Department Deadline for CIHR Competitions:
- CIHR Operating Grant competition:
In order to meet Faculty of Medicine deadlines, please ensure grant application packages are submitted to the Department Administration Office – attention Vicky Yau (firstname.lastname@example.org), by noon, Wednesday, September 4, 2013 for Department review & approval.
For more information regarding Faculty of Medicine CIHR Operating Grant application procedures, please visit http://med.ubc.ca/research/grant-applications/cihr/operating-grant/
- CIHR New Investigator Salary Competition:
In order to meet Faculty of Medicine deadlines, please ensure grant application packages are submitted to the Department Administration Office – attention Vicky Yau (email@example.com), by noon, Tuesday, November 19, 2013 for Department review & approval.
For more information regarding Faculty of Medicine CIHR New Investigator application procedures, please visit http://med.ubc.ca/research/grant-applications/cihr/new-investigator/
Note: The procedures and deadlines for the Operating Grant and New Investigator are different so please do not confuse the two funding opportunities
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Aug 2, 2013 Update from the UBC CIHR Delegate
Given the results from the March 2013 CIHR operating grant competition and the upcoming changes to CIHR, we would like to highlight select key points:
UBC’s success rate for this last CIHR open operating grant competition (March 2013) was the lowest over the last 5 cycles.
9/57 UBC Assistant Professors were successful: 16%
8/52 UBC Associate Professors were successful: 15%
11/73 UBC Professors were successful: 15%
The national CIHR success rate was 20%. Success rates were surprisingly low for UBC Full Professors who usually have substantially higher success rates.
We would like to take this opportunity to encourage UBC faculty to incorporate feedback from colleagues and grant facilitators to make their application as competitive as possible prior to submitting. The SPARC Office hosts a number of grant-writing workshops through the year and also has a Sample Grant Library (accessible via CWL at https://research.ubc.ca/sparc/sample-grants) with 19 new successful applications from the September 2012 Operating Grant competition.
We would also like to remind UBC faculty that there will be two more ?regular? CIHR Open Operating Grant Program competitions (Sept 2013; March 2014), followed by a Transitional Operating Grant competition for spring 2015 (date to be confirmed). The Transitional Operating Grant competition will be run as a regular Operating Grant competition, however, with an earlier registration deadline and an extended application window. CIHR anticipates supporting approximately 600 grants through this Transitional Open Operating Grant competition. The first regular Project Scheme competition is planned for spring 2016. Thus, there may be funding gaps (i.e., no competitions expected for fall 2014 and fall 2015). Those with CIHR Open Operating Grants expiring between Oct 2014 and Sept 30 2016 are permitted to apply early to one of the remaining Open Operating Grants (including the Transitional Operating Grant) without the early renewal penalty to avoid these gaps.
For those outstanding investigators who choose to apply to the Foundation Scheme, please note that the first two pilot competitions (fall 2014 and fall 2015) will be open only to:
1. those with CIHR grants that are expiring in the following year;
2. new investigators who are within their first 5 years; or
3. those who have never held CIHR funding.
Specific details on eligibility will be released soon from CIHR.
Please note that those who are unsuccessful after Stage 1 of the first Foundation Scheme pilot competition (fall 2014) may have an opportunity to apply to the Transitional Open Operating Grant Program competition (spring 2015). The first regular Foundation Scheme competition is anticipated for fall 2016.
CIHR transition timeline1 (2)please find a figure showing the timeline.
The above is based on current information from CIHR, but is subject to change.
Janice Eng, PhD
Professor and UBC CIHR Delegate