Western Strategic Support for CIHR Success Program


Jointly funded by Western Research and the researcher's faculty, Western's Strategic Support for CIHR Success program offers three funding opportunities identified as Seed and Accelerator (Fall competition), and Bridge grants (Spring competition). These grants are targeted at researchers who are either 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. Note: Indirect costs are not supported by this program.

WSS for CIHR Success Seed & Accelerator Grants

Program Guidelines

Program guideline updates for 2020:

  • The ECR definition has been updated
  • Travel expenses will still be considered eligible expenses

Please consult the guidelines for further information.

Application Forms & Instructions

Important Dates

Dean's Deadline November 9, 2020
ROLA Proposal Deadline November 9, 2020
Application Deadline November 16, 2020


Complete a ROLA Proposal: Internal program applications are processed through Western Research Internal Grants and must be accompanied by a completed ROLA proposal. 

Application Submission: The application form must be combined with all required attachments in a single PDF and emailed to intgrant@uwo.ca by the Western Research posted deadline. All submissions will be adjudicated by appointed members of Western's Medical & Health Sciences Review Board (MHSRB).


Final Report - Online form due within six months of the grant end date.


Internal competitions are administered by Western Research Internal Grants: intgrant@uwo.ca

For more information please contact Alda O'Grady, Programs Administrator