FAQs are based on the most recent information and are subject to change.

CCRF issues two RFPs per year: a general call (spring) and a focused call (fall). Criteria for each RFP will vary and can be found HERE when the RFP is open. Please check these details before you apply.

Typically, individual grants range from $10,000 to $60,000 depending on the nature and total funds available for each RFP. Larger requests will be considered when exceptional value can be demonstrated by the grant seeker(s).

Details can be found under the Grants tab when an RFP is open. 

In most cases, CCRF provides full project funding.


Applications submitted with additional funding confirmed/pending are welcomed. Partial funding may occasionally be offered in special circumstances. 

All researchers in good standing with their professional associations. Please note:

  • At least one team member must be: 
    • Canadian,
    • reside in Canada
    • hold a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) designation
  • A Canadian project lead is preferred but not required
  • A PhD is not required if sufficient research, publication experience and institutional support can be demonstrated or unless otherwise noted in the RFP details for a given call
  • See Who Is Eligible for more details.

CCRF staff is pleased to provide administrative assistance upon request. Proposal content is the sole responsibility of the applicant.

Submit your LOI by email, to If email is not possible, please contact us at (416) 585-7902 ext. 238

LOIs, cover letters and other correspondence can be addressed to The CCRF Research Committee

CCRF prefers projects which can be completed in 18 months or less. Proposals with a longer time frame will be considered with suitable justification.

Our Research Committee reviews every submission that meets RFP call criterion utilizing a proprietary assessment tool. As CCRF welcomes a range of proposals we do not publish detailed content guidelines. 


Historically, successful proposals demonstrate excellent value for money, fresh insights and strong relevance to the advancement of the chiropractic profession and patient care. 


Supplementary funding and/or participation from the submitter’s academic institution is beneficial but not required. 

Proposals are evaluated by our volunteer Research Committee (RC)and an independent scientific reviewer. They are supported by CCRF Executive Director, Robert Harris and Marketing and Communication Specialist, Lisa Denvir.

The Research Committee understands each submission is unique and important outcomes can be delivered through a variety of investments. However, most successful grant applications are focused on expenses directly related to project execution. 


Capital (e.g., technology, equipment) and discretionary expenses (e.g., travel, conferences) require detailed justification.

No. The CCRF accepts applications from all researchers in good standing with recognized professional associations.

No feedback is provided for LOIs. CCRF will provide succinct written feedback to unsuccessful grant applicants upon written request. 

  • Academic institution administrative and/or overhead costs 
  • Scholarships & Academic positions
  • General fundraising campaigns
  • Endowments
  • Partisan political activities
  • Emergency needs
  • Religious activities

CCRF invites proposals for scientifically sound research projects which:

  • Explore at least 1 of our 4 National Research Priorities, unless otherwise specified in the RFP
  • Build meaningfully on past research or demonstrate fresh insights
  • Provide excellent value for money

Please review our Current & Past Grants for funding examples. 

CCRF’s Research Committee favourably views submissions that offer (1) other confirmed sources of funding and (2) strong financial and/or in-kind support from the applicant’s academic institution. This is particularly relevant for projects with larger budgets and/or extended timelines. 


Please note: academic institution administrative and/or overhead costs will not be funded. 

When appropriate, CCRF requires ethics approvals.

Acquiring approval is the sole responsibility of the applicant.

Proof of approval is required prior to fund disbursement, except for projects where ethics approval is not require to conduct the study.

CCRF does not act as an incubator for new products or fund studies primarily designed to provide marketing support for a commercial product/service.

CCRF will consider proposals which study the efficacy or impact of commercial products/services, provided:

  • Appropriate research standards are applied
  • The evidence is presented that such research will provide general benefits to patients and/or the profession

Please Contact us prior to submission if you have questions about whether a proposal with a commercial component would be considered.

Our lean, 3-step submission process attracts dynamic projects from established and emerging researchers.

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