NHMRC- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Healthy Cities Implementation Science (HCIS) Team Grant Scheme will support Australian participation and collaboration in world-leading implementation science research seeking to improve population health and well-being in multiple urban–environments. 

Program Description

NHMRC is partnering with CIHR to support research proposals that aim to improve the understanding of how to design, implement and promote systematic and equitable uptake of evidence-based interventions, to improve population health and well-being in multiple urban–environments in Canada and Australia. 

NHMRC has allocated up to $5 million over five years to support the Australian component of projects commencing in 2022. The maximum amount of funding is $1,250,000 per grant. The focus of this funding opportunity is on implementation science for population health research studies in specific thematic research areas:

  • Healthcare Systems, Services and Policies
  • Healthy Ageing 
  • Musculoskeletal Health, Mobility or Prevention (including skin and oral health) 
  • Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
  • Urban Indigenous Health
  • Population and Public Health

For more information on the call, refer to the CIHR website and FAQs.

Partner Linkage Tool
CIHR is providing a linkage tool for the Healthy Cities Research Initiative designed to facilitate partnerships between researchers, municipal or other government organisations, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, not-for-profit or other organisations.

Application Process

  • CIHR invites Stage 1 submissions against advertised thematic research areas 
    • Canadian-based Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) submits the  Letter of Intent on behalf of the research collaboration
  • CIHR conducts assessment of Stage 1 submissions
  • CIHR and NHMRC invite successful Stage 1 applicants to submit a Stage 2 application. NHMRC invites successful Australian-based researchers to apply to NHMRC for support of the Australian components of the research by submitting an application in Sapphire
  • CIHR conducts peer review of all Stage 2 applications submitted
  • CIHR advises NHMRC of Stage 2 applications deemed fundable by the CIHR
  • NHMRC conducts eligibility checks for the eligible Australian collaborations
  • NHMRC reviews the budget requested for the Australian collaborations
  • Funding recommendations approval process.


The NHMRC-CIHR Healthy Cities Implementation Science Team Grant Scheme has specific eligibility criteria, applications will be excluded from consideration if eligibility requirements are not met:

  • Applications must address one of the thematic research areas listed above. 
  • The Chief Investigator A (CIA) and their associated Australian Administering Institution must be named as the lead Australian Partner Investigator on the Letter of Intent (Stage 1) and full CIHR HCIS Team Grants application (Stage 2) submitted to the CIHR. 
  • The Canadian NPA of the CIHR collaborating project must be listed in the research team as the CIB in the Australian collaborator’s application to NHMRC.
  • Other Australian researchers listed on the CIHR application (Stage 2) must be identified as CIs (CIC-CIJ) in the application to NHMRC.
  • A Stage 1 application must be selected by CIHR to proceed to Stage 2 application based on review by CIHR in order for the associated Australian CIA to receive an invitation to submit an application to NHMRC (if applicable).
  • An individual with expertise in the relevant research area, knowledge of the Australian city, and who holds a position in policy development, senior community leadership or management at a local government level or in a community-based organisation must be involved with the development of the intervention or study and/or be involved in the testing/rolling out of the intervention. This individual must be listed as an Associate Investigator in the application to NHMRC. 

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
5 years
Level of funding

Outcomes of funding rounds