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Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Team Grant: THINC Implementation Science Team Grants

Research Admin Offices:

  • HRS

Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Grant


The maximum amount per grant is $400,000 per year for up to five (5) years, for a total of $2,000,000 per grant.


  • Health Sciences



Internal Deadline:

November 15, 2022

Sponsor Deadline:

November 29, 2022


The specific objective(s) of this funding opportunity are to:

  • Identify evidence-informed, actionable solutions: Generate actionable evidence on promising integrated care policies and/or delivery system interventions that can advance any/all of the Quadruple Aim goals and health equity.
  • Advance the field of implementation science: Advance the evidence base on how to implement, evaluate, adapt, and spread (share) evidence-informed, equitable integrated care policies and interventions across different health system and population contexts.
  • Build capacity: Develop human and organizational capacity for actionable evidence on implementation, evaluation, and/or spread and scale (share) of integrated care policies and interventions.
  • Spark collaborations: Build strong interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral collaborations and partnerships among researchers, policy makers, decision makers, healthcare providers, patients and public communities interested in advancing transformative integrated care; and
  • Foster knowledge mobilization and impact: Foster knowledge mobilization activities throughout the research process to inform the local adaptation, implementation and adoption of integrated care policies and interventions at the community and/or population level.


  • The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be:
    • An independent researcher 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); OR
    • An individual affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with research and/or knowledge translation mandate; OR
    • 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 at the time of funding (see Administration of Funds).
  • The core leadership team must include each of the following among its NPA, PKU(s), Principal Applicant(s) (PA), and Knowledge User(s) (KU), who together will comprise the team’s quadripartite leadership responsible for co-leading the team and funded activities. Note: An individual can represent no more than one (1) role:
    • Researcher: A scientific lead with expertise in integrated care and/or implementation science (must be an independent researcher). The NPA is the scientific lead when they are an independent researcher (1a.);
    • Decision-maker: A health system decision maker or policy maker holding an active leadership position at a health system organization that will be involved in the implementation of the intervention and have the authority to make decisions about implementing, evaluating and/or scaling the intervention. If this individual is not the NPA, they must be listed as a PKU;
      • The decision maker must have expertise in the relevant research area and knowledge of the intervention being investigated.
    • Provider: A currently practicing health care provider with experience in integrated care and using research to inform practice; or
    • PWLE: A patient/family/caregiver/person/community representative with lived or living experience of integrated and/or fragmented care.
  • The team must have a Sex and Gender Champion and an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Champion:
    • Combined, the champions must have experience in (i) sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA) or with gender diversity in the community; (ii) fostering EDI in research and/or applied settings (e.g., promoting equitable access to research participation or inclusion of typically underrepresented population groups in decision making), and (iii) creating Sex and Gender and EDI plans for diversity of team composition.
    • These individuals may hold other roles within the team in addition to standing as the team’s Sex and Gender and EDI champions.
    • The Sex and Gender and EDI champion roles may be served by the same individual or different individuals.
  • The NPA* and the quadripartite leaders and the Sex and Gender and EDI champions must have each successfully completed at least one of the sex and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and have submitted a Certificate of Completion. See How to Apply for more details. For additional information on sex, gender and health research, applicants are encouraged to review the How to integrate sex and gender in research section on the CIHR website. *Organizations as NPAs: For organizations applying as the NPA, a representative of the organization must complete the training module on the organization’s behalf.
  • At least one participant must be identified as the Knowledge Mobilization (KM) and Impact Champion acting as the key liaison with the members of the Impact Hub. As an intermediary between the IST and Impact Hub, the KM and Impact Champion will participate in relevant meetings and activities on behalf of the IST to advance KM and liaise with the Impact Hub:
    • The KM and Impact Champion must have experience in KM, collaboration, and evaluation (e.g., impact assessment, outcome measurement);
    • This individual may hold other roles within the team in addition to standing as the team’s KM and Impact Champion.
  • At a minimum, the organization affiliated with the decision maker or policy maker from the core leadership team must be identified as an application partner.
  • For applications involving research with Indigenous Peoples the research team must include:
    • The NPA, a PA or a PKU who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or provide evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples (see How to Apply for more details);
    • A PWLE with lived or living experience who self-identifies as Indigenous; and
    • For applications focused on Indigenous Health Research, one team member who is an Indigenous Elder or Knowledge Keeper.
  • For applications to the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Integrated Care funding pool:
    • The team must include social science and humanities researchers.

Application/Nomination Process:

  • The application process for this funding opportunity is comprised of one step: Full Application.
  • To complete your Full Application, follow the instructions in the Team Grants / Emerging Team Grants – ResearchNet “Application” Phase Instructions along with any additional instructions found below under “Specific Instructions”.
  • All application participants listed, with the exception of Collaborators, will:
  • Require a CIHR PIN.
  • To complete the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Self-identification Questionnaire.
  • 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.