Bridge Funding Program

Maintain the momentum of your research project

WCHRI is now offering a twelve-month Bridge Funding Program for CIHR applications that have just missed the funding cut-off. Bridge funding is intended to help sustain research momentum to support WCHRI members successfully reapplication to the following CIHR competition.


All applications to WCHRI must align with our relevance criteria in order to be eligible for funding.

In addition, the applicant must:

  • have been within the top 30–35% of the current CIHR project competition.
  • provide documented financial need to evidence funding is required for the research project to maintain research momentum.
  • not have held bridge funding from WCHRI within the last three years.
  • be WCHRI academic member for not less than one year prior to application; except new recruits with an academic appointment of less than one year at time of application to WCHRI.

Applicants are encouraged to have participated in the University of Alberta Grant Assist Program (GAP) review but this is not a requirement. Those investigators who have not previously held CIHR grants but meet the other criteria are eligible to apply for bridge funding.


The deadline for submission of bridge funding applications to WCHRI is February 8, 2019. Applications must be submitted to WCHRI using the WCHRI Grants electronic submission portal. Late applications will not be accepted.

Application form

For further information

Contact WCHRI Grants Administration at