CIHR Project Grant Competition

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This website is meant to serve as a repository of websites and resources related to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant Competition.


  1. CIHR has launched the Spring 2021 Project Grant competition on ResearchNetPlease see the important dates section below for internal deadlines.  
  2. Updates: There are several changes to the Spring 2021 Project Grant competition including the addition of a mandatory Summary of Progress and a new CV option for non-academic and international applicants, and Indigenous organizations. Please see “What you should know about the Spring 2021 Project Grant competition” for a full list of the changes. 

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. 

Event Date
CIHR Registration Deadline March 4, 2021
URS Internal Review Deadlines March 4, 2021 (Full review)
March 25, 2021 (Mini-review)
TRAQ DSS Deadlines March 11, 2021 (Hospital-based research)
March 25, 2021 (Non-hospital based research)
CIHR Application Deadline

April 1, 2021 at 12:00PM (noon)

Notice of Recommendation July 8, 2021
Anticipated Notice of Decision July 22, 2021
Funding Start Date October 1, 2021


Application Review Processes

Full Application Review

University Research Services (URS) offers FULL APPLICATION REVIEWS. Note that the administrative review is not a scientific review. Instead, a Research Projects Advisor will provide detailed editing feedback to help ensure that your application matches CIHR guidelines, help improve clarity of the written content, flow, etc. 

To request an internal review please email a Research Projects Advisor a draft of your proposal in Word format by the URS Full Review Internal Deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For applicants in the Faculty of Health Sciences, this non-scientific administrative review is mandatory for NEW applications that has that have not previously received an internal review.  Administrative reviews of resubmissions are not required; however, a review of a modified proposal is available upon request. The Faculty of Health Sciences expects that all applications receive a detailed scientific review, either within Queen’s or at other institutions, and can assist in organizing scientific reviews.

For applicants in all other faculties, application reviews are optional, but recommended. 


'Mini' Application Review

University Research Services also offers 'MINI' APPLICATION REVIEWS. 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. 

To request 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 a Research Projects Advisor by the URS Mini-Review Internal Deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Submission Process - University Research Services / CIHR

  • Your application must be submitted using ResearchNet.
  • 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. Researchers must submit their TRAQ DSS by the TRAQ DSS Deadlines for hospital-based and non-hospital based research. 
  • 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 




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. Andrea Hiltz, M.Sc.

Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
University Research Services / Faculty of Health Sciences

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 32944

Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
University Research Services

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 33108