Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA) Summer Program in Aging – "More Years, Better Lives: The Health, Wellness and Participation of Older Adults in the World of Work"

The CIHR Institutes of Aging (IA), Gender and Health (IGH) and Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) have partnered with the Institute for Work & Health to host this exciting and innovative training event. The Summer Program in Aging (SPA) 2015 will be focused on the theme of health, wellness and participation of older adults in the world of work This is the focus of a new large-scale CIHR Strategic Initiative on Work and Health and is an area in which building the future community of scientists is a strong priority for all of the partners.

Trainees who are conducting or who have an interest in learning about the area of health, wellness and participation of older Adults in the world of work and specifically in areas and/or with the perspective that is relevant to the mandate of any of the partner Institutes, are encouraged to apply to this program.

Research areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Health, safety and productivity issues in the aging workforce;
  • Gender differences and needs of the aging workforce;
  • Motivating, managing, retaining and accommodating the aging workforce;
  • Innovations in accommodation for the aging workforce (e.g., flexible employment strategies, new technologies, automation);
  • Understanding and enabling older workers' musculoskeletal health;
  • Understanding and enabling older workers' mental health;
  • Current and future demographics of the aging workforce;
  • Economic and social drivers of delayed retirement; and
  • Intergenerational communication and collaboration in the workplace, among other topics.

The 2015 Summer Program in Aging will take place from June 1 to 5, 2015 at:

Osgoode Professional Development
Osgood Hall Law School of York University
1 Dundas Street West Suite 2602, P.O. Box 42
Toronto, ON Canada  M5G 1Z3

SPA 2015 Training Program Objectives

The aim of the SPA 2015 Training Program is to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in, or interested in learning about, research on health, wellness and participation of older adults in the world of work, an advanced training program that crosses disciplines, sectors, institutions and geography.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  1. Gain an understanding of critical processes for academic success through plenary and practical sessions;
  2. Present a research area of interest related to the theme of this SPA “Health, Wellness and Participation of Older Adults in the World of Work” to participants, mentors and local academic experts through a poster;
  3. Examine multidisciplinary research collaborations in the context of the health, wellness and participation of older adults in the world of work theme;
  4. Become more aware of, and more skilled in, the meaningful integration of gender and sex in research on work and health;
  5. Gain a better understanding on how to develop and further integrate a multidisciplinary patient-oriented research approach in the context of musculoskeletal health research;
  6. Gain an understanding of the methodologies used in longitudinal studies and in particular, learn about the potential uses of the data and expertise contained within the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and its multidisciplinary research applications;
  7. Learn skills in grant preparation, peer review, communication and knowledge translation;
  8. Explore professionalism and ethics in the context of research on Work and Health and related fields;
  9. Network with other emerging researchers and with academic mentors from across the country and abroad.

Outline of the Proposed Training Program

Over the course of the SPA 2015 training program, approximately 50 research trainees and numerous academic mentors will participate in interactive learning sessions. The program will be designed primarily around three types of sessions: a limited number of lectures, small group sessions with mentors and plenary sessions designed to provide rich opportunity for interaction between participants.

Each SPA participant will be required to prepare a poster exploring a research area of interest related to the theme of this SPA “Health, Wellness and Participation of Older Adults in the World of Work”, their current area of research and how this area could eventually link with the theme of this SPA. Throughout the training program, these posters will be drawn upon to enrich the experience and open the future horizons for research for participants.

The CIHR-IA will provide travel grants to eligible participants to travel to the 2015 Summer Program in Aging and to present their poster exploring a research area of interest related to the theme of this SPA “Health, Wellness and Participation of Older Adults in the World of Work”. Please see the CIHR-IA SPA 2015 Travel Grant Program for more information on eligibility criteria.

Candidates interested in participating in SPA 2015 and that require funding for their travel MUST apply separately, to both the SPA 2015 Training Program and the CIHR-IA SPA 2015 Travel Award competitions.

CIHR-IA SPA 2015 Travel Grant Program

SPA 2015 Training Program: "More Years, Better Lives: The Health, Wellness and Participation
of Older Adults in the World of Work"

Application deadline January 26, 2015
Notification deadline April 17, 2015
  • Interested candidates are encouraged, when applicable, to apply to both programs at the same time, through separate application portals.
  • Interested candidates who do not, or who can not, apply for the CIHR-IA SPA 2015 Travel Grants, can still apply and be accepted in the SPA 2015 Training Program, but will need to identify alternative sources of funding to cover their travel expenses to the SPA 2015 Training Program and provide proof of this in their application.

Eligibility Requirements for Participation in SPA 2015 Training Program

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time in a Master's or PhD program; or be granted a postdoctoral fellowship at a Canadian University; or follow post-graduate clinical training that includes a program of research;
  • Have an interest in research in the area of health, wellness and participation of older Adults in the world of work ;
  • Be Canadian citizens or have landed immigrant status (a few positions may be open to trainees at Canadian institutions who do not meet either criteria);
  • Have applied to the CIHR-IA SPA 2015 Travel Grant competition or have secured alternative sources of funding to cover their travel expenses (the applicant will need to provide proof of their sources of funding);
  • Have a commitment from their academic supervisor to cover the 500$ registration fees. If the application is accepted, the payment will need to be made before April 25th , 2015;
  • Be committed to attend the entire SPA 2015 Training Program (June 1-5 2015);
  • Be attending a SPA program for the first time. If the applicant has previously attended a SPA Training Program, s/he is requested to contact the Institute of Aging to evaluate eligibility for the SPA 2015 Training Program, as the curricula of SPA Training Programs vary.

CIHR-IA SPA 2015 Training Program and Travel Grants Application Procedures

Candidates interested in participating in both the SPA 2015 Training Program and receiving a CIHR-IA SPA 2015 Travel must complete both steps A and B as described below. Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply to both at the same time.

STEP A: CIHR-IA SPA 2015 Travel Grant Application Procedure (deadline January 26, 2015)
Applicants interested in participating in SPA 2015 Training Program and requiring travel funding must apply for a travel award to CIHR-IA SPA 2015 Travel Grants by January 26th  2015. For eligibility criteria, abstract submission information and to apply, visit CIHR-IA SPA Travel Grant application.

STEP B: SPA 2015 Training Program Application Procedure (deadline January 26, 2015)
All candidates (including those who have applied for a CIHR-IA SPA 2015 Travel Grant) are required to apply online to the SPA 2015 Training Program by January 26th  2015

The SPA Training Program registration fee for accepted applicants is 500$ (a commitment from the academic supervisor to cover this cost is required).

Required information includes, among others:

  • Abstract exploring a research area of interest related to the theme of SPA  2015 « More Years, Better Lives: The Health, Wellness and Participation of Older Adults in the World of Work »  (for CIHR-IA SPA 2015 Travel Grants applicants, the same abstract submitted is required). If accepted, participants will be required to prepare a poster to present their research area of interest, their current area of research and how this area could eventually link with the theme of this SPA ;
  • Overview of proposed career path (max 200 words);
  • Statement of Interest to participate in SPA 2015 Training Program as it relates to the SPA 2015 theme “Health, Wellness and Participation of Older Adults in the World of Work" (max 200 words);
  • CV. The CIHR or common CV format is encouraged (max. 3 pages);
  • A signed recommendation letter on official letterhead from the applicant’s academic supervisor, with an assessment of the applicant’s potential to continue with research in the area of health, wellness and participation of older Adults in the world of work. The letter should also include the academic supervisor’s commitment to cover the $500 registration fee from his/her research funds if the application is accepted, and if applicable, travel expenses for candidates who did not secure travel costs through the CIHR-IA SPA 2015 Travel Grants. Supervisors may write letters of recommendation for up to two trainees, with the understanding that only one trainee per supervisor is likely to be selected to participate in SPA 2015 Training Program.

For more information and to apply, visit SPA 2015 Training Program online-application.

Selection Procedure

An application review committee will select a limited number of students, based on eligibility criteria, research interests, range of disciplinary backgrounds, recommendation letter and institutional geographical distribution. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decisions by April 17, 2015.

For more information, contact:

Ms. Flamine Alary at SPA@criugm.qc.ca

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