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, such as guidance to develop and submit PIHCIN funding applications and networking 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

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.

CIHR and the PIHCI networks are hosting a webinar to describe grant requirements on August 2, 2017, at 1:00 pm EDT/4:00 pm PDT. Register

Max. funding from CIHR: $250,000/year for four years
Estimated # of grants to be funded: Four grants
Competition launch (expected): July 26, 2017
Letter of intent due to PIHCI networks: August 11, 2017
Letter of intent due to CIHR: September 26, 2017
Full application due to CIHR: November 28, 2017
Funding start date: January 1, 2018

BC-PHCRN process/timelines
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 form (common to all PIHCI networks) is required (note this is a separate requirement from the CIHR LOI). The PIHCI letter of intent deadline is August 11, 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.

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

To apply for these funding opportunities, a project team must:

  • Secure non-federal matching funds on a 1:1 basis, prior to CIHR application deadline. (The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is pleased to provide matching funds to support the highest ranked BC applications in these funding opportunities.)
  • Connect with each principal applicant’s provincial PIHCIN. Each PIHCIN must provide a letter of support for the application. For co-applicants, the provincial PIHCIN(s) also need to provide a letter of support. These letters are required prior to CIHR submission.