CIHR-IAPH launches new research funding program for Two-Eyed Seeing in Aboriginal health   December 14, 2012

On 12 December 2012, CIHR-IAPH (Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health) launched a new research funding opportunity entitled "Applying the Two-Eyed Seeing" model to Aboriginal health research.

Read the January 2013 posting from the Cape Breton University website about this CIHR announcement and the fact that  Two-Eyed Seeing is the guiding principle for Integrative Science as suggested by Mi'kmaw Elder Albert Marshall of Eskasoni First Nation.  CIHR explicitly attributes the Two-Eyed Seeing model to Elder Albert in its announcement for the new research funding. 

Also read the December 2012 newsletter of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health wherein the new funding announcment is profiled, along with other developments with respect to Aboriginal health research in Canada.

More information about the CIHR funding can be found below.

Program Name:  Operating Grant:  Winter 2013 Priority Announcement (Specific Research Areas)

Applying the “Two-eyed Seeing” Model to Aboriginal Health (TWO)


  • The CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH) will provide funding for applications that are determined to be relevant to the application of the concept of “two-eyed seeing”, as put forward by Mi’kmaq Elder Albert Marshall. The Institute is interested in funding projects using the two-eyed seeing approach in any area relevant to its mandate.
  • Two-eyed seeing recognizes the benefits of seeing from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous ways of knowing, and to see from the other eye with the strengths of Western ways of knowing, and finally to use both of these eyes together. Projects that have a two-eyed seeing approach will be considered eligible under this Priority Announcement.
  • The IAPH mandate is to foster the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada, through research, knowledge translation and capacity building. The Institute's pursuit of research excellence is enhanced by respect for community research priorities and Indigenous knowledge, values and cultures.

Funds Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $1,200,000. This amount may increase if additional funding partners decide to participate.
  • The maximum amount awarded for a single grant is $200,000 per annum for up to three (3) years.