IGH Institute Community Support (ICS) Program (2015-2016)

The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) is an international leader in fostering research that explores how sex and gender influence health. Through our commitment to knowledge translation, we facilitate the application of these research findings to address pressing health challenges facing men, women, girls, boys and gender diverse people. In keeping with CIHR's commitment to investing in world-class research excellence, the purpose of IGH's Institute Community Support (ICS) Program is to build capacity for gender, sex and health research and knowledge translation.

IGH is specifically interested in training, retaining, and sustaining a healthy research foundation by providing recognition and support through its ICS Program. Through the ICS Program, IGH provides funds to applicants whose research is relevant to the mission of IGH. Whether training/research in the area of biomedical, clinical, health systems or population health research, all applicants who bring a substantive focus on gender, sex and health to their research are encouraged to apply to the IGH ICS Program. "Substantive" means that gender and/or sex are an integral aspect of the applicant's research process. IGH funds four types of awards and one grant through its ICS Program (please see individual funding opportunity pages for specific eligibility requirements):

  1. IGH Travel Awards

    Application deadlines: end of May 2015, end of September 2015.

    This award (worth up to $2,500) provides funding for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows presenting their own research at national or international meetings, conferences or symposia. For more information, please see the Other: Travel Awards – Institute Community Support funding opportunity on the CIHR Funding Opportunities Database. IGH's research foci, eligibility requirements and funding levels are outlined in the "Partner Description" section of the Travel Awards funding opportunity.

    The May 2015 travel awards competition will be launched mid-April 2015. Please note that if you are unable to find this funding opportunity in the CIHR Funding Opportunity Database this means that there is no current competition.

    Past Travel Award Recipients: June 2011 and after

  2. IGH Award for Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research

    Application deadline: October 7, 2015

    This award (valued at $1,000) recognizes outstanding gender, sex and health research carried out by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For more information, please visit the IGH Award for Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research page.

    Past Award for Excellence Recipients

  3. Gender, Sex and Health Trainee Knowledge Translation Supplements

    Application deadline: October 7, 2015

    This award (worth up to $5,000) supports the capacity of trainees to engage in the knowledge translation of their own gender, sex and health research. For more information, please visit the IGH Gender, Sex and Health Trainee Knowledge Translation Supplements page.

    Past KT Supplement Recipients

  4. IGH Gender, Sex and Health Research Skills Development Awards

    Application deadline: October 7, 2015

    This award (worth up to $5,000) supports research skills development among graduate students and postdoctoral fellows whose research has a substantive focus on gender, sex and health. For more information about this program, please visit IGH Gender, Sex and Health Research Skills Development Award Program page.

    Past Skills Award Recipients

  5. Planning and Dissemination Grants

    Application deadlines: August 2015

    This grant (worth up to $10,000) supports activities that facilitate the uptake of sex and gender considerations in health research, policy and practice. Priority will be given to activities related to the development of partnerships, teams, grant applications, and/or educational modules for trainees, researchers, policy-decision makers, and other knowledge-users. IGH will fund applications that include gender and sex in their approaches and research designs and that frame their responses to the specific objectives of this request for applications in terms of gender and/or sex. For more information, please see the Other: Planning and Dissemination Grants – Institute Community Support funding opportunity on the CIHR Funding Opportunities Database.

    The August 2015 competition is expected to launch June, 2015. Please note that if you are unable to find this funding opportunity in the CIHR Funding Opportunity Database this means that there is no current competition.

Funds Available

IGH's contribution to the amount available for the ICS Program is subject to availability of funds voted annually to CIHR by parliamentary appropriations, and the conditions that may be attached to them. The total amount available for the ICS Program for fiscal year 2015-2016 is $250,000. Of this $250,000, $75,000 will be allocated to the Travel Awards competition and $25,000 will be allocated to the IGH Award for Excellence, Knowledge Translation Supplements, and Research Skills Development Program.

The remaining $150,000 of IGH’s ICS budget will support the Institute’s Planning and Dissemination Grants program. Details of the 2015/16 program will be posted as they become available.

Please note: The ICS Program is not intended to support the direct cost of research (e.g., pilot projects, feasibility studies or operating grants), principal and co-investigator salaries or research equipment.

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