Indigenous COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity

This funding opportunity is part of the Government of Canada’s continued rapid response to address the health challenges of the viral COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will enable rapid and timely research responsive to the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, which is focused on slowing and stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus and mitigating the health and social consequences of the disease. The Government of Canada will provide funding for research focused on addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of Indigenous Peoples.

Research Areas

This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to one or more of the following research areas:

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Understanding and Experience with Respect to COVID-19
  • Delivering COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, Self-Isolation and Other Management Practices, and Policies Related to Indigenous Peoples and the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Culturally Safe COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Indigenous Peoples

This funding opportunity will provide funds for two streams of research:

  1. Knowledge Synthesis Grants
  2. Evaluation and Assessment Grants

Funds Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2,000,000, enough to fund approximately 15 grants.
  • Of this total amount:
    • Up to $1,000,000 is available to fund applications relevant to Knowledge Synthesis Grants. The maximum amount per Knowledge Synthesis Grant is $100,000 per year for up to one year.
    • Up to $1,000,000 is available to fund applications relevant to Evaluation and Assessment Grants.  The maximum amount per Evaluation and Assessment Grant is $200,000 per year for up to one year.


  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be:
    1. an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate.


    2. an individual affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate.


    3. an individual (an independent researcher or a knowledge user) affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution and/or its affiliated institutions (including hospitals, research institutes and other non-profit organizations with a mandate for health research and/or knowledge translation).


    4. an individual (an independent researcher or a knowledge user) working in a municipal, provincial or territorial government in Canada where the activity which forms the subject matter of the funding is not being funded by specific programs of those municipal, provincial and territorial governments.

  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.

  3. The team must include at least one (1) team member from each of the following categories:

    1. an Indigenous Elder and/or an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper* identified on the application as a Principal Knowledge User or Knowledge User.

    2. Sex and Gender Champion identified on the application in any role, with experience in meaningful and culturally safe sex and gender-based analysis or gender diversity in Indigenous communities.

  4. The Nominated Principal Applicant and Sex and Gender Champion must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and submit a Certificate of Completion.

How to Apply

  • The application process for this funding opportunity is comprised of two steps: 1. Registration and 2. Full Application

Registration Deadline: Nov 10, 2020

Full Application Deadline: Dec 8, 2020


SFU Signature Sheet and CIHR Routing Slip due to ORS 3 business days before the full application deadline. 

Upcoming Deadlines