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

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 programs.
  • Supporting individuals and organizations whose goals are consistent with the Institute's and CIHR and its Institutes’ vision, mandate and strategic directions.

Key highlights of the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) ICS program include:

  • Recognition of research excellence through the CIHR Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research, Article of the Year, Rising Star and CAHSPR Student Poster Awards;
  • Support planning and dissemination activities, partnership development and/or increasing understanding of the health research landscape;
  • Support for travel awards for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and new investigators.

Funds Available

IHSPR'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 for fiscal year 2015-2016 is $250,000 to be distributed amongst the following and similar funding opportunities offered by IHSPR:

IHSPR ICS Program

Under the framework of the ICS Program, IHSPR's ICS funding will be distributed among the following and similar opportunities:

1. CIHR Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research

This prize is a career achievement award that honours and recognizes an exceptional researcher in the area of health services and policy research who has created a seminal body of work that has had a substantial impact on health services and policy research, policy and/or care delivery. A nominee must:

  • be an independent researcher;
  • be registered at an eligible institution; and
  • have at least 10 years of experience as an independent investigator and currently hold a full-time position within a Canadian academic, hospital, not-for-profit or governmental institution or affiliated research institution.

For further details on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit the CIHR Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research page.

2. Planning and Dissemination Grants

IHSPR will provide support for dissemination activities that will contribute to the advancement of research consistent with the mandate of CIHR.

The Planning and Dissemination Grants program is administered through ResearchNet and is launched twice per year: June and December. For further details on application deadlines, eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit the CIHR Funding Opportunities Database at those times to view the funding opportunity.

3. IHSPR Article of the Year Award

This award is intended to recognize published research that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the field of health services and policy research in Canada. IHSPR will consider articles related to:

  • research that has had a clear impact or potential impact on policy or practice (e.g., decision maker uptake, change management for improved practice); or
  • research that breaks ground in the way health services or policy research is conducted (e.g., innovations in methodology, novel theory or application of theory, new approaches to existing problems).

For further details on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit the IHSPR Article of the Year Award page.

4. IHSPR Rising Star Award

The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) is dedicated to supporting graduate students and post-doctoral Fellows and to recognizing the research excellence and knowledge translation initiatives of these emerging health services and policy researchers at an early stage in their career.

Objectives

  • To recognize the research excellence and innovative knowledge translation (KT) initiatives of graduate students (M.D., M.A., M.Sc. and PhD) and post-doctoral Fellows studying in health services and policy research at a Canadian institution
  • To recognize research and/or KT contributions for which a graduate student or post-doctoral Fellow has had primary responsibility
  • To promote careers in health services and policy research

For further details on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit the IHSPR Rising Star Award page.

5. IHSPR Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey Dissemination Award (new!)

IHSPR is co-leading and co-funding Canada’s participation in the 2014 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey with the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). The Commonwealth Fund and its international partners conduct a survey in eleven countries including Canada that help measure and monitor health system performance over time. The target audiences for the surveys are rotated on a three-year cycle; in 2014, the survey pertained to Older Adults.

Objectives of the Dissemination Award

  • To support dissemination activities arising from analyses using Canadian and international comparative data from the 2014 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey; and
  • To encourage health services and policy research trainees to publish or present these analyses to the appropriate knowledge user audience(s).

For further details on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit the IHSPR Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey Dissemination Award page.

6. IHSPR Travel Awards for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and new investigators

IHSPR will provide travel awards in 2015-2016 for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and new investigators to attend and present their research at meetings, conferences (including international conferences) and/or symposia that align with the Institute's mandate and advance their professional development and/or knowledge translation initiatives in health services and policy research.

The Travel Awards program is administered through ResearchNet and is launched three times per year: April, August and December. For further details on application deadlines, eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit the CIHR Funding Opportunities Database at those times to view the funding opportunity.

7. CAHSPR Student Poster Prize

Each year at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference IHSPR sponsors the Student Poster Competition. This competition is designed to encourage graduate students to attend and showcase their work at CAHSPR, Canada's pre-eminent health services and policy research conference, and to recognize the outstanding research efforts of up-and-coming health services and policy researchers.

Prizes are awarded to the three top-ranked posters in the amounts of $1,200, $1,000 and $800 for first, second and third prize, respectively. All students whose posters are accepted to the CAHSPR conference will be considered in the competition and winners will be announced at the end of the conference.

Previous CIHR-IHSPR/CAHSPR Student Poster Prize Recipients:

Eligibility and Guidelines

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the CIHR General Guidelines for Grant Programs. Further details on eligibility and guidelines pertaining to this funding opportunity including allowable costs, funding conditions and communication requirements can be found on the CIHR ICS funding opportunity webpage under the eligibility and guidelines sections.

Review Process and Evaluation Criteria

Final decisions to fund applications rest with the Institute's Scientific Director. Applications will be assessed according to criteria listed in the individual award webpages as listed in the How to Apply section.

How to Apply

Please visit the individual award pages listed below to obtain further information on application deadlines and instructions on how to apply.

  1. CIHR Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research
  2. IHSPR Article of the Year Award
  3. IHSPR Rising Star Award
  4. IHSPR Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey Dissemination Award
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