New cannabis research funding opportunities from CIHR

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research recently announced new funding opportunities for researchers looking into cannabis and cannabis use. 

The federal agency is looking to provide funding for both existing longitudinal studies as well as a new longitudinal study on cannabis use in veterans.

The existing longitudinal study will ask researchers to build upon the body of research from CIHR and its partners under the Integrated Cannabis Research Strategy (ICRS), looking at issues of human development, child and youth health as it relates to cannabis use and cannabis legalization in Canada.

One million dollars in funding is available to fund two applications relevant to the Human Development, Child and Youth Health funding pool. The maximum amount per grant is $100,000 per year for up to five years for a total of $500,000, per grant.

The second area of funding, the new longitudinal study on cannabis use in Veteran’s, will be asking researchers to develop a new longitudinal cohort observational study to look at the “benefits and harms of medically authorized cannabis use in Canadian Armed Forces Veterans, including symptoms of cannabis use disorder”.

Two million dollars is available to fund four applications relevant to neurosciences, mental health, and addictions research. The maximum amount per grant is $100,000 per year for up to 5 years for a total of $500,000, per grant.

Another $750,000 is available from Veterans’ Affairs Canada to fund one application relevant to the Veterans Health funding pool. The maximum amount per grant is $150,000 per year for up to 5 years for a total of $750,000.

  • The registration deadline for researchers is December 1, 2021.
  • The application deadline is January 12, 2022.
  • For those approved, funding will begin on July 1, 2022. 

For more information on the research opportunities and eligibility, visit this link.


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