dollars.
  • Background information on Strategic grants is available here.
Funding opportunities

What Strategic grant competitions are currently open for applications? SPARC maintains a list of funding opportunities and competition pre-announcements (tagged with additional helpful information) - click here (CWL required)

CIHR Resources
  • ResearchNet, which lists all Strategic grant opportunities
  • Interpretation guidelines for the evaluation criteria in the peer review guideline (above); only applicable for operating, catalyst, team, and emerging team grant applications
SPARC Support Services and Resources

Contact: Tessa Cheng (604-822-1865)

Program Outreach

Kick off your Strategic grant development, writing, and/or revising process with the following SPARC supports:

Strategic grant workshops
  • Beyond CIHR Project and Foundation (November 1, 12-1:30 pm): Faculty members at all career stages are invited to an information session and discussion on SPARC-supported health research funding opportunities beyond CIHR Project and Foundation Grants. Topics covered will include other CIHR calls (e.g., Catalyst), health charities (e.g., Heart & Stroke Foundation), and international opportunities such as the US Department of Defense (DoD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Registration is currently closed for this event. This workshop will be held again in late 2017/early 2018.
Online Resources for Strategic Grants (CWL required)
Individual & Unit Consultation
  • Contact Tessa Cheng to strategize or discuss your grant
Proposal Review

SPARC offers editorial assistance to strengthen the final draft of an application in order to improve the readability, flow and layout of the research proposal:

  • Full review: SPARC provides editorial review of the full proposal
  • Module review: SPARC review of an application section (e.g., budget justification) or sub-section of the proposal (e.g., knowledge translation plan)

We are currently developing a model for offering regular internal review sessions to provide scientific feedback on proposals. Please contact Tessa Cheng if you have any ideas or input on what this could look like.