Funding Opportunities

Development Grants for the Indigenous Component of HeLTI

NOTE: webinar: January 10, 2018; final application: February 5, 2018

The CIHR Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative with strategic leadership from the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH) in collaboration with the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), and CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) are planning to launch the request for applications for the Development Grants for the Indigenous Component of the HeLTI.

The Development Grants will support communities to come together with self-identified relevant organizations to establish needed expertise to support Indigenous-driven research and will provide support for workshop preparation activities, community personnel support, and travel support to attend the workshop. The expected planning activities consist of local and/or regional scanning to determine readiness, priority areas of interest and capacity within the community to conduct a research cohort. The travel support will enable community participation in the workshop, expected to be held in Ottawa.

These Development Grants are expected to be the first stage of a longer-term initiative whose objective is to enable the development of Indigenous-focused interventions designed to improve health outcomes across the lifespan for Indigenous boys, girls, women, men, gender-diverse and Two-Spirit individuals in Canada.

This request for applications is expected to:

  • Enable First Nations, Inuit, M├ętis and Urban Indigenous communities to determine readiness, priority areas of interest and capacity within relevant communities to undertake a research project;
  • Inform the design of the Indigenous component of HeLTI through community engagement to identify community readiness, assess research priorities, understand research capacity, relationships with other groups, sex and gender considerations, data capacity considerations and governance; and
  • Enable self-determination of Indigenous community-based intervention research by supporting relationship-building within and between Indigenous communities and among other groups.


The Nominated Principal Applicant must be affiliated with or a member of a:

  1. Canadian non-governmental, not-for-profit organization (including Indigenous community or charitable organization); or
  2. Canadian non-federal government department or agency, including regional health authorities, when specific programs of those departments or agencies do not fund the activity that forms the subject matter of the grant.

Funds available

  • The total amount available for this request for applications is $1,000,000, enough to fund approximately 10 grants. The maximum amount per grant is up to $100,000 per year for one year.