CIHR Project Grant Application Enhancement Program 2020

CIHR Project Grant Application Enhancement Program 2020


The Office of the Vice President (Research and Innovation) at Lakehead University is pleased to announce the continuation of the CIHR Project Grant Application Enhancement Program. This program is designed to encourage and support researchers at Lakehead University to begin preparation of their CIHR Project Grant applications well in advance of the internal deadline (two weeks before the CIHR Project Grant deadlines in September and March), with the goal of increasing overall success rates.


Learning Objectives:

1)     Participants will learn how to frame their projects according to CIHR’s mandate and application structure and apply this knowledge by composing drafts of key sections in the CIHR project grant application

2)     Participants will gain an understanding of the history of Knowledge Translation (KT) and CIHR requirements for KT and will apply this knowledge by developing a detailed KT plan

3)     Participants will hear from faculty who have experience as successful applicants and/or adjudicators. They will apply knowledge of the adjudication process by participating in a peer review exercise where they give feedback on and evaluate other participants’ drafts.


A final list of topics for the program will be determined in consultation with participants.


Program Format & Schedule:

Four two hour sessions are held over a five week period with no more than one workshop per week, and a gap week after session three. The sessions are planned to begin in late July/early August 2020. Dr. PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith, SSHRC/CIHR Research and Knowledge Mobilization Facilitator, and Dr. Lexi Haslehurst, NSERC/CIHR Research Facilitator will be the primary session leaders. You will be asked to do some preparatory work in advance of the first session as well as homework after each session; you should expect to dedicate time to the grant-writing process over these five weeks to get the most out of the program. At the conclusion of the workshops, participants’ feedback will be sought to assist in the evaluation of the program.


Program Completion & Research Grant

Participants in the program will be eligible for a research grant of up to $1500, distributed in two instalments to aid in the development of their SSHRC applications. Researchers may use this grant for tri agency-eligible costs associated with research, including but not limited to hiring research assistants and grant writers/editors, collecting preliminary data, meeting with research partners/co-applicants, and gathering materials for the literature review.  Equipment and conference travel are not eligible. The $1500 grant will be distributed in two separate allotments:

1) $750 at the completion of the workshops in which the participant had full attendance and

2) $750 after a SSHRC application has been submitted.


Applications developed during the workshops must be submitted either in one of the following cycles: Sept. 2020, March 2021, or Sept. 2021, in order to receive the second installment of the grant. Applicants must provide a budget for the $1500 as part of their application. Although participants may expend up to $1500 in advance of submitting their grant, and be reimbursed after their grant is submitted; however, note that if you incur expenses in excess of $750 prior to submitting the grant and then fail to submit the grant, forfeiting the remaining $750, you are responsible for covering any outstanding costs.



All tenure-track and tenured faculty members engaged in research that falls under CIHR’s mandate are welcome to participate in the program. Participants from previous programs are welcome to apply to re-enroll in the program on an “audit” basis, which means that they will not be eligible for the grant.  Faculty members with a three year LTA are eligible to apply in the first two years of their appointment only. Preference will be given to tenured and tenure-track faculty members.


The number of applicants selected to participate in this program will be capped depending on financial resources available and will total no more than 5 participants, and we require a minimum of 3 participants to run the program. Evaluation will be based on originality, relevance to CIHR’s mandate, project description cohesiveness, and background of the researcher.


How to apply

Researchers are asked to apply to the program through ROMEO (click on Apply New - Tri-Agency Grant Enhancement Programs). Applications to the CIHR Enhancement Program are due Monday, June 1, 2020. If you need help using the ROMEO system, please contact Bonnie Knott, ROMEO administrator at


For general questions about the program, please contact Dr. PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith at or Dr. Lexi Haslehurst at