Aboriginal Health Research News – January 2012

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Message from Malcolm King, IAPH Scientific Director

Malcolm King, IAPH Scientific Director

The start of the New Year is a time to reflect on our plans for what we hope to accomplish in the next 12 months. I wanted to bring to your attention an important consultation that CIHR will be undertaking to inform how it should reform its Open Operating Grants Programs. CIHR is gearing up for an extensive consultation with researchers and research communities, universities, and voluntary health organizations, on how we can improve the peer review system and the open suite of programs funded by CIHR. The open suite of programs accounts for the majority of CIHR's investments and includes CIHR's largest funding mechanism, the Open Operating Grants (OOG) Program.

Many Aboriginal health research projects are submitted to CIHR open programs every year. These projects cut across the full spectrum of health, and they compete with funding applications in all fields of health research. Given that the OOG Program, in particular, is CIHR's largest funding competition, it is very important that you take the time to share your thoughts, concerns and suggestions to CIHR. It's very important that Aboriginal health research continues to be viable and competitive in the reformed system.

CIHR will soon release a Design Discussion Document on our website, and will invite feedback from the broader research community and others. Much of what is being proposed is still evolving, so I would encourage you to read the document and provide your comments, which will be critical in shaping the future of CIHR.

As a member of CIHR's Science Council, I want to assure you of CIHR's commitment to supporting research excellence across all four pillars of research. We are also committed to supporting a sustainable and responsive suite of open programs and a peer review system that makes decisions based on the best available evidence.

On another note, IAPH is striving to send out a short monthly newsletter to better inform researchers and communities about what is happening at CIHR and the Institute. We would be pleased if you would let us know how we are doing. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you all the best in 2012.

Funding Opportunities

CIHR: Innovation Team Grants

CIHR will be launching Innovation Team Grants to fund research that improves the delivery of high-quality, Community-Based Primary Healthcare (CBPHC) across Canada this month.

CIHR is hosting an information webinar for interested applicants to learn more about the CBPHC Innovation Team Grant funding opportunity (e.g., objectives, eligibility, review process, etc.). We invite you to RSVP for the webinar, which will be held on February 9 at 2.30pm EST.

For further details about the Initiative, please visit the CIHR CBPHC website or contact Erik Landriault.

PHAC: Community-Based Programming

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit a proposal for funding under the Community-Based Programming Component of the Canadian Diabetes Strategy for 2012 to 2014.

The maximum allowed total project budget is $450,000 (ending March 2014). The deadline submission is March 16th, 2012 at 4PM EST.

IAPH-led Funding Opportunities

Operating Grant: Winter 2012 Priority Announcement in First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis Health
Registration Deadline: February 1, 2012
Application Deadline: March 1, 2012
Funding Start Date: October 1, 2012

Funds Available: The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $200,000. The maximum amount awarded for a single grant is $100,000 for one (1) year.

Priority Announcements offer additional sources of funding for highly rated applications that are relevant to specific research priority areas or CIHR Institute mandates. Applications are submitted through the "201203MOP" competition of the Open Operating Grant.

Planning Grants & Dissemination Events
Application deadline: February 15, 2012
Funding Start Date: June 1, 2012

Funds Available: The total amount available for applications related to the IAPH mandate is $100,000. The maximum amount awarded for a single grant is $25,000 for one (1) year.

CIHR recognizes that an important part of Knowledge Translation (KT) is the planning required to build active and meaningful collaborations and/or effectively scan and understand the health research landscape before embarking on a grant application. Just as important, are the dissemination events/activities that focus on the communication of health research evidence to the appropriate researcher and/or knowledge user audience(s), tailoring the message and medium as appropriate. CIHR Supports both of those aspects of KT through Planning Grants and funding for Dissemination Events. Both funding opportunities are now posted on the CIHR website.

Hurry! The deadline is fast approaching.


Application Deadlines
Institute Community Support Program - Travel Awards (Winter 2012 Competition): January 31, 2012
Fellowship: First Nations, Inuit or Métis Quantitative Research: February 2, 2012

Registration Deadlines
CIHR Open Operating Grants: February 2, 2012
Chair: Reproductive and Child Health Services and Policy Research: February 15, 2012

Upcoming Conferences

National Gathering of Graduate Students in Aboriginal Health Research
Montréal, QC, June 22 to June 25, 2012

The Aboriginal Health Network Secretariat (AHRNetS) and the Aboriginal Mental Health Research Team (NAMHR) will host the 12th National Gathering of Graduate Students. This meeting provides students with a capacity building forum to present and discuss their research as well as facilitate student networking opportunities with community and academic researchers and students in the Aboriginal health field.

Advancing Excellence in Gender, Sex and Health Research
Montréal, QC, October 29-31, 2012
Abstracts due Feb. 15th, 2012

The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health is organizing a conference to explore advances in understandings of how sex and gender influence the health of women, men, and people of diverse gender identities over the lifespan. It will showcase excellence across the full scope of health research, from cell to society, offering a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary learning and exchange.

CHSPR 2012 Health Policy Conference
February 28-29, 2012, Vancouver BC

Will paying the piper change the tune? Promise and pitfalls of health care funding reform
Early Bird deadline has been extended to January 31, 2012!

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