CIHR Reform Transition Planning Workshop

s a result of CIHR Open Suite reforms and subsequent transition period (2014-2016), all health researchers need to be aware of the options open to them in terms of CIHR funding over the next few years.

Failure to take into account all possible options and plan funding requests accordingly could result in large funding gaps.

As only two more standard Open Operating grants remain, it is imperative that researchers begin to plan their grant submissions strategically in order to secure adequate funding and position themselves well for 2016.

A workshop on navigating the nuances of the transition period and the eligibility requirements to the Foundation Pilots was held on January 9.  To request a copy of the presentation from the workshop please contact

Of particular note, eligibility to apply for the 2014 or 2015 Foundation Pilots is limited to:

  1. Researchers with current CIHR Open grants expiring in 2015/2016.
  2. New/Early Investigators:  researchers who, at the time of the Foundation Phase 1 application deadline, assumed their first independent academic position (e.g., faculty appointment) within the last 5 years.
  3. Researchers who are new to CIHR’s ‘Open Suite’ Program:  researchers who have never held Open CIHR funding as a Nominated Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator, as of July 30, 2013. These are researchers who are new entrants to the Canadian research community and/or new to CIHR (e.g. funded by other agencies).

More information about the Foundation Scheme and the 2015 Transitional Open Operating Grant completion are found  on the CIHR / Researchnet websites:


2015 Transition OOGP

Please contact the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Research Office or Research Development & Services if you have questions about your eligibility for these pilots or about the guidelines for these programs.