Pre-Announcement: Operating Grant of the Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) Program

The CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health (IIPH) and the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) are pleased to pre-announce the launch of the Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) Program funding opportunity. The NEIHR Program is supported financially by all 13 CIHR institutes.

The Program will provide supportive research environments for Indigenous health research driven by and grounded in Indigenous communities in Canada. More specifically, the Program will focus on capacity development, research and knowledge translation to improve the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.

Anticipated Timeline*

Launch: December 2018
Application Deadline: June 2019
Funding Start Date: October 2019

*These timelines are estimates and subject to change.


CIHR aims to improve the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples through the assertion of Indigenous understandings of health and by fostering innovative community-based and scientifically excellent research.

The NEIHR Program has been developed to address the specific health needs of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The NEIHR Program will take a comprehensive approach to capacity building in Indigenous health research.

This funding opportunity seeks to support a minimum of nine (9) individual NEIHR centres: at least one (1) grant each based in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, the Atlantic Region, and Nunavut; and at least one (1) grant based in Yukon or the Northwest Territories. Each NEIHR grant represents a centre and is responsible for defining their catchment area (e.g., Inuit Nunangat; Quebec and Ontario combined) and study/target population (i.e., First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Indigenous, on-reserve First Nations, urban Indigenous people or other combination).

All funded NEIHR centres will be expected to participate in a consortium between Indigenous communities, researchers, knowledge users and other interested parties under one common governance structure in order to form an interconnected and collaborative Indigenous-led NEIHR Consortium across Canada. In addition, one of the centres will be required to take on the additional role of NEIHR Coordinating Centre.


Interested applicants are invited to participate in a webinar on January 17, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will be delivered in English; however, slides will be available in English and French, and participants will be able to ask questions in both official languages. To find out more information and to register, visit the Webinars page.

Funds Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $99M.
  • Of this $99M:
    • $94.5M is available to fund Network Grants, enough to fund approximately nine (9) centres. The maximum amount per grant is $700,000 per year for 15 years (2019-20 to 2034-35), for a total of $10.5M per grant.
    • $4.5M is available to fund a NEIHR consortium grant, enough to fund approximately one (1) grant. The maximum per grant is $300,000 per year for 15 years (2019-20 to 2034-35).

Disclaimer: This draft version of the Operating Grant: Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) Program funding opportunity is for your information only. The information contained herein is subject to change and does not commit the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to the requirements outlined in this version. The final funding opportunity will be published on the CIHR Funding Opportunity Database in ResearchNet in December 2018.

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