CIHR Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

Notice of Decision: October 20, 2017

Funding Start Date: October 1, 2017

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Description

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

The CIHR - Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) is dedicated to fostering excellence and innovation in health services and policy research and to catalyzing the application of research findings to policies, practices and programs that provide real-world benefit and enhance the provision of high-quality health care for Canadians. The Institute aims to position Canada as a global leader in ensuring that initiatives designed to improve the health of Canadians and the strength of the Canadian health care system take advantage of timely research evidence.

The award is named in honour of the leadership, vision and innovative contributions of the first two Scientific Directors of the Institute, Morris Barer and Colleen Flood.

Funds Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $25,000, enough to fund one prize each year or as otherwise determined by IHSPR. The maximum amount per prize is $25,000 per annum for one year. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate.
  • The prize consists of a certificate, an opportunity to deliver a keynote lecture and the $25,000 in research grant funding.

Objective

  • To recognize the exemplary efforts and activities of an exceptional individual who has made an outstanding contribution to health services and policy research, policy and/or care delivery in Canada.

Relevant Research Areas

The CIHR – Institute of Health Services and Policy Research will provide funding for nominations that are determined to be relevant to its vision and mandate.

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for all CIHR research funding programs apply. The business office of the institution of an eligible Nominated Principal Applicant generally administers CIHR funds. Refer to the Individual Eligibility Requirements regarding the eligibility requirements for individuals and institutions.

For your application to be eligible:

  1. The nominee must be an independent researcher.
  2. The nominee must be registered at an eligible institution. Eligible institutions may nominate more than one researcher each year.
  3. The nominee must 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.
  4. The nominee must be nominated by a member of the Canadian health research community and be endorsed by the executive head of the candidate's institution (e.g. President, Provost, Rector, etc. depending on the institution). Nominators may have previously worked or be currently working with an individual they nominate. Current members of the CIHR Governing Council, CIHR Scientific Directors and CIHR staff are not eligible for this prize. Candidates may be nominated on more than one occasion provided that they continue to meet the eligibility requirements. Nominees who were not successful in a previous competition may be nominated by submitting a new full and updated nomination.

Note: Individuals may only hold the award once.

Review Process and Evaluation

Review Committee

A CIHR review committee will evaluate the full applications. The committee may be drawn from one of CIHR's pre-existing committees or may be created specifically for this funding opportunity. Committee members are selected based on suggestions from many sources including the institute(s)/ branch(es) and partner(s), following the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations (COIC).

For information on CIHR's peer review process in general, see the Understand Peer Review section of CIHR's website.

Evaluation Criteria

Nominations will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the nominee has created a seminal body of work in the field of health services and/or policy research (e.g. contributions to the scientific literature; use of research to enhance the health care system and health care in Canada; supervision of trainees involved in health services and policy research);
  • The extent to which the nominee’s work has made a substantial impact on health services and policy research, policy and/or care delivery in Canada (e.g. knowledge translation, informing decision making, development of tools and technology for excellence in health care);
  • The strength of the letters of support for the nominee.

Funding Decision

The successful recipient of the CIHR Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research will be determined by the peer review committee established specifically for this prize.

How to apply

Note: This funding opportunity DOES NOT require the use of ResearchNet to apply for funding.

The application process for this funding opportunity is comprised of one step: Nomination. No letter of intent is required.

Reminder to nominators: Please ensure that your nomination is complete (includes all required signatures) and is submitted on time to CIHR.

Nomination Process

Self-nominations will not be accepted. The nomination package must include the following items:

  1. The nomination form [ PDF (110 KB) ]
  2. Two signed letters of support
    • One signed letter from the nominator providing the principal reasons for which the nominee merits consideration for the prize. The letter should clearly outline how the nominee has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement in Canadian health services and policy research, policy and/or care delivery (no more than three single-spaced, one-sided pages of text, bibliography included, Times New Roman 12pt font).
    • One signed letter from the executive head of the nominee's institution (i.e. President, Rector, etc. depending on the institution) endorsing the nomination.
  3. A signed letter from nominee
    • One signed letter from the nominee accepting the nomination.
    • The nominee's signature must be included.
  4. Short biography of nominee
    • Maximum 2 page biography (single-spaced, one-sided page of text, Times New Roman 12pt font).
    • Please do not include any personal contact information in the biography.
  5. Three letters of support from sources other than the nominator or the executive head of the nominee's institution
    • These letters should be from established experts in health services or policy research and/or from those in a position to provide an expert assessment of the impact of the nominee's career achievements.
    • At least one letter must be from an international expert.
    • Letters should emphasize the achievements of the nominee in alignment with the evaluation criteria for the prize.
    • Additional letters of support that may be included with the nomination package, or received separately, from individuals other than the three identified on the above-mentioned single page will not be considered.
  6. Common CV Module
    • A copy of the Common CV Module (validated for CIHR) of the nominee. Draft copies of the Common CV Module will not be accepted. Nominees are strongly encouraged to ensure that Common CVs (validated for CIHR) are fully up to date and that all sections (including attachments) are complete with relevant details for optimal peer review. The submission of an out of date or incomplete Common CV may seriously impact the resulting assessment of the nominee in the context of peer review as the committee is only permitted to make its assessment based on the documentation provided in the formal nomination package and not through information gathered from other sources.
    • Other CV materials may be included with the nomination package, but peer review committee members are not re0quired to consider any additional materials in their review.
  7. Consent forms
  8. Potential assessors
    • The names, addresses (including e-mail) and affiliations of six individuals whom CIHR might contact for an assessment of the nominee's suitability for the prize. These individuals should be internationally recognized as experts in the nominee's field of research and/or be those in a position to provide an expert assessment of the impact of the nominee's career achievements.
  9. One electronic copy of the full nomination package is required to be emailed to Jessica Nadigel.

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