Institute Community Support (ICS) Program (2015-16)

Under the framework of the ICS Program, CIHR-IHDCYH funding will be distributed among the following opportunities:

  • Planning and Dissemination Grants
  • IHDCYH Talks
  • Other program(s) under development


The ICS Program is designed to foster community development by providing grants and awards to individuals and organizations for the purposes of:

  • Aiding research and knowledge translation activities where the circumstances fall outside CIHR's current suite of funding programs; and
  • Supporting individuals and organizations whose activities and goals are consistent with CIHR-IHDCYH’s mandate and strategic research priorities.

The ICS Planning and Dissemination program is intended for those seeking meeting, workshop or symposium support.

The ICS IHDCYH Talks program is intended to improve knowledge translation of research within IHDCYH’s mandate.

Planning and Dissemination Grants

Anticipated launch date: June and December

One of the mechanisms for IHDCYH to address its’ mandate and strategic research priorities is by offering Planning and Dissemination grants within the Institute Community Support (ICS) Program. These Grants are intended to provide support for planning or dissemination activities consistent with the mandate of CIHR and relevant to IHDCYH’s research priorities.

CIHR-IHDCYH will provide funding for applications of planning and dissemination grants that are determined to be relevant to either one of IHDCYH’s 3 research investment themes as described below:

  • Healthy Developmental Trajectories;
  • Healthy Reproduction, Pregnancy, Childhood and Youth; and
  • Healthy Public Policy and Systems Integration to ensure the best outcomes for families, infants, children and youth.

For more information, please visit the CIHR Funding Opportunities Database under "Other: Planning and Dissemination Grants – Institute Community Support". IHDCYH’s eligibility requirements are outlined in the “Sponsor Description” section of the Planning and Dissemination Grants funding opportunity.

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.


Anticipated launch date: Spring 2015

Application Deadline: September 2015

IHDCYH is launching its second round of the IHDCYH Talks Video Competition, a unique opportunity to submit a short video sharing evidence-based messages in the area of maternal, reproductive, child and youth health. The IHDCYH Talks Video Competition is an opportunity to profile research and ideas within IHDCYH’s mandate to improve knowledge translation and help demonstrate the impact that evidence can and does have on maternal, reproductive, child and youth health in Canada. The objective of this competition is to encourage the production of videos that present a clear evidence-based message to a lay audience that is designed to have a positive impact on the health of children, youth and families.

Successful videos will be posted on CIHR and IHDCYH social media and other communications materials. It is important that the content be engaging, easily understood and accessible to a lay audience.

Specific Eligibility Requirements

Video Criteria

  • The content of the video must be related to IHDCYH's mandate and/or strategic research priorities.
  • Demonstrate the value and impact of their research on children, youth and families.
  • Content that does not originate from the applicant's team is acceptable for inclusion with appropriate consent, but should be clearly placed into context and should not be the predominant theme.
  • Applicants are eligible to submit a new or existing video.

Note: Videos that have been awarded a prize in a previous IHDCYH Talks Video Competition will not be accepted.

Who can apply?

  • Independent researchers and trainees (all research pillars and career levels) and knowledge users are eligible to apply.
  • Representatives from Canadian non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations (including community or charitable organizations) with an explicit health research or knowledge translation mandate are also eligible to apply. (Note: If the prize money is meant to be awarded to an organization—as opposed to an individual—then the organization should be listed under “Name of Applicant” on the application form).
  • Members of the general public who are able to demonstrate a clear, evidence-based message related to IHDCYH’s mandate are also eligible to apply.

Additional details about this funding opportunity will soon be available on ResearchNet.

Funds Available

CIHR-IHDCYH’s contribution to the amount available for this 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 is $250,000 for fiscal year 2015-2016.

Contact Information

For information about the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health ICS Program, please contact:

Lynne Renaud
Project Officer
CIHR - Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health
Tel.: 613-941-0424