Fall 2022 RFP

Up to $125,000 in Research Funding Available in World Spine Day Celebration 

In honour of World Spine Day and the Canadian Men’s World Cup bid, the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) and The Foundation for the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences – Canada (The Foundation) have teamed up to offer the profession’s first co-sponsored Request for Proposal (RFP) dedicated to sports science research, with up to $125,000 available in new funding.


This is the first cooperative funding opportunity for both organizations and was inspired by the recent Delphi study led by RCCSS(C) Fellow, Dr. Alex Lee, which identified these three sports-focused priorities:

  • Effects of interventions on athletic outcomes
  •  Research about sports healthcare teams
  •      Clinical research related to spinal manipulative and mobilization therapy


Chiropractic is an integral part of high-level athletics and strongly embedded within the sports performance community. At the same time, many conditions suffered by athletes – like repetitive stress, concussions, and poor ergonomics – are seen in the general public.


By combining resources, CCRF and The Foundation can expand the incredible work being done by Canadian research fellows, encourage international collaborations and improve care for Canadians of all fitness levels and abilities.


Grants for Canada’s first co-funded and sports specific RFP are made possible through the generous support of private donors, corporate partners, the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) and Provincial Associates, representing clinicians from across the country. Their commitment to evidence-based national research is greatly appreciated. 

RFP Details for Fall 2022:

CCRF and The Foundation are pleased to offer the Fall 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP) to researchers and clinicians in the chiropractic and adjacent healthcare fields who meet the eligibility requirements.  The total grant pool for this call is approximately $125,000.  Grants for individual projects start at $5,000.

Granting decisions will be approved by CCRF’s Board of Directors in cooperation with The Foundation and its Board of Directors and will be based on recommendations by CCRF’s Research Committee and representatives of The Foundation for the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada).  

Please note: Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review the following:

How To Apply

To ensure equal access for submitters and support timely grant awards, CCRF uses a straightforward three-step application process. Before applying, please make sure to review this Request for Proposal (RFP) , its eligibility criteria and FAQs thoroughly.

  • Grant seekers submit a brief Letter of Intent (LOI) to provide a succinct overview of their proposal, including a summary of the project concept, the anticipated output and the amount of funding requested
  • LOIs must follow the submission format and instructions below
  • LOIs must be received by 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 16, 2022

LOI Submission Format

  • English language on your organization’s letterhead
  • LOI should be no more than two pages in length, single-sided, single-spaced, Calibri 11-point font, and 1-inch margins with page numbers at the bottom
  • Page One should include:
    • project title
    • general research design
    • applicant’s name, degree, contact information and professional affiliation
    • amount of grant requested
  • Page Two should contain the research abstract, which describes the scope, purpose, methodology, hypothesis of your project and content of the proposed work. Please indicate the anticipated impact of this research and why it is important to further knowledge within one or more of the four CCRF Areas of Focus (Basic Science, Clinical Science, Health Systems, Population Health).
  • Supporting materials, such as peer reviewed publications and biographic information, are optional and can be provided as attachments (maximum two pages)
  • Proposals must be dated and signed by principal applicant
  • Signed proposals must contain the following declarations: “We/I confirm, that to the best of our/my knowledge, this LOI submission is accurate. We/I also certify all identified investigators will fully participate in the proposed work. We/I have read and understood the most recent CCRF Request for Proposal and Letter of Intent Guidelines.”

Submission Instructions

  • A single PDF file containing the LOI and all supporting documents should be emailed to info@chiroresearch.ca no later than 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 16, 2022
  • PDF files should be saved as “LOI_lead submitter last name_institution_year.” (e.g., LOI_Harris_University of Toronto_2022)
  • A confirmation email will be sent within 72 hours of receipt

Proposal evaluation is overseen and administered by the CCRF Research Committee.

  • Every LOI is evaluated
  • Grant applications are provided only to selected projects that align with the objectives and areas of focus outlined in the Current Request for Proposals (RFP)
  • All submitters will be notified of the status of their project. Those who do not receive an application will be notified that a grant will not be offered this cycle.

Based on the LOI, CCRF and The Foundation will provide selected teams with a grant application.

  • Grant applications include a cover letter, project overview, phases and timeline, monetary request, submitter background/qualifications, references, other funding sources (projected and confirmed) and multimedia components (if any).
  • For grant requests over $10,000, a 30-minute videoconference presentation may be requested.
  • Grant applications and LOI budgets are usually identical. If an increase is requested during the grant application stage it should be justified by the submitter.
  • Final funding recommendations are approved by CCRF’s Board of Directors in cooperation with The Foundation’s Board of Directors.  
  • Applicants are informed about proposal status with a letter indicating:
    • A grant will not be offered during this cycle 
    • A grant is approved contingent on standard CCRF terms and conditions.

To be considered for funding by CCRF and The Foundation in this RFP cycle, your project must:

  • Be executed by researchers in good standing within their professional associations and meet all eligibility requirements:
    • At least one Canadian team member, residing in Canada is required
    • A Canadian project lead is preferred but not required
    • At least one team member must be a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
    • A PhD is beneficial but not required if sufficient research, publication experience and institutional support can be demonstrated  
  • Additional funding or in-kind partnerships are desirable but not required
  • Adhere to the parameters set out in this Fall 2022 Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Be conducted in accordance with Canadian legal, regulatory and ethical guidelines
  • Be eligible for publication in an accredited, peer-reviewed journal
  • Be received by the CCRF by 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The Foundation and CCRF invites  proposals that address a wide range of topics. For funding consideration in this RFP cycle your submission must:

  • Clearly show the potential impact  to patients, policymakers, the chiropractic profession and/or healthcare partners
  • Explore gaps in current knowledge or expand on existing studies in meaningful ways
  • Demonstrate fresh thinking and/or innovative use of technology
  • Explore diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) or other important areas of health and/or social intersection
  • Utilize well developed methodologies, appropriate supervision and effective institutional support are strongly encouraged
  • Adhere to all parameters set out in this Fall 2022 Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Be conducted in accordance with Canadian legal, regulatory and ethical guidelines
  • Be eligible for publication in an accredited peer reviewed journal
  • Be received by the CCRF by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Important Dates

  • LOIs must be received by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 16, 2022
  • CCRF will inform applicants if a Grant Application (based on the LOI) will be requested during the week of November 28, 2022
  • Final grant decisions are scheduled to be determined in March 2023

Have a question? Check Grant FAQs

For all other inquiries, please contact us at info@chiroresearch.ca

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