Funding Opportunities

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are offering several Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network (PIHCIN) funding opportunities in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

BC-PHCRN may be able to provide assistance in the research development and application process; for instance, we can provide guidance for development and submission of SPOR PIHCIN funding applications and networking opportunities with primary health care researchers and/or clinicians in BC and across the ten other provincial/territorial networks in Canada. For more information, email

Programmatic Grants

The SPOR PIHCI Network Programmatic Grants are designed to support cross-jurisdictional research projects involving a minimum of four provincial/territorial PIHCI networks that respond to one or more of the research priorities identified by the networks and that will generate findings that will guide evidence-informed policy decision-making, with the intent of having an impact on the health system for all Canadians within four years.

Grant details
Max. funding from CIHR: $250,000/year for four years
Estimated # of grants to be funded: Four grants
Common letter of intent due to PIHCI networks: Suggested by Aug. 11; final deadline Sept. 6, 2017
Letter of intent due to CIHR: Sept. 26, 2017
Full application due to CIHR: Nov. 28, 2017
Funding start date: Jan. 1, 2018
Anticipated notice of decision: Feb. 28, 2018

CIHR and the PIHCI networks are hosting a webinar to describe grant requirements on August 2, 2017, at 1:00 pm EDT/10:00 am PDT. Register here

BC-PHCRN process
Applicants must engage with the PIHCI network in each or the four or more jurisdictions involved in their application, as a letter of support from the PIHCI leadership in each province/territory is mandatory. This engagement should occur at the conceptualization stage. A letter of intent (LOI) form (common to all PIHCI networks) is required (note that this is a separate requirement from the CIHR LOI). We suggest submitting the PIHCI LOI by August 11, 2017, although the LOI form does not need to be fully completed by this date. The PIHCI networks will assist in connecting researchers, patient partners, and knowledge users to build cross-jurisdictional teams.

To connect with the BC-PHCRN (the PIHCI network for BC), email The final PIHCI LOI deadline is September 6, 2017.

Match funding
Funding for all SPOR initiatives is based on a 1:1 matching formula with non-federal sources to ensure relevance and applicability. Matching partner contributions can include up to 50% eligible cash equivalent contributions. The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is pleased to offer matching funds to support the two highest ranked applications with BC representation (max. $150,000 per team). Match funding details


  • Jul. 25, 2017: Competition launch
  • Aug. 2, 2017: Webinar on grant requirements
  • Aug. 11, 2017: Suggested date to submit online common letter of intent to PIHCI networks
  • Sept. 6, 2017: Final deadline to submit online common letter of intent to PIHCI networks
  • Sept. 26, 2017: Letter of intent due to CIHR
  • Sept. 26, 2017: Request for MSFHR match funding due to BC-PHCRN via email
  • Nov. 10, 2017: Applications eligible to receive MSFHR matching funds receive a letter of support
  • Nov. 28, 2017: Full application due to CIHR
  • Dec. 5, 2017: Copy of the full CIHR submission to be shared with BC-PHCRN and MSFHR

Knowledge Synthesis Grants

To support teams of researchers and knowledge users to produce knowledge synthesis and scoping reviews that contribute to the use of synthesized evidence in decision-making and practice.

Max. funding from CIHR: $25,000/year for 1 year
Estimated # of grants to be funded: 5 grants
Next competition launch: Spring 2018

Comparative Program and Policy Analysis Grants

To support teams who wish to engage in evidence-based policy-making by analyzing and comparing various provincial/territorial policies to produce relevant, compelling research that can be used to influence policy decisions.

Max. funding from CIHR: $62,500/year for 2 years
Estimated # of grants to be funded: 5 grants
Next competition launch: Spring 2018