Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health – Institute Community Support (ICS) Program (2015-2016)

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

  • Enabling research and knowledge translation activities where the circumstances fall outside of CIHR's current suite of funding programs.
  • Supporting individuals and organizations whose goals are consistent with CIHR and its Institutes' vision, mandate and strategic directions.

Under the framework of the ICS Program, IAPH will provide funding for the following competitions:

  • Travel awards
  • Planning and Dissemination Grants

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.

ICS Travel Awards

CIHR-IAPH will provide funding for individuals, including knowledge users and community-based researchers, presenting their own research (i.e., keynote/panel presenter, poster, workshop, etc.) at Canadian or international meetings, conferences or symposia that are determined to be relevant to its mandate.

Launch 1 of the Spring Travel Awards will be focused on the National Gathering of Graduate Students (NGGS), with any remaining funds to be available for other IAPH mandate travel. For this first competition, the maximum amount for travel awards will be $1,200 except in the case for those who are traveling from the north or from remote communities, the maximum amount is $2,500.

The IAPH Travel Awards program is administered through ResearchNet. Please visit the CIHR Funding Opportunities Database and locate the Other: Travel Awards - Institute Community Support funding opportunity. IAPH’s eligibility requirements and competition details are outlined in the “Sponsor Description” section of the Travel Awards funding opportunity. If the Travel Awards opportunity does not appear, we are currently between competitions - see timelines below.

Travel Award Competition Timelines

The Travel Awards competition is launched 3 times per year in April, August and December.

Launch 1: Spring Travel Awards: 2015 National Gathering of Graduate Students (NGGS) emphasis

The Spring ICS travel award competition is launched in mid-April. Applicants can begin submitting their applications on ResearchNet from the launch date in mid-April until the deadline in late May. This competition is intended to privilege support for student travel to IAPH’s annual National Gathering of Graduate Students being held in Vancouver, BC, July 12 to 14, 2015. Any remaining travel funds in this competition will be allocated to other travel related to the IAPH mandate.

The National Gathering of Graduate Students (NGGS) is an annual meeting for young researchers in Indigenous health. The Gathering provides a mentorship and capacity building forum for students, with opportunities to present and discuss their research, facilitate student networking opportunities with community and academic researchers, and attend skill-building workshops. For further information about the NGGS, email Jeff LaPlante at: jlaplante@sfu.ca.

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to support:

  • Student travel to the National Gathering of Graduate Students, wherein students present their research related to the mandate of IAPH and theme of the NGGS; and,
  • Other IAPH mandate related travel with any funds remaining beyond NGGS travel awardees.

The maximum amount for individual awards in this competition is as follows:

  • $2,500 for applicants from Northern and remote areas; and
  • $1,200 for all other applicants.

Launch 2: Fall Travel Awards

The Fall ICS Travel Award competition is launched in mid-August. Applicants can begin submitting their applications on ResearchNet from the launch date in mid-August until the deadline in late September.

Launch 3: Winter Travel Awards

The Winter ICS Travel Award competition is launched in mid-December. Applicants can begin submitting their applications on ResearchNet from the launch date in mid-December until the deadline in late January.

*Please note these dates are subject to change.

Funds Available

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 this program is $58,000 for fiscal year 2015-16 (3 competitions).

For the first launch, (NGGS emphasis) the maximum amount for individual travel will be $1,200 for all awards, except in the case for applicants from Northern or remote areas, the maximum amount is $2,500.

For the second and third launch, the maximum amount for individual awards is as follows:

  • $2,500 for applicants from Northern and remote areas;
  • $2,500 for applicants to international (outside North America) meetings, conferences or symposia; and,
  • $1,500 for all other applicants.

ICS Planning and Dissemination Grants

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to support:

  • Planning activities and/or partnership development that will contribute to the advancement of research consistent with the mandate of IAPH, or;
  • Dissemination events/activities that focus on the communication of health research evidence consistent with the mandate of IAPH.

The IAPH Planning Grants/and Dissemination ActivitiesGrants funding opportunity is administered through ResearchNet. Please visit the CIHR Funding Opportunities Database and locate the Other: Planning and Dissemination Grants – Institute Community Support funding opportunity. IAPH’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 we are currently between competitions - see timelines below.

Planning/Dissemination Competition Timelines

Launch 1: June Planning/Dissemination Grant launch

The Summer ICS Planning and Dissemination competition is launched at the end of June. Applicants can begin submitting their applications on ResearchNet from the launch date until the deadline in mid-August.

Launch 2: December Planning/Dissemination Grant launch

The Winter ICS Planning and Dissemination competition is launched in mid-December. Applicants can begin submitting their applications on ResearchNet from the launch date until the deadline in mid-February.

*Please note these dates are subject to change.

Funds Available

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 this program is $192,000 for fiscal year 2015-16 (2 competitions). The maximum amount for individual awards grants is $12,000.

Affirmation of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Affiliation

IAPH targets research funds towards increasing the number of health researchers of First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) ancestry in our strategic funding opportunities. In order to accomplish this, the phrase "lived Aboriginal experience" is used by CIHR in funding opportunities. IAPH acknowledges the expertise of Indigenous Peoples and application of Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Two-Eyed Seeing, while recognizing that non-FNIM applicants may also meet this requirement through special circumstances. IAPH considers "lived Aboriginal experience" to be a quality demonstrated by First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals that are connected with their community. For non-FNIM people, this experience may be acquired through circumstances such as close relationships and experience with FNIM peoples, living an extended period of time (e.g., 5 years or more) on a reserve, in a Métis or Inuit community, or through similar experience with other Indigenous peoples – e.g., Pacific Islanders, or South American Indigenous peoples.

This information is being collected by IAPH for the purpose of compiling statistics on fulfillment of IAPH’s mandate. Applicants are encouraged to indicate their First Nations, Inuit and Métis identity/affiliation and/or “lived Aboriginal experience” in all travel award competitions. The significance of including this information is crucial, as it ensures IAPH is contributing to increasing numbers of FNIM peoples as researchers in Indigenous health and instills faith and trust in IAPH research networks that we are working towards our goals and reflecting our mandate and objectives.

Contact information

For information on the IAPH ICS program, please contact:

Jeff Laplante
Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Telephone: 778-782-9628
Email: jlaplant@sfu.ca