CIHR Operating Grants

Operating Grants support research by individuals and teams. 

CIHR Operating grants range from $100k to over $1 million with terms of 12 months to multiple years. Each Operating competition focuses on a different research area.

See Operating Grant Opportunities in ResearchNet

Application Process

All CIHR Operating Grant competitions use the PI submission process (note: this is different from the Institutional E-approval process used for CIHR Project Grant competitions).

Be sure to confirm the ORS deadlines and procedures relevant to your campus, as well as to your Faculty and/or Department/School, as necessary:

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Support & Resources

SPARC supports UBC faculty-led CIHR Operating Grant applications with consultations, resources and sample grants, and grant reviews. We encourage UBC faculty researchers – especially new-to-UBC faculty – to get in touch early to optimize the benefit of our services. 


SPARC provides 1 review per application. To optimize the benefits of grant review, please submit a well-developed draft, which enables SPARC to conduct a combined editorial and criteria review. Grant reviews provide feedback on draft materials to ensure that all criteria are fully addressed, as well as to strengthen logic, coherence and statements of impact. Reviews typically require ~2 business days; however total turn-around time may be longer, depending on the queue of grants. With sufficient capacity, SPARC will conduct a combined editorial and criteria review. During periods of high demand, SPARC may focus on criteria reviews to ensure that all NPAs requesting support receive feedback. All reviews are completed by the Friday prior to the agency deadline, to ensure applicants have time to consider SPARC’s feedback before finalizing their grant for submission.

  • Editorial Review: detailed edits and suggestions focused on content clarity and impact, flow and readability and organization/structure, and correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Criteria Review: suggestions to ensure adherence to evaluation criteria and formatting guidelines.
  • Note: SPARC does not edit references, verify budgets, edit or format CVs, or provide grant writing or manuscript review services. 


Individual consultations are available to all researchers and recommended for new faculty. They offer tailored advice to help applicants prepare their application. Common topics include aligning the proposal with program objectives, organizing the proposal to match the evaluation criteria and the importance of knowledge translation plans. Please contact Sharon Marsh to arrange a consult.

Application Review

Reviews are provided in advance of ORS and funding agency deadlines on a case-by-case basis with one review (of the version submitted) per application. Please contact Sharon Marsh to enquire about review capacity.

SPARC Resources & Sample Grants

Check out our application resources and sample grant library. CWL is required to view. 

CIHR Resources Sample Grant Library

External Resources

CIHR often schedules competition-specific webinars. Please check the CIHR webinar page (see both the ‘archived webinars’ and ‘upcoming webinars’ tabs) if you are interested in applying to a competition. If you have missed the webinar you can request the slides from the CIHR helpdesk.


Sharon Marsh
SPARC support
Health Research Development Officer

Dr. Kelly McNagny
Advocacy and advice
UBC's Health Research Advisor (CIHR)

CIHR Contact Centre
Program technical support


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