CCRF is a world leader in chiropractic research, working to expand the body of evidence and best practices for MSK health in partnership with clinicians for the benefit of patients.

CCRF invests in scientifically sound projects with local, national and global impact. Our lean, straightforward process minimizes bureaucracy and attracts dynamic projects from established and emerging researchers.


Twice a year clinicians, researchers and other organizations are invited to submit proposals (RFPs) for project grants through CCRF’s National Research Fund. Support for this fund is provided through the generosity of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, our Provincial Associates representing clinicians from across Canada and our country-wide network of private donors.

Steps to Apply



Letter of Intent (LOI)

Step 1: Applicants review current RFP guidelines and submit an LOI outlining proposal scope and focus.




Step 2: Following LOI evaluation, applicants will either be invited to prepare a Grant Application or notified a grant will not be offered this cycle.



Grant Application

Step 3: Following Grant Application evaluation, submitters will receive an approval of funding or be notified a grant will not be offered this cycle.

How We Work

CCRF’s RFP Process

Twice a year, CCRF invites grant proposals (RFPs) from Canadian researchers, clinicians, health institutions and university faculty, as well as collaborative projects headed by recognized professional leaders. Funding is provided through CCRF’s National Research Fund, thanks to the very generous support of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and our Provincial Associates, representing clinicians from across Canada.


Criteria and available funding for each RFP varies. Before you apply, please make sure to review the Current RFP Criteria, where you’ll find eligibility details and submission information for your Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

Submissions must reflect at least one of CCRF’s 4 National Research Priorities and follow recognized scientific and ethical standards.

Proposal evaluation is overseen and administered by CCRF’s Research Committee. Final funding recommendations are approved by the Board of Directors. Grant applicants who do not receive funding can receive succinct written feedback on their submissions upon request.

Grants are approved contingent on standard CCRF terms and conditions.

CCRF’s National Research Priorities

Based on formal local and national consultations, CCRF is committed to funding projects supporting four national priorities: Basic Science, Clinical Science, Health Systems and Population Health.


The descriptive questions for each priority have been vetted by the chiropractic research community.

    • Basic Science
      What are the physiologic mechanisms contributing to the clinical manifestation and therapeutic responses to interventions commonly used by chiropractors in the management of chronic and acute musculoskeletal pain?
    • Clinical Science
      What are the effects of interventions commonly used by chiropractors on clinical outcomes in the management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction?
    • Health Systems
      Does the inclusion of chiropractors in an interdisciplinary healthcare setting to address musculoskeletal conditions improve healthcare resource management and patient outcomes?
    • Population Health
      What impact does the inclusion of chiropractors, or the interventions commonly used by chiropractors, have on the musculoskeletal health outcomes of specific sub-groups of the population, such as the elderly and children/adolescents?
CCRF's Research Committee

The CCRF’s five-member Research Committee (RC) oversees the CCRF Request for Proposal (“RFP”) process and makes recommendations for funding to the CCRF board.  Each member of this committee is an experienced clinician with background in research and professional publication. Please meet CCRF’s current Research Committee:

  • Dr. Richard McIlmoyle, DC, Chair
  • Dr. Shawn Thistle, DC, CCA Representative
  • Dr. Aaron Puhl, DC
  • TBD
  • TBD

Details on the Research Committee can be found here.

Standard Terms & Conditions – Key Aspects:


  •      Entire award is paid within 90 days of receipt by CCRF (“Funder”) of executed RFD letter (“RFD”) by grant recipient

  •      Award is paid to Recipient’s institutional business office (“IBO”), or similar designated entity, for retention on Project’s behalf. Through Recipient’s IBO, award expenditure details are recorded, controlled and authorized.

  •      Recipient will immediately inform and seek CCRF’s approval of material changes to Project’s methodology, schedule and/or primary investigators. If Project is significantly delayed, becomes unfeasible or does not progress for other reasons (e.g., investigator illness or departure), Recipient, and/or a representative of the Recipient’s institution, will contact Funder to discuss administration of remaining award, which may include the return of unused monies to Funder.    

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