Prize: Voluntary Sector Outreach 2017

A CIHR Institute of Aging (IA) Program

Important Dates
2017-05-29 Full applications must be submitted by this date.
2017-08-28 Anticipated notification of decision
2017-08-28 Funding Start Date
Total Funds Available $20,000
CIHR's contribution to the amount available for this initiative is subject to availability of funds voted annually to CIHR by parliamentary appropriations, and the conditions that may be attached to them.

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Objectives

This initiative aims to support Canadian voluntary sector organizations active in the area of healthy aging in order to:

  1. Increase or enhance the impact of currently available knowledge in the trajectory of aging on public awareness
  2. Engage in activities that would inform the research community of unmet needs in the area of healthy aging

Eligibility

Please note that for this program, only registered voluntary sector organizations  with a knowledge translation mandate are eligible to apply for funding. The List of Eligible CIHR Institutions does not apply to this program; nor do the principal applicants have to meet the criteria described in CIHR's Grants and Awards Guide. The business office of the eligible organization generally administers CIHR funds.

The CIHR Institute of Aging Voluntary Sector Outreach Award can be received by an individual, team or organization only once. If the applicant has previously received a Voluntary Sector Outreach Award and wishes to apply, they are requested to contact the Institute of Aging to evaluate eligibility for this year.

Specific Eligibility Requirements

The competition is open to Canadian-based voluntary sector organizations sharing research priorities related to the area of healthy aging as defined in the 2015 WHO World Report on Aging and Health. Eligible organizations include health charities, non-governmental health policy regulators, foundations, and community-based organizations.

Academic researchers, public and private sector organizations are not eligible to apply on their own but are encouraged to participate in other roles on the project being put forward.

Proposals may be officially submitted by a single eligible organization, or in partnership. Should you have questions on the eligibility of your organization, please refer to the contact information below.

If applicants are seeking support for financial assistance for consensus meetings, planning and/or development meetings, networking and partnership development events, please refer to the CIHR Planning and Dissemination funding opportunities. These types of activities will not be supported through this program.

Scope of Work

CIHR IA aims to effectively inform the Canadian public, researchers, the media, government officials, health-care practitioners, and other stakeholder groups about research in the area of healthy aging.  Communication have the greatest impact when the target audience is identified and those constructing the message are clear of their goal.

The scope of the proposed work could be targeted to a specific audience who would benefit from being better informed about the impacts of health-related research (e.g., improving communications with front-line physicians, policy-makers etc.), or it could  be more generally targeted to the public (e.g., proposing an event associated with a national or international initiative dedicated to increasing awareness).

A detailed budget that includes both the allocation of funds and justification for the use of funds is required in the proposal.

The proposal must also include a section on expected outcomes. This section should focus on identifying the long-term impacts as well as evidence that the project will be completed as described.

Allowable Costs

Applicants should review the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) financial administration guidelines Use of Grant Funds for a complete listing and description of allowable costs and activities.

The full application must provide a detailed justification of all costs.

The total amount available for this initiative is $20,000. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate.

The CIHR Institute of Aging will award up to two awards of up to $10,000 each for applications that are determined relevant to the Institute's five priority research themes for research on aging and health:

  • The life course as a determinant of active and satisfying aging;
  • Adding life to the late years;
  • Interventions appropriate to the complexity of older people’s state of health;
  • Health care and services that combine and integrate continuity, innovation and efficiency;
  • Ensuring the conditions for a positive impact on older people’s health and wellness.
  • Review Process and Evaluation Criteria
  • Relevance Review Process

The CIHR Institute of Aging will provide funding for applications that are relevant to (in alignment with) the objectives and priority research themes.

Prior to peer review, Institute of Aging staff will have access to applications to conduct a relevance review. Applications that are not deemed to be relevant will be withdrawn from the competition.

The CIHR Institute of Aging will provide funding for applications that are relevant to the objectives and priority research themes.

The following criteria will be used in conducting the relevance review:

  • Alignment of the proposed project with the objectives of this funding opportunity;
  • Extent to which the proposal addresses the Institute of Aging's priority research themes.
  • Inclusion of aging and/or the aged as essential elements of the proposal (e.g., dynamics of aging, age-relevant models and/or aged subjects). With respect to diseases common in older age, the focus must be on the effects of the disease specifically in the older person, rather than on diseases in a general context, as these are addressed by other CIHR Institutes.
  • The involvement and inclusion of CIHR eligible researchers in the proposed project will be seen as an added value in the application.

Review Process and Evaluation Criteria

A committee will review proposals and evaluate them according to the criteria below:

  • Does the proposal aim to foster partnerships and strengthen the voluntary sector community, promoting the health of Canadians and/or improving the health system?
  • Does the proposal address the communication of health research knowledge and/or the benefits of health research, in an effective manner, to a specific audience?
  • Does the proposal identify an original approach for communicating with the targeted audiences?
  • Are expected outcomes clearly identified in the work plan?

Conditions of Funding

All conditions specified in CIHR General Grants and Awards Policies shall apply to applications funded through this Request for Applications. Conditions cover areas such as Applicant and Institutional Responsibilities, Ethics, Official language policy, Access to Information and Privacy Acts, and Acknowledgement of CIHR Support. Successful applicants will be informed of any special financial conditions prior to the release of funds or when they receive CIHR's Authorization for Funding (AFF) document.

Access to Information Act and Privacy Act, and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

All personal information collected by CIHR about applicants is used to review applications, to recruit reviewers, to administer and monitor grants and awards, to compile statistics, and to promote and support health research in Canada. Consistent with these purposes, applicants should also expect that information collected by CIHR may be shared as described in Use and Disclosure of Personal Information Provided to CIHR for Peer Review.

CIHR as a federal entity is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act, therefore the requirements of these two statutes will apply to all information located in CIHR's premises including, without limitation, cost-sharing agreements related to this Opportunity and all matters pertaining thereto.

While respecting the application of the Privacy Act to federal entities, all signing parties involved in a collaborative agreement will also be bound by the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). All personal information (as identified by the PIPEDA) collected, used or disclosed in the course of any commercial activity under collaborative agreements related to the Opportunity will be collected, used and disclosed in compliance with the PIPEDA.

Communications Requirements

Recipients are required to acknowledge CIHR, its institutes and partners in any communication or publication related to the project. See CIHR General Grants and Awards Policies, Acknowledgement of CIHR's Support for details on CIHR's communication requirements. The contributing institute will be identified on the Authorization for Funding and decision letter.

Monitoring, Performance Measurement and Evaluation

CIHR is committed to demonstrating results to Canadians for the money invested in health research. Therefore, processes for monitoring progress and appropriate use of funds, as well as for performance measurement and program evaluation are in place. As a result, funding recipients must:

  • Contribute to the monitoring, review and evaluation of CIHR's programs, policies and processes by participating in evaluation studies, surveys, workshops, audits and providing data or reports as required for the purpose of collecting information to assess progress and results;
  • Within three months after the end of the grant, the Nominated Principal Applicant will be required to submit a final report to the Institute of Aging.

How to Apply

Please submit your application using the Institute Community Support (ICS) form [ PDF (291 KB) ] and the Applicant Consent form [ PDF (288 KB) ].

Please follow these additional instructions for the application form:

  • Section 1a: Enter your CIHR PIN. If you do not have one, visit the new user registration page to register for a PIN and password.
  • Section 1c: Affiliation - insert the name of your organization.
  • Section 1d: Institution Paid – insert the name of your organization.
  • Section 2b: Apply as an "Organization."
  • Section 2c: Indicate the Institute of Aging.
  • Section 2e: Please indicate the total amount requested from CIHR plus the amount requested from other organizations if applicable.
  • Section 2h: Not applicable.
  • Section 2i: Please explain why the funding is needed for each item and how it will be used. A detailed budget that includes a justification for the use of funds, as well as a complete breakdown into components outlining the allocation of funds is required in the proposal.
  • Section 3 (a-f): This section should not exceed 3 pages double spaced.
  • Section 3d: The proposal must include a section on expected outcomes. This section should focus on identifying the long term impacts as well as evidence that the project will be completed as described.

Proposals must be sent on or before May 29, 2017 by email to susan.rogers@criugm.qc.ca.

Contact Information

For questions about this initiative and research objectives contact:

Susan Rogers
Project Lead, Institute Initiatives
CIHR Institute of Aging
Telephone: 514-360-2436
susan.rogers@criugm.qc.ca

Partners

CIHR - Institute of Aging's mandate is to ensure the availability of knowledge with respect to the determinants of active aging as well as those related to the complex health challenges of the older person with the objective of providing better prevention and intervention programs as well as a an efficient and adapted continuum of services for the older person. In collaboration with the other CIHR Institutes, the Institute of Aging seizes the opportunities and contributes to facing the challenges associated with the aging Canadian population.

Voluntary Sector Outreach Award Winners

Notice

The information is provided in the language in which it was submitted by the recipient.

Name Research Institution Title
2016-2017
Patricia Clark with the Active Living Coalition for Older Adults Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA) Moving Active Aging Research into Action: ALCOA's active living tips for older adults
Beth Martin with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario Alzheimer Society of Ontario Minds in Motion: Establishing evidence as a falls prevention program
2015-2016
Patricia Clark with the Active Living Coalition for Older Adults Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA) for Moving Active Aging Research into Action ALCOA’s Active Living Tips for Older Adults
Beth Martin with the Alzheimer Society Ontario Alzheimer Society Ontario for Minds in Motion Establishing evidence as a falls prevention program
2014-2015
Patricia Clark with the Active Living Coalition for Older Adults Active Living Coalition for Older Adults Do Live Well" in the community: Translating a new approach to healthy aging
Tina Saryeddine with HealthCareCAN HealthCareCAN Like an ‘e-Dragon’s Den’: Patient, CEO and Aging-related Research Edition
2013-2014
Lynn Posluns with the Women's Brain Health Initiative (WBHI) Women's Brain Health Initiative (WBHI) Memory Morsels: A Party to Remember
2012-2013
Tina Saryeddine with the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO) Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO) Aging Related Research – An Innovation Sensation from Science to Media to Members of Parliament
2011-2012
Benjamin Gottlieb University of Guelph Volunteer! To Our Good Health
Clara Fitzgerald with the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) University of Western Ontario Mobilizing the Knowledge of Canada's New Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults
Barabara Snelgrove with Parkinson Society Canada (PSC) Parkinson Society Canada (PSC) Cognitive Impairment and Parkinson's Disease Webinar
Winnie Fraser-MacKay with Canadian Pensioners Concerned Canadian Pensioners Concerned Working with Seniors to Improve Transitions from Hospital
2010-2011
Sheila Pither with the Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of BC (COSCO) Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of BC (COSCO) Uniting Seniors, Students, and Researchers to Promote Seniors' Health through Narrative Learning
Don Fletcher with the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (CACR) Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA) Active Living Tips for Older Canadians - evidence-based messages
2009-2010
Rex Banks with the Canadian Hearing Society The Canadian Hearing Society Primary Care Hearing Healthcare Evidence Transfer and Toolkit for adults patients 50 years and older
Christopher Frank with the Canadian Geriatrics Society Queen's University Improving Care of the Elderly in Canada: The Geriatric Education Recruitment Initiative (GERI)
2008-2009
Kimberley Wilson with the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health (CCSMH) Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health (CCSMH) Creating a Community of Practice in Seniors' Mental Health Knowledge Exchange
Verena Heidi Menec with the Centre on Aging University of Manitoba Disseminating Research on Aging to Seniors
Barabara Snelgrove with Parkinson Society Canada (PSC) Parkinson Society Canada (PSC) GET IT ON TIME campaign
Penny MacCourt with the British Columbia Psychogeriatric Association (BCPGA) British Columbia Psychogeriatric Association (BCPGA) Driving it home: Translation of research on older driver safety through applied theatre and digital video
Lynn Moore with The Arthritis Society The Arthritis Society Helping Seniors to Understand Arthritis and Live More Actively
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