Canada Biomedical Research Fund

The Canada Biomedical Research Fund (CBRF) is an institutional program administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) housed at Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) on behalf of the three federal research funding agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and SSHRC. The CBRF is based on an ecosystem approach and is designed to build on existing assets, infrastructure, partnerships, and strengths of institutions and to support targeted investments for maximum impact. The total budget for CBRF is $250 million over four years starting in 2022-2023.

At the same time, the BRIF will support the bioscience infrastructure needs of postsecondary institutions and research hospitals by investing $500 million over four years, starting in 2021-2022. On September 21, 2021, the CFI released a Call for proposals for the first phase of the BRIF competition — a $150 million investment to support containment levels 3 and 4 (CL3 and CL4) facilities capable of working with human pathogens.

Consistent with the coordinated approach taken to investments under the Strategy, the CBRF and the remaining BRIF funding ($350 million) will be delivered collaboratively by TIPS and the CFI through an integrated competition to maximize impact and ensure that investments under the two programs complement and reinforce each other. A key element of the CBRF is the selection at Stage 1 of a limited number of research hubs (3 to 5). It is through these hubs that the research and infrastructure proposals will be submitted when the open national calls for CBRF and BRIF will be launched at Stage 2.

A Research Hub is a coalition of research actors that integrates research organizations, including institutional, not-for-profit, private and/or public organizations. One eligible institution will be designated to serve as a "lead" for each Hub. Building on existing capacity and a track record of investment in people, research and infrastructure, each Hub pursues a research program for high-risk, applied biomedical research, training development, and associated infrastructure to support the end-to-end biomanufacturing pipeline, in alignment with the Strategy.

The joint CBRF and BRIF competitions will be delivered in two stages, which will both include peer review and strategic review processes:

Stage 1:

Selection of research hubs (co-led by CFI and TIPS, and administered by TIPS)

May 19, 2022: Notice of intent deadline             

July 21, 2022: Application deadline      

Fall 2022: Results announced  

See Regulations, policies and related information for other useful resources.

 

Stage 2:       

Open national call for the selection of partnered research and infrastructure projects associated with the selected Research Hubs (co-led by CFI and TIPS)  

All applicants must complete a notice of intent to apply to Stage 2, followed by a full application. Further details on Stage 2 of the integrated CBRF-BRIF (for research projects and research infrastructure) will be shared as available.

 

More information is available on the CBRF-BRIF webpage and will continue to be updated throughout the competition, including information on upcoming webinars. 

 

For all questions or comments on CBRF, we invite you to contact the program’s senior manager at TIPS:

 Valérie Laflamme, Associate Vice-President: valerie.laflamme@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

 

This is an institutional grant. More information will be forthcoming upon the official launch of the program, including the internal timeline and process details for proposal development support from the ISA (isa@sfu.ca).

Upcoming Deadlines

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May 19, 2023May 19, 2023 *
16:00:00 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Canada Biomedical Research Fund The Canada Biomedical Research Fund (CBRF) is an institutional program administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) housed at Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) on behalf of the three federal research funding agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and SSHRC. The CBRF is based on an ecosystem approach and is designed to build on existing assets, infrastructure, partnerships, and strengths of institutions and to support targeted investments for maximum impact. The total budget for CBRF is $250 million over four years starting in 2022-2023. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.
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