What font type and size can I use for my attachment pages?
Times New Roman, 12 point, is the preferred font and type. You cannot use a condensed type, nor should you use condensed line spacing. You must use a minimum of six lines per inch.
What margins can I use for my attachment pages?
A minimum margin of 2 cm (3/4 inch) margins, all the way around, is mandatory.
Can I add extra pages if I run out of space?
No, pages beyond the maximum will be removed from the package and thrown away. For Operating Grants the maximum is 11 pages for one or two applicants and 13 pages for three or more applicants. Programs other than the Operating Grant Program often have different requirements, so please check the CIHR guidelines.
What do I put in my headers/footers?
As per the instructions from CIHR’s website, indicate your name, the project title and the section title (e.g., Summary of Research Proposal) at the top of each page. Indicate the page number clearly at the bottom of each page. For CV attachments, only your name (i.e., does not have to be nominated principal applicant name) and the section title (e.g., Patents and Intellectual Property Rights) are required in the header.
What is an RFA or a Priority Announcement?
RFAs and Priority Announcements are CIHR Strategic Initiatives. RFAs are Request for Applications, which are funding opportunities launched twice per year (with additional opportunities often announced at other times) that are separate from the regular competitions. RFAs are generally not repeated annually, but are unique funding opportunities that relate to the CIHR priorities. Priority Announcements are additional funding opportunities that are available when applying for an Operating Grant. If a proposal is not funded through the OG competition, but falls within the fundable range, it may be funded by the institutes when extra funds are available. An applicant is able to choose up to three PA’s (which are announced prior to the competition) when submitting their OG proposal that they could be considered for if the OG is not awarded.
What are the CIHR Pillars?
CIHR maintains a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses research over four general themes, or pillars. The four pillars are biomedical, clinical, health systems and services, and population and public health.
What are the CIHR institutes?
There are 13 virtual institutes that make up the structure of CIHR. These are not buildings or physical structures, but networks of researchers grouped into specific areas of concern to the health of Canadians. The individual institutes often fund grants through RFAs and Priority Announcements.
If I am collaborating with an investigator at another institution, but I am the PI, does the representative of the other institution need to register with CIHR as well?
No, only the PI needs to send in the registration package. The other investigator is listed on the grant and a CV is generally required at some stage of the application process.
What is the best format for my research module?
Make sure to use clear headings and subheadings, with important points emphasized (e.g. by using bold or italics). Make sure to keep space between paragraphs and be consistent. Your background should not be too long (two pages is usually sufficient) and your hypothesis(es) and specific aim(s) should be on the first (ideally) or second page, and emphasized somehow. Please refer to the grantsmanship section for documents with additional information.
If I am applying for a CIHR New Investigator Award, what do I need to do?
You need to make sure you go through Internal Review – contact SPARC for this (see internal review section) – and Grant Development – contact Elizabeth Cheu (see grant development section). You will need to submit all required documents for salary awards. You must follow the New Investigator Application Timeline set forth on the website. Researchers who fail to submit their grants for internal review and grant development may be denied sign-off approval by the Faculty of Medicine.
Can I submit the same application to two different CIHR competitions simultaneously?
No, you cannot have two applications in at the same time because two different review committees cannot be reviewing the same application. You must have an application back from the review committee before you can submit it to another competition.
Where do I submit my CIHR Response to an Offer of Award form for signature?
All CIHR Response to an Offer of Award forms should be submitted to the Research Secretary in the Dean’s Office for the Dean’s signature. Please also include the Offer of an Award and Awards Notice of Decision documents.