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Current Funding opportunities

The Research for Undergraduates in Space Health (RUSH) Award provides financial support for a research experience in the field of space health, addressing one or more health conditions identified as problematic for astronauts during spaceflight. Undergraduate students will work full-time on a research project for 12 consecutive weeks (to be held anytime between May 1 and August 31) with the supervision of a faculty member in an academic laboratory. We strongly encourage applications from members of any underrepresented groups (disclosable in the application form).


Student applications (and letters of references) are due by 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on March 10, 2023.


The CSHRNet is providing a total of $3,000, paid over the 12-week research duration. Supervisors are required to match this contribution, bringing the students’ total stipend to $6,000.


  • Students (Canadian or international) must be enrolled full-time in an accredited Canadian university in an undergraduate program, or be a recent graduate from an undergraduate program (any discipline). Note that students are not eligible if they are already enrolled in a graduate program; however, they are eligible if they have been accepted in a program of graduate studies but not starting before September 2023.

  • Students must not have other commitments during the summer such as other internships or a heavy (more than 2) course load.

  • Students must have obtained a minimum cumulative B average in the last two years of study (unofficial transcripts will need to be provided).

  • Students must identify an eligible supervisor (academic faculty member working in an accredited Canadian university) providing the matching contribution to the stipend (as confirmed in the reference letter provided by the supervisor).

  • The proposed research project must focus on a health-related issue relevant to space health research. A variety of research proposals may qualify for this award, including those focused on humans, animals, cells, public health, machine learning, and others relating to space health.

  • The project must be conducted at an accredited Canadian university within Canada. If the research is not performed in the applicant’s city, additional funding will not be provided to cover the expenses of travel and accommodations during their 12-week project.


Application process, requirements, and evaluation

Applicants are required to provide: 1) a complete application form, 2) unofficial transcripts (confirming the minimum cumulative B average in the last two years of study), and 3) an updated resume.

In addition, applicants are required to arrange for two letters of references, which will be emailed directly by the referees to One letter must be provided by the proposed supervisor who, in addition to commenting on the proposed project and the student’s skills and experience, will confirm the matching contribution of $3,000 to the student’s stipend and the source of it. A second letter of reference must be provided by a faculty member or employer who can comment on academics, work qualifications, and/or personal qualities and soft skills of the student.

All material must be emailed to by March 10, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Applications will be evaluated by the selection committee on (a) quality and significance of the research proposal, (b) applicant’s academic record and experience as reported in the CV, and (c) letter of references.

Students receiving the award will be required to submit by September 15, 2023 a one-page summary describing the project’s findings and their potential scientific impact.

Important dates:

  • Student applications (and two letters of references) must be submitted by March 10, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST).

  • Students will be notified of the award on April 1, 2023.

  • Students will be required to accept the award by April 15, 2023.

  • The award period will run between May 1 and August 31, 2023 (12 weeks).

  • Awardees are required to submit a one-page summary by Sepetember 15, 2023.

Download Award Guidelines and Application Forms here:

Award Guidelines

Award Application Form

Catalyst Grant: Chief Public Health Office (CPHO) Report 2022

This year, the CPHO 2022 Annual Report is focused on climate change action. The report includes opportunities to establish public health as a key collaborator, convenor, and leader in the climate change landscape, promote health and health equity, and inform communities and decision-makers of the public health impacts of climate change. It also identifies opportunities for collective action based on the best available evidence and input from the broader public health community.

This funding opportunity will catalyze research aligned with the opportunities identified in the companion document of the 2022 CPHO Annual Report, Generating Knowledge to inform Public Health Action on Climate Change in Canada, with a portion of funding reserved for Early Career Researchers. It builds on the Institute of Population and Public Health’s (IPPH) previous Catalyst Grant aligned with the 2021 CPHO Annual Report, A Vision to Transform Canada’s Public Health System, focused specifically on strengthening public health systems and supporting core public health functions.

Important Dates

  • Full application: RSO Internal Deadline is noon on Friday, February 24, 2023

Operating Grant: CRISM Network Coordinating Centre

The CRISM Indigenous Engagement Platform will work with the Regional Nodes and the CRISM Coordinating Centre to ensure that Indigenous perspectives are incorporated into the work of the CRISM Network. 

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to establish a foundation for Indigenous-led substance use research by creating and implementing an Indigenous Engagement Platform for the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) to:

  • Expand the reach and impact of CRISM's engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, including Urban Indigenous communities across Canada, and serve as a bridge between the Regional Nodes, the CRISM Network and Indigenous communities;

  • Inform, support and co-lead relevant activities of the CRISM Network Coordinating Centre and the Regional Nodes; and

  • Champion Indigenous-led substance use research to ensure that First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, including Urban Indigenous communities, can engage, lead and participate in substance use research in a meaningful and culturally safe environment that is founded in Indigenous ways of knowing, priorities, and values.

Important Dates:

  • Full application: RSO Internal Deadline is noon on Monday, October 2, 2023

IYS-Net Phase 1: Building Learning Health System Networks

To advance IYS in Canada, Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), the Institute of Neurosciences Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA), the Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF) and the Bell-GBF Partnership and RBC Future Launch have come together to develop the Integrated Youth Services Network of Networks (IYS-Net) Initiative

Through this current funding opportunity (Phase 1), IYS-Net will begin to formalize the development of, and linkages between, all provincial, territorial, and Indigenous IYS networks.

The overarching objective of IYS-Net is to improve mental health services and outcomes for youth and their caregivers/families. This will be done by supporting pan-Canadian research, data and knowledge sharing across the IYS networks, thus enabling evidence-informed decision making that integrates research into practice and policy and strengthens each independent Learning Health System (LHS) network.

Important Dates

  • Registration is due directly to CIHR via ResearchNet by April 4, 2023

  • Full application: RSO Internal Deadline is noon on Friday, May 12, 2023

Café Scientifique Program

Through this Café Scientifique funding opportunity, CIHR will provide funding for events, known as Cafés, that enable knowledge-sharing and open, respectful dialogues between the general public and health researchers on health-related issues of public interest.

Members of the public can engage with health researchers on their health research–related questions, learn about the research evidence, and contribute their views on future research directions. Health researchers can engage with the public on their work, communicate their research results, and gain a better understanding of what’s important to Canadians. Knowledge users, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, community partners, patients, and Person(s) With Lived/Living Experience (PWLLE) will have the opportunity to share their experiences participating in health research and using health research evidence.

Important Dates:

  • Full application: RSO Internal Deadline is noon on Friday, March 10, 2023

Planning and Dissemination Grants - ICS (Winter 2023)

The Planning and Dissemination Grants are intended to provide support for planning and/or dissemination activities (either virtual or in-person) consistent with the mandate of CIHR and relevant to CIHR Institutes and Initiatives.

This funding opportunity is not intended to support the direct cost of research (e.g., pilot projects, feasibility studies or operating grants), principal and co-investigator salaries or research equipment. Primary research or primary data collection will not be supported through this funding opportunity. Any activity that may be perceived as such should be justified (e.g., surveying individuals for the purpose of the project).

Important Dates:

  • Full application: RSO Internal Deadline is noon on Thursday, February 16, 2023

contact CShrnet to share funding opportunities that may be of interest to the Canadian space health research community
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