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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) recently announced an Operating Grant: COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use Service Needs and Delivery.  This funding opportunity is part of the Government of Canada’s continued rapid response to address the health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. A summary is provided below.  


Objective are to:

  • move further in the direction of implementation science and population-level intervention research to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and its containment measures on mental health and substance use
  • more explicitly address the specific mental health and/or substance use crisis response needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and/or the strategies to contain and mitigate its impact
  • help prepare the mental health and/or substance use health care systems for the COVID-19 post-pandemic future, including additional, unexpected crises.


The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

  • To understand and address the acute mental health and/or substance use needs of individuals, communities and/or populations, and/or the effects on related care systems, due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • To develop the evidence to better match access to mental health and/or substance use services with the people who need them the most, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Required Overhead




Up to $200K



1 year



Registration due at agency Thursday, June 18, 2020
Full proposal due at ORS for full review Monday, June 22, 2020
Final proposal and fully signed ORS Checklist due at ORS for required review By 9:00 am Monday, July 6, 2020
Full proposal due at agency Tuesday, July 7, 2020


Please contact your Faculty Research Officer for information on their internal deadlines.


For complete details on this opportunity and how to apply, please visit the following website:



ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here: