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Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Catalyst Grant: Policy Research for Health System Transformation 2022

Research Admin Offices:

  • HRS

Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Grant


The total CIHR and PHAC amount available for this funding opportunity is $3,825,000, enough to fund approximately 25 Policy Research for Health System Transformation grants and one (1) knowledge mobilization synthesis project.


  • Health Sciences



Internal Deadline:

September 20, 2022

Sponsor Deadline:

October 4, 2022


The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

  • Support policy research on how changes and/or different approaches to the financing, funding, organization, governance and/or delivery of health care systems and/or services and public health systems and/or services can impact the Quadruple Aim and health equity.
  • Advance the methods and/or measurement approaches for health policy research.
  • Mobilize diverse methodologies, multiple disciplines and perspectives, and knowledge mobilization approaches to generate evidence that is relevant and useful for policymakers.
  • Provide policymakers with evidence-informed, contextualized policy options to support high-performing health systems and/or services (in the health care and/or public health settings) that advance the Quadruple Aim and health equity.
  • Foster the creation of new or strengthening of existing partnerships and collaborations between researchers, policymakers and knowledge users with lived experience to align research with policy priorities by working together in pursuit of evidence-informed health systems transformation.


For an application to be eligible, it must include, at a minimum:

  • The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be:
    • an independent researcher or a knowledge user, affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution and/or its affiliated institutions (including hospitals, research institutes and other non-profit organizations with a mandate for health research and/or knowledge translation).
      • Applicants applying as Early Career Researchers(ECRs) must meet CIHR’s requirements of being an Early Career Researcher. Note: As a result of COVID-19, the term to qualify for ECR status has been extended to 0-84 months from 0- 60 months.
      • If the NPA is a knowledge user, there must be at least one Principal Applicant who is an independent researcher.
      • an individual affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with research and/or knowledge translation mandate.
      • an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with research and/or knowledge translation mandate.
    • The NPA (individual) must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.
    • The Institution Paid must be authorized to administer CIHR funds before the funding can be released (for more information see Administration of Funds).
    • The NPA* must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and submit a Certificate of Completion. Select and complete the training module most applicable to your project. Applicants are encouraged to review the “How to integrate sex and gender in research” section on the CIHR website. See How to Apply for more details.
    • At least one senior level knowledge user, who is a policymaker** based in Canada, as the NPA or the Principal Knowledge User (PKU); and
    • At least one knowledge user with relevant lived experience or expertise, as a Knowledge User (KU).
  • For research applications involving Indigenous populations (including First Nations, Inuit and Métis) the research team must include at least one member who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or demonstrates a track record of meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples.

Application/Nomination Process:

  • The application process for this funding opportunity is comprised of one step: Full Application.
    • Applicants can apply for a Policy Research for Health System Transformation grant or a Policy Research for Health System Transformation grant AND the Supplemental Knowledge Mobilization Synthesis Project. The application process is the same with the following exceptions: Nominated Principal Applicants (NPAs) seeking to also apply for the Supplemental Knowledge Mobilization Synthesis Project must indicate so in their Summary of Research Proposal and include the “Knowledge Mobilization Synthesis Project” document.
  • To complete your Full Application, follow the instructions in the Grant – Application Guidelines, along with any additional instructions found below under “Specific Instructions”.
  • All participants listed, with the exception of Collaborators, are required to:
  • Organizations applying as Nominated Principal Applicants for the first time must contact CIHR’s Contact Centre for guidance in creating a ResearchNet account and registering for a CIHR PIN.


Additional Details


If applying from the Faculty of Health Sciences, unless otherwise indicated, you no longer need to send documents to HRS Intake. Your first point of contact is your assigned Senior Grants Advisor.