Interdisciplinary Health Research Program

Celebrating 50 years of funding academic health research 

As part of HRF’s 50th anniversary celebration, a new Academic Interdisciplinary Health Research program has been developed. 

Interdisciplinary research integrates knowledge from multiple disciplines to address a problem that is beyond the scope of a single area of research.  These collaborations can not only enhance our ability to find better treatments for patients, but also increase the ability of these treatments to be effectively translated into practice.

The HRF Academic Interdisciplinary Health Research Grants encourage and foster collaboration on areas specific to health where a broad range of expertise will add value to improve patient outcomes and healthcare sustainability.  The objectives of this program are to increase inter-faculty research collaboration and contribute to the development of Canadian leadership capacity in interdisciplinary research.

This program has approximately $1,000,000 to fund interdisciplinary health research in Canadian research-based academic institutions.  There are two streams of funding for this program:

Interdisciplinary Health Research Team Grant

Four grants are available for up to $200,000 each over three years.  This program will fund applied research teams composed of researchers from multiple faculties working together to answer patient-focused research questions. 

Graduate or Post Graduate Interdisciplinary Health Research Awards

Six awards are available in the amount of $30,000 each for one year of research support.  Funds will be awarded to a developing researcher who is or will be participating on an interdisciplinary research team and who demonstrates their potential to succeed in interdisciplinary research.


Program Announcement May 15, 2014
Call for Applications September 1, 2014
Application Deadline    October 17, 2014
Peer Review Process October 17, 2014 - December 1, 2014
Award Notification    Due to overwhelming applications, we anticipate results communicated February 27, 2015