What We've Heard: Concerns and Clarification
Is it true that CIHR is creating hard funding caps of $125,000 per year per grant for the Project Scheme and $300,000 per year per grant for the Foundation Scheme?
Project grant values and durations will be commensurate with the requirements of the project proposed, and will vary depending on the field, proposed approach, and scope of activities. Applicants will be eligible to apply to the Project Scheme for grants within the range of approximately $25,000 to $750,000 per year, with grant durations ranging between 1 to 5 years, reflecting the wide variety of projects presently funded in various Open programs.
Foundation grant values will also be commensurate with the requirements of the research proposed, and will vary depending on the research field, research approach, and scope of program activities. Investigators will be able to apply to the Foundation Scheme for grants within the range of approximately $50,000 to $1.5 million per year. Established investigators will be awarded 7-year grants, and new/early career investigators will be awarded 5-year grants. It is expected that an applicant’s funding history will be one factor in determining future levels of funding.
Projected Program and Project Counts (steady state) in new Open Schemes
Is the Foundation Scheme only intended to support senior investigators with long and established track records?
The Foundation/Programmatic Scheme is intended to support excellent researchers with excellent research programs at all stages of the career pipeline. The Foundation Scheme is designed to contribute to a sustainable foundation of health research leaders, by providing long-term support for pursuit of innovative, high-impact programs of research. The Foundation Scheme is expected to support a broad base of researcher leaders across career stages, areas, and disciplines relevant to health. The intent is to have an individual's track record assessed in the context of the applicant’s career stage and field of research.
Will institutional support in the Foundation Scheme disadvantage researchers in smaller or remote institutions?
Institutional support is not about matching dollars, but is meant to ensure that the researchers funded through the Foundation Scheme have the necessary resources, tools, and time to be successful. Some small or remote institutions often function through networked environments contributing to the support environment and reviewers will consider this approach as part of the peer review process.