CIHR Project Grant Competition - FAQ

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This website is meant to serve as a repository of frequency asked questions related to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant Competition . For full details on the program, including help files and the submission process, please see the URS Project Grant webpage.


CIHR pins

  • Nominated Principal Applicant (PI) = pin required
  • Principal Applicant (co-PI) = pin required
  • Co-Applicant = pin required
  • Collaborator = PIN not required, but strongly recommended that collaborators have a valid PIN

  • This webpage  explains how to register for a CIHR pin. NB - it can take at least 24 hours to obtain a pin; longer may be needed during peak time periods.
  • If you don't have time to get a CIHR pin for a team member, you can list them as a collaborator. Pins are not required for collaborators.


  • At the REGISTRATION stage, no CCVs are needed.
  • At the APPLICATION stage:
    • The Nominated Principal Applicant (PI), Principal Applicant(s) (co-PIs), and Co-applicants provide a Biosketch CCV , whether they are Independent Researchers or Knowledge Users
    • A CV is not required for Collaborators and will not be considered in the review of the applications. The contribution and services provided by the Collaborator(s) should be highlighted in the research proposal.

  • Nominated Principal Applicants (PIs), Principal Applicants (co-PIs), and Co-applicants: See the Biosketch Quick Reference Guide 
  • Collaborator: DO NOT provide CCVs. The contribution and services provided by the Collaborator(s) should be highlighted in the research proposal.

  • For information on how to bulk import publications using PubMed, see this CIHR FAQ answer 
  • For information on how to bulk import publications from other sources (e.g., Google Scholar), see this CIHR FAQ answer .
  • A list of other sources that allow bulk important of publications is provided here .

  • To have your name show up for a presentation, please enter your name in the CO-PRESENTER field of the presentation.

  • No CCVs are required at the registration stage of the competition.
  • At the application stage of the competition, you need to enter your CCV confirmation number in ResearchNet -- this information is not automatically transferred.
  • To enter your CCV confirmation number in ResearchNet, follow the following steps:
    • Step 1. Log in to ResearchNet.
    • Step 2. Click on Task 1 - Identify participants. You will see a list of all of your participants.
    • Step 3. Click EDIT beside the participant whose CCV confirmation number you want to add.
    • Step 4. Enter the CCV confirmation number in the box marked with an asterisk.

  • It may be that you have not chosen the correct CCV template for the Project Grant competition. The type of CCV required depends on the role you or your team member has been assigned in the 'Identify Participants' task.
  • The Nominated Principal Applicant (PI), Principal Applicant(s) (co-PIs) and Co-applicants provide a Biosketch CCV , whether they are Independent Researchers or Knowledge Users
  • Collaborators DO NOT provide CCVs.


  • No. Your registration will be sent directly to CIHR. Please make sure that your registration is complete BEFORE submitting it to CIHR.

  • Yes. A Nominated Principal Applicant can submit up to TWO Project Grant applications.
  • If a Nominated Principal Applicant submits more than two applications, CIHR will automatically withdraw the last application submitted based on time-stamp of submission.

  • No, neither the PI nor any of their team members (principal applicants, co-applicants, or knowledge users) need to provide CCVs at the registration stage of the competition.

  • Yes, it can. But, please keep in mind that CIHR uses the summary to select which peer review panel your application should be sent to, and which panel members should review your application. Thus, the overall 'thrust' of your summary should NOT change between the registration and application phases, so that reassignment of your application to a different panel will not be required.

  • Yes.

  • Yes, your total budget request can be updated at the application stage.

  • The only person who MUST remain unchanged between registration and application is the Nominated Principal Applicant (PI).
  • All other team members can be added, removed, or change roles between registration and application.

  • Nominated Principal Applicant  = PI = application lead (the faculty member who is the main lead of the application and the administrative contact for CIHR)
  • Principal Applicant  = co-PI = individual who shares direction of the project with the Nominated Principal Applicant
  • Co-applicant  = a participant who is involved in the project, but to a lesser degree than a PI or Co-PI (i.e., they may have an important role in one of the project’s lines of inquiry)
  • Collaborator  = collaborators are less involved in the project than a co-applicant. I.e., they may provide access to a particular resource (patient samples, equipment).

  • In Task 5 - Complete Peer Review Administration Information, you are able to suggest up to two peer review committees that would be appropriate to review your grant. There is a textbox, to be completed at the Registration stage, requiring applicants to provide a brief justification for their primary and secondary panel suggestions. This information will help the Chairs and Scientific Officers to determine which panel best fits each application.

  • No, you CANNOT change the suggested committees at the application stage of the competition. Please be sure that you are satisfied with your first and second choices of peer review committee before you submit your registration in ResearchNet.

  • Some of the peer review panels have had changes made to their mandates since the last Open Operating Grant competition. Please carefully review their mandates  to make sure that you select the appropriate panel(s).

For applications including a RCT:

  • if the budget requested is less than \$250,000 per year, researchers may apply to the most relevant discipline-based peer review committee OR to the RCT peer review committee; and
  • if the budget requested is greater than or equal to \$250,000 per year, researchers must apply to the RCT peer review committee.

Irrespective of the suggested peer review committee and regardless of the level of funding requested, all applications containing a RCT as a major component must use the RCT headings  in the 10-page research proposal. Failure to comply with these requirements can negatively impact the evaluation of the application.

  • Step 1. AT THE REGISTRATION STAGE of the competition, in Task 2 - Enter Proposal Information, select 'Yes' to the question about TCPS-2 Chapter 9  (i.e., 'Does your proposal address the TCPS-2 Chapter 9 ...')
  • Step 2. Provide a detailed justification in the related text field to indicate how the project addresses the principles of TCPS2 - Chapter 9.
  • Step 3. Under Task 5 - Complete Peer Review Administration Information, select the Indigenous Health Research Committee as the first suggested committee. 

  • YES. Specific considerations will need to be taken into account in review of applications in Indigenous Health Research committee:
    • Significance and Impact of the Research: The proposed research must be relevant to First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis priorities and have the potential to produce valued outcomes from the perspective of First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis participants and Indigenous Peoples more broadly.
    • Approaches and Methods: In addition to demonstrating scientific excellence (Western, Indigenous, or both), the proposed research approaches and methods must respect Indigenous values and ways of knowing and sharing, and abide by Tri-Council Policy Statement Chapter 9: Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada and/or Indigenous partnering community/organizational ethical guidelines or clearly explain why other guidelines have been developed and agreed upon with the study governance body.
    • Expertise, Experience and Resources: Appropriateness of the team based on their overall scientific experience (Western, Indigenous, or both) and skills as well as their Indigenous community-based research experience, track record, relevance of past experience, including expertise related to Indigenous lived experience(s).

  • YES. For commercialization projects, the applicant should integrate a Research/Technical Plan and a Commercialization Plan as part of their 10-page research proposal; these will be evaluated according to specific criteria .