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CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health


This new funding opportunity is part of the Government of Canada's continued rapid response to address the health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will enable rapid and timely research responsive to the current phase of COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and around the globe.

Funding will support clinical trials, observational studies, implementation science or other relevant study designs to scale-up promising existing projects, reorient current research, or initiate new rapid response research to address COVID-19 in the identified research areas that include understanding the safety, efficacy, effectiveness, ethics, and implementation of:

  • vaccines, diagnostics, or therapeutics;

  • clinical management and health system interventions; and

  • social, policy, and public health responses and related indirect consequences.

Anticipated Timeline

Application Deadline: May 11, 2020
Anticipated Notice of Decision: June 2, 2020
Funding Start Date: May 1, 2020

Funds Available

Approximately $107.9M of funding is available.
The maximum amount per grant that can be requested for clinical trial research is $5,000,000 over 1 year.
The maximum amount per grant that can be requested for all other types of research is $2,500,000 over 1 year.

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Peer Reviewer Recruitment

Given the urgency of this funding competition, recruitment for peer reviewers will begin immediately. If you are interested and available to volunteer as a peer reviewer, please reach out to CIHR immediately at We thank applicants and peer reviewers in advance for their flexibility and understanding with respect to the need for this expedited process.

Linkage Tool

CIHR is providing a linkage tool that is intended to facilitate connections and collaborations (domestically and internationally) should there be interest.
If you would like to use this tool, please complete a short form. The information you provide will appear on a public CIHR web page.


For all inquiries, please contact



Agency Name: 
Contact Name: 
Penny D'Agnone
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Monday, May 11, 2020
Internal Deadline: 
Monday, May 4, 2020
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: