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 Spring 2019 CIHR Project Grant Competition.


  1. URS is hosting a panel discussion on the CIHR Project grants on February 5, 2019. The goal of the session is to provide faculty with an opportunity to learn from former peer reviewers and successful CIHR applicants about strategies for developing strong Project applications. Please register online if you would like to participate. 
  2. CIHR has launched the Spring 2019 Project Grant competition. Please see the updated key dates below.
  3. All application team members (except collaborators) are required to complete CIHR's Equity & Diversity Questionnaire. The questionnaire must be completed BEFORE the Nominated Principal Applicant (PI) can submit the full application to CIHR. The questionnaire does NOT need to be completed at the registration stage. These instructions explain how to complete the questionnaire and there is also an FAQ available online.

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. 



URS Event: CIHR Project Grants - a Panel Discussion
(Register online)

February 5, 2019
CIHR Registration Deadline February 6, 2019

TRAQ DSS Deadline - Hospital-Based Research
(Queen's Internal Process)

February 13, 2019
TRAQ DSS Deadline - Research that is not Hospital-Based
(Queen's Internal Process)
February 27, 2019
CIHR Application Deadline March 6, 2019
(at NOON - Queen's internal deadline)
Anticipated Notice of Decision July 10, 2019
Funding Start Date October 1, 2019


Application Review Processes - University Research Services

Full Application Review

The deadline to receive a FULL APPLICATION REVIEW  is January 30, 2019. 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 Gladys Smith ( or Steve Smith ( a draft copy of your proposal in Word format by January 30, 2019.

  • 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 Kristina Arseneau ( by January 30, 2019. 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 27, 2019. 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 27, 2019 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 Kristina Arseneau ( no later than TBD. 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 13, 2019. Researchers who are not conducting Hospital-based research must submit their TRAQ DSS by February 27, 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 



  • Application instructions 

  • CCV Instructions:

    • Biosketch CCV Reference Guide - CIHR overview of the Biosketch CCV for Nominated Principal Applicants (PIs), Principal Applicants (co-PIs), and co-applicants.

    • FAQ

  • Peer Review Manual
  • URS Help Files Bundle - A set of 3 help files: i) suggested structure & common application issues; ii) application checklist; iii) Biosketch CV checklist. The help files synthesize key information from CIHR instructions, the peer review manual, and best practices for this competition.


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

Kristina Arseneau, Ph.D.
Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
University Research Services

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 79707


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

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 32944


Last Updated: January 17, 2019