2022 CIHR Enhancement Program Call for Applications (April 25, 2022 Deadline)

CIHR Project Grant Enhancement Program

The Office of Research Services at Lakehead University is pleased to announce the continuation of the CIHR Enhancement Program in the spring of 2022. 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, with the ultimate goal of increasing overall success rates.


While the program is designed to support early career researchers or first-time applicants in obtaining CIHR Project Grant funding, participation in the program is open to all faculty. Those who have participated in previous enhancement programs are welcome to re-apply to the program on an audit-only basis. Priority will be given to tenure-track faculty. The number of participants will not exceed 10 per year.


Proposed Dates:
The four sessions are held over a five-week period with no more than one workshop per week, and a gap week after session three to accommodate grant writing.

  • Start: Week of May 16th - May 20th, 2022
  • End: Week of June 13th - June 17th, 2022


Program Structure

The four workshops will be led and facilitated by Dr. Lexi Haslehurst, NSERC/CIHR Research Facilitator, with active participation from faculty members experienced in CIHR Project Grant writing and adjudication. Each week, tasks will be assigned to encourage the early development of a Project Grant application. Feedback on written portions will be provided by the Facilitator and returned to the applicant in a timely manner. For the final workshop, a draft proposal will be submitted to the group for peer review. Feedback will also be provided by the Facilitator to assist in further development of a Project Grant for submission in either the autumn 2022 or spring 2023 term.


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 be introduced to CIHR’s expectations and requirements for addressing EDI in their research proposals, including tips on how to inform research design by using SGBA+, and ways to address EDI in team recruitment and supervision.

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.



Participants in the program will be eligible for a research grant of up to $1,500, distributed in two installments, to aid in the development of their Project Grant applications. Researchers may use this grant for costs associated with research, including but not limited to hiring research assistants and grant writers/editors, collecting preliminary data, and meeting with research partners. Participants may only receive this grant once but may audit future CIHR Enhancement programs if desired. 

The $1,500 grant will be distributed in two allotments: 1) $750 following completion of the four modules; and 2) $750 after they have applied to the CIHR Project Grant program in the autumn (2022) or spring (2023) intakes.



To be considered for participation, researchers will need to submit an application through ROMEO (click on Apply New - Tri-Agency Grant Enhancement Programs). Applications will include a brief project summary, a summary of the applicant’s experience with tri-agency grants, and a budget for the $1,500 research grant. 

Applications are due April 25th, 2022


If you need help using the ROMEO system, please contact Bonnie Knott, ROMEO administrator, at  bknott@lakeheadu.ca

For general questions about the program, please contact Dr. Lexi Haslehurst at nserc.research@lakeheadu.ca