APPROACHING DEADLINE – November 7, 2017 – Catalyst Grant: Sex as a Variable in Biomedical Research – Institute for Gender and Health



One month left to apply!


In 2015, the Institute of Gender and Health launched the first Sex as a Variable in Biomedical Research Catalyst Grant competitionThis funding opportunity aimed to encourage biomedical scientists to include sex as a variable in their research questions and experimental designs.

In response to the success of this program, the Institute of Gender and Health, the Institute of Aging, the Institute of Infection and Immunity, the Institute of Cancer Research, the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health and the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis are launching a second round of this competition.

Funding Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $3,450,000, enough to fund approximately 23 grants.
  • The maximum amount per grant is $75,000 per year for up to 2 years. This funding is non-renewable.

View the full request for applications

Important dates

  • Application deadline: November 7, 2017
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: May 30, 2018
  • Funding start date: May 1, 2018
  • In-person meeting of successful applicants: Spring 2019 (Dates and location TBC)

In May 2017, we convened grantees from the first catalyst grant at an in-person meeting where they had the opportunity to network with and get advice from senior researchers in the field of sex differences. Here is some of the feedback we received:

“People need to be more aware of this burning problem.”

“It gave us the motivation to start looking at sex differences, and now we have integrated it into the philosophy of the lab.”

“It changed how we think.”

“We need more initiatives like this and more money dedicated to sex differences.”


Contact information:

CIHR Contact Centre
613-954-1968 or

To learn more about how sex can be integrated into biomedical research, check out IGH’s free online course.