University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services

2018-2019 Foundation Grant Competition

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This website is meant to serve as a repository of websites and resources related to the 2018-2019 Foundation Grant Competition.


1. URS has updated it application help files for this competition. The help files (PDF, 1.9 MB) are focused on: i) the stage 2 application; ii) developing a strong training plan; and iii) the Foundation Scheme CCV

2. URS has set its Stage 2 application review deadline for January 23. Please see the review process section for more details.

3. CIHR is offering Q&A webinars about the Foundation Grant program. Registration is mandatory to participate. English webinars will be held on January 18 at 1:00 pm EDT and January 30 at 11:00 am EDT.

Important Dates 

The following table is a summary of key CIHR / Queen's deadlines. Please see the note on University Research Services' internal processes below.



TRAQ DSS Deadline - Hospital-based research
(Queen's internal process)
January 16, 2019
URS Application Review Deadline
(Queen's internal process)
January 23, 2019
TRAQ DSS Deadline - non-Hospital research
(Queen's internal Process)
January 30, 2019
Stage 2 Application Deadline February 6, 2019
(at NOON - Queen's internal deadline)
Anticipated Notice of Decision - Final Assessment Stage July 16, 2019
Funding Start Date July 1, 2019


Stage 2 Review Process - University Research Services

The deadline to receive a FULL APPLICATION REVIEW from University Research Services is January 23, 2019. Note that the full application review is not a scientific review (i.e. a review undertaken by health sciences researchers). The review is performed by a Research Projects Advisor at University Research Services. The advisor will:

  • Perform a detailed reading and content review of your application (includes editing suggestions)
  • Perform a budget review
  • Send you detailed comments / feedback

If you would like to have your application reviewed by University Research Services, please send a penultimate draft to Kristina Arseneau ( no later than January 23, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please remember that the closer your application is to complete, the more helpful the review process will be. 


Stage 2 Submission Process - University Research Services / CIHR

  • This Funding Opportunity participates in the eApproval process. This means that when the applicant submits their application using ResearchNet, it will be electronically directed to the University Research Services for review and approval.  Once the applications are reviewed and approved, the administrators at University Research Services will submit the applications electronically to CIHR on behalf of the applicant.
  • PIs must submit a TRAQ DSS for this funding opportunity before applications are forwarded to CIHR by URS. Hospital-based researchers must submit their TRAQ DSS by January 16, 2019. Researchers who are not conducting Hospital-based research must submit their TRAQ DSS by January 30, 2019. All TRAQ DSS files must include a DRAFT copy of the proposal and budget/budget justification. TRAQ DSS files for Hospital-based research must also include the Hospital Departmental Information & Impact Form. For more information, please see the TRAQ resources section below.


Information & Resources

About the Program 


Stage 2 Application

  • URS Help Files Bundle (PDF, 1.9 MB) - A set of 3 help files focused on: i) the stage 2 application; ii) developing a strong training plan; and iii) the Foundation Scheme CCV. The help files synthesize key information from CIHR instructions, the peer review manual, and best practices for this competition. Net ID & password required.


Additional Resources

  • For general grant writing resources and resources on knowledge translation, please see University Research Services' resources page.


TRAQ Resources

Completing the TRAQ DSS for Hospital-Based Research

Completing the TRAQ DSS for Research that is not Hospital-based


Contact Information

Kristina Arseneau, Ph.D.
Research Projects Advisor
Canadian and International Health Sciences funding programs
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 79707


Jennifer Robinson, Ph.D.
Research Projects Advisor
Faculty of Health Sciences: Canadian and International Health Sciences funding programs
Phone: 613-533-2944


Last Updated: January 10, 2019