Collaborative Health Research Projects

Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) is a joint initiative between NSERC and CIHR that supports focussed, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects involving any field of the natural sciences or engineering and any field of the health sciences. 

In the context of improved health for Canadians, the CHRP objectives are to:

  • Translate research results to knowledge/technology users and other stakeholders;
  • Encourage the natural sciences or engineering and health research communities to collaborate and integrate their expertise;
  • Advance interdisciplinary research leading to knowledge and technologies;
  • Benefit Canada by improving the Canadian healthcare system and/or services;
  • Lead to economic opportunities in Canada (where appropriate); and
  • Provide training opportunities in collaborative and interdisciplinary research of relevance to health, while preparing HQP for employment opportunities in the private, public or not for profit sectors.

The CHRP competition generally has a Phase 1: Letter of Intent deadline in the spring and a Phase 2: Full Application deadline (by invitation) in the fall.

**Please note there are updates to the 2017 competition. SPARC has a document available through our CWL-protected CHRP resources outlining these changes.

External Resources

2017 CHRP timeline
Phase 1 - LOI due: June 6, 2017
Anticipated Notice of Decision: September 15, 2017
Phase 2 - Full Application due: November 1, 2017
Anticipated Notice of Decision: March 29, 2018

2017 Funding Opportunity 
CHRP Evaluation Criteria (Download)

Phase 1: LOI

Phase 2: Full Application

SPARC Support Services and Resources


  • If you would like to discuss whether this funding program is right for you or would like assistance in putting together a strong application, please contact SPARC to schedule a consultation session


Our CHRP-specific resources include:

  • Outline of updates (Summary of Change) from 2016 to 2017 competition 
  • Sample Grant Library: Recent successful grant applications generously shared by UBC researchers
  • Workshop & Presentation Material


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