Research Western

Western Strategic Support for CIHR Success

Jointly funded by the office of the Vice-President (Research) and the researcher's Faculty, Western's Strategic Support for CIHR Success program offers three funding opportunities identified as Seed, Bridge and Accelerator grants. These grants are targeted at researchers who are not currently holding external CIHR funding or are preparing to submit to a larger CIHR grant. The intent of these grants is to offer critical, one-time funding to support an individual investigator’s research activities for the subsequent development of strong, competitive submissions to external, peer-reviewed research sponsors.

The merit of each proposal will be assessed by the Medical & Health Science Review Board (MHSRB) on innovation, impact, deliverables (both long- and short-term), proposed methodology, HQP training plan and proposed budget. Successful applicants are expected to develop and submit competitive research proposals to a CIHR competition within two years of the award’s start date. Scroll down for application form and instructions.


(Note: 2017 Guidelines to be announced; the following guidelines should be used as reference only)


Dean's Deadline               2017 dates to be announced.
RDS Deadline
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(Note: 2017 application forms will be available at a later date. The following application instructions and forms should be used as reference only.)

Indirect costs are not supported by this program.



Western Contact(s)

Internal competitions are administered by Research Development & Services, Room 5150, Support Services Building (519-661-2111, ext. 84500,

For more information or questions, please contact: Elizabeth Russell-Minda, Research Development Officer (519-661-2111 ext. 88701)