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CIHR Canadian Immunization Research Network

Sponsor CIHR (Institute of Infection and Immunity (CIHR-III) in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC))
Posted 2013-11-06
Internal Deadline 2014-05-12
External Deadline 2014-05-15











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Competition 201312CNL (Phase 1: Letter of Intent) 201405CNF (Phase 2: Application)
Application Deadline 2013-12-16 2014-05-15
Anticipated Notice of Decision 2014-02-17 2014-07-01
Funding Start Date 2014-02-01 2014-06-01


The CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity, and the PHAC Centre for Immunization and respiratory infectious diseases are pleased to announce the launch of a new funding opportunity to address important priority areas in public health and in immunization research. This funding opportunity will support the formation of a single Canadian Immunization Research Network. The objectives of this funding opportunity are to:



  • Develop a formal organizational infrastructure to facilitate collaborative research among vaccine and immunization researchers, clinicians, public health professionals, and policy makers;

  • Create and strengthen links and facilitate two-way knowledge exchange among vaccine and immunization researchers, and between these researchers and decision makers, by improving established knowledge exchange and policy development mechanisms;

  • Develop and test methodologies to test vaccines in areas such as safety, short- and long-term effectiveness and protection, and adverse reactions;

  • Examine vaccine hesitancy and develop strategies to address it;

  • Evaluate current immunization programs for coverage and effectiveness;

  • Create and support a rapid response research capacity; and

  • Train the next generation of vaccine and immunization researchers.


The Network will create new capacity for timely evaluation of vaccines for a variety of infectious diseases, improve immunization programs and coverage nationwide, and build strong links between the research community and key decision makers. Accordingly, the Network will contribute to the establishment of a clinical trials resource for vaccine-preventable diseases and create research infrastructure that could be rapidly mobilized and used in the event of an infectious disease outbreak.

Funding will be provided for a Network that addresses the following research areas:



  • Rapid evaluation of candidate vaccines for safety and immunogenicity in persons of all ages;

  • Population based methods to evaluate vaccine effectiveness and safety following release for general use;

  • Vaccine hesitancy and evaluation of strategies to address hesitancy;

  • Vaccine coverage, including isolated communities and cohorts of concern; and

  • Adverse events following immunization.


This funding opportunity will provide $6,600,000 to support the formation and operation of a national network for 3 years. A single $25,000 development grant will be available to the single, highest ranked application at the Letter of Intent stage.

Full details on this funding opportunity, including application deadlines and instructions, can be found here.


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Last updated: 2014-01-22 12:59:59