Western uses the Electronic Approval Tool in ResearchNet to submit applications to CIHR. Applicants at Western no longer need to provide ink signatures on Page 3 of the Signature Pages section. It is, however, the responsibility of the applicant to obtain any other required ink signatures prior to submitting the application by September 4, or institutional approval cannot be granted and the application will not be submitted to the agency.
The CIHR Doctoral Research Awards Program funds applications in any area of health research. Two streams of scholarships are administered through a single application:
The Frederick Banting & Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Awards (CGSD) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada.
The Doctoral Foreign Study Awards (DFSA) program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field abroad.
Students apply to the CIHR Doctoral Awards program and top-ranked applicants are awarded a CGSD or DFSA depending on the proposed location where the doctoral degree will be pursued. Both awards are of equivalent value. Additional funds are available in specific research areas to support Doctoral Research Award applications that are funded outside of the CGSD or DFSA program. The annual Priority Announcement identifies the specific research areas for applications.
NEW! The Tri-Agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) have harmonized their post-award policies (where possible) for research training programs and have incorporated these policies into a harmonized Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder's Guide. These policies are effective as of September 1, 2016 and the Guide is available on NSERC's website.