IG Institute Community Support (ICS) Program

The ICS Program is designed to foster community development by providing grants and awards to individuals and organizations for the purposes of:

  • Aiding research and knowledge translation activities where the circumstances fall outside of CIHR's current suite of funding programs.
  • Supporting individuals and organizations whose goals are consistent with CIHR and its Institutes' vision, mandate and strategic directions.

The ICS Program is not intended to support the direct cost of research (e.g., pilot projects, feasibility studies or operating grants), principal investigator and co-investigator salaries, or research equipment.

Institute of Genetics (IG) ICS Program

IG has developed four funding programs under the framework of the ICS Program:

  • Travel Awards – EURORDIS Summer School (Winter 2017)
    • Objective: In partnership with EURORDIS, to provide Canadian rare diseases patients' advocate and Canadian rare diseases researchers the opportunity to participate in the EURORDIS 2017 Summer School. Application deadline: January 30, 2017. Please contact us for more details.
  • Computational Biology Undergraduate Summer Student Health Research Award (2017)
    • Objective: To provide undergraduate students in the life sciences, mathematics and computer sciences with an opportunity to undertake computational biology health-related research projects with established researchers in an environment that provides strong mentorship.
  • Planning and Dissemination Grants (Winter 2017)
    • Objective: To support planning activities, partnership development and/or increasing understanding of the health research landscape that will contribute to the advancement of research consistent with the mandate of the CIHR Institute of Genetics (IG); and/or; to support dissemination events/activities that focus on the communication of health research evidence to the appropriate researcher and/or knowledge user audience(s), tailoring the message and medium as appropriate.
  • Travel Awards - Summer Program in Taiwan (Winter 2017)
    • Objective: To provide Canadian graduate students (master’s or doctoral level) with first-hand research experience in an international setting, while also affording an orientation to Taiwan's culture and language.

The IG contribution to the amount available for this program is subject to availability of funds voted annually to CIHR by parliamentary appropriations, and the conditions that may be attached to them.

The funds available and allowable costs for each program, along with the program description, application information, review process, and evaluation criteria are outlined in the funding opportunities linked above.

Institute Support Grant

New PI Meeting

The Institute of Genetics has been hosting its Annual New Principal Investigators Meeting for 16 years. It represents a mentorship and networking event designed to strengthen the professional development of junior faculty working in the mandate areas of IG, and has been co-organized with many other institutes of CIHR over the years. Evaluations of past meetings have indicated that the more than 1,400 new investigators who have attended a meeting has found it to be a valuable experience.

Topics include presentations covering a range of subjects of common interest to new principal investigators, to enhance career development of basic, clinical, applied and health services and policy researchers. Established scientists act as mentors and lead sessions on grant writing, the mechanics of peer review, and the administrative and human resource challenges of running a laboratory or research team.


Gene researcher for a week program (GRFAW) is a short training program designed to support growth of next generation genetic researchers. GRFAW provides a learning experience for high school students who have not had lab experience from other programs.

The program is application based and offered to Canadian high schoolers (Grades 11, 12, CEGEP level-I and Sec 5) who are passionate about human genetic research. Students will spend five days in a research lab during their spring break. The program outcomes are as follows:

  • Connecting the next generation of scientists to genetic researchers
  • Positive impacts on students’ future career plans
  • Creating a network of students who become the program ambassadors

For more details on the application date, criteria and process go to Gene Researcher for a Week.

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