University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services

CIHR Project Grant Competition

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This website is meant to serve as a repository of websites and resources related to the CIHR Project Grant Competition.


  1. CIHR anticipates that the Fall 2020 Project Grant competition will have a Registration deadline in mid-September, and Full Application deadline in mid-October. The information below regarding the Spring 2020 competition will be updated to the Fall 2020 competition when it has been launched by CIHR, likely at the end of July.

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. 



CIHR Registration Deadline February 5, 2020
CIHR Application Deadline March 4, 2020
(at NOON - Queen's internal deadline)
Anticipated Notice of Decision July 8, 2020
Funding Start Date October 1, 2020


Application Review Processes

Full Application Review

The deadline to receive a FULL APPLICATION REVIEW  is February 3, 2020. Note that the administrative review is NOT a scientific review (i.e. a review undertaken by health sciences researchers). Instead, an advisor will provide you with detailed editing feedback to help ensure that your application matches CIHR guidelines, help improve clarity of the written content, etc.

For applicants in the Faculty of Health Sciences, the non-scientific review is MANDATORY if you are submitting a NEW application (i.e., one not previously submitted to CIHR and has not previously received an internal review). Please email: Jennifer Robinson ( or Andrea Hiltz ( a draft copy of your proposal in Word format by February 3, 2020.

  • NB - Administrative reviews of resubmissions are not required; however, the Faculty of Health Sciences will assist in organizing a review of a modified proposal, if requested. The Faculty of Health Sciences also expects that all applications will receive detailed scientific review, either within Queen’s or at other institutions. The Faculty can assist in this process, if required.

For applicants in all other faculties, please email a draft of your proposal to Jennifer Robinson ( or or Andrea Hiltz ( by February 3, 2020. Application reviews are OPTIONAL for researchers in other faculties, but are recommended. 


'Mini' Application Review

The deadline to receive a 'MINI' APPLICATION REVIEW from University Research Services is February 26, 2020. The 'mini review' will verify that your application matches CIHR guidelines and that all required components of your application are complete. Please note that detailed editing suggestions will NOT be provided. If you submit your application after February 26, 2020 we cannot guarantee that your application will receive a completeness check prior to submission to CIHR.

If you would like to have a 'mini' review by University Research Services, please: 1) enter all of your application information in ResearchNet, 2) generate a PDF of the full application and, 3) send the PDF document to Jennifer Robinson ( or Andrea Hiltz ( no later than February 26, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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 February 12, 2020. Researchers who are not conducting Hospital-based research must submit their TRAQ DSS by February 26, 2020. 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 



  • CIHR Panel Discussion Summary (opens new window) - Summary of a panel discussion that took place in early 2019. Panelists provided advice on proposal development, crafting strong applications, resubmissions, and advice for new investigators.


Additional Resources


TRAQ Resources

Completing the TRAQ DSS Form for Hospital-Based Research


Completing the TRAQ DSS Form for Research that is not Hospital-Based



Contact Information

Jennifer Robinson, Ph.D.
Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
University Research Services / Faculty of Health Sciences

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 32944


Andrea Hiltz
Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
University Research Services

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 33108


Last Updated: July 18, 2019