2015 Foundation live pilot competition – Stage 2 Application Instructions

General Application Process

  1. Applications must be submitted by the Administrative Coordinator – Program Leader using ResearchNet.
  2. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their application is complete prior to its submission to CIHR.
  3. Applications must be submitted on or prior to the deadline posted on ResearchNet. CIHR cannot legally accept an application until the "Consent and Submit" section is completed as part of the submission process.
    • There is no wet signature requirement as part of this application.
  4. Please note that this competition will use the eApproval process. Make sure to check with your institution to determine if there are any internal deadline dates.
  5. This document provides general instructions regarding the Foundation Scheme Stage 2 Application, but does not necessarily contain all information required to complete this application. Please ensure that you also read the Funding Opportunity Details, and become familiar with CIHR funding policies.
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Supporting Resources

Tasks required for completing a Foundation Scheme application:

A. Complete a Canadian Common CV

Only Program Leaders are required to complete a Canadian Common CV (CCV). Program Leaders must update their Foundation CV submitted in the previous stage for this application. Program Experts are not required to complete a CCV.

To complete a CIHR Foundation CV:

  1. Log in to the Canadian Common CV system.
  2. Go to the CV menu on the top left of the page, and select "Funding".
  3. In the Funding Source field, select "CIHR" from the dropdown menu. Select "CIHR Foundation CV" as the CV Type and then click "Load".
  4. Enter data in each of the required sections, and click "Done" when finished each section. Validation is performed automatically, and if there are any errors, they will be displayed in each section. For more information on how to complete a Foundation CV, please read the Foundation CV - Quick Reference Guide.
  5. Once complete, click "Submit". A CCV confirmation number will be generated in the status message, and will also be located at the top of the CV PDF document. Record this confirmation number as it will be needed to link the CV to any research applications in ResearchNet.
  6. If you wish to make changes to your Common CV after it has been linked to an application, you must repeat the steps described above. This will generate a new CCV confirmation number, which must be updated in ResearchNet.
  7. You can preview your CCV in ResearchNet by clicking on "Preview" on the Tasks page.

Note: During peak periods, there can be a delay between the time that you submit the CV and when ResearchNet is able to validate it. It is highly recommended that you complete and submit your CV well in advance of the competition deadline.

B. Complete the ResearchNet application

Task 1: Identify Participants

This task collects information on all Program Leaders and Program Experts involved in the research proposal and the institution or organization that will receive funds should the application be successful. For this stage, the new applicant role of Program Expert was added.

1.1 Participant Information
  • The applicant that initiated/opened the registration in ResearchNet is identified as the Program Leader - Administrative Coordinator for the application.
  • Other Program Leaders identified at Stage 1 application will automatically have access to the application in ResearchNet. No other Program Leader may be added to the application at this stage.
  • Please note that all Program Leaders will have access to the application on ResearchNet in order to allow each Leader to contribute equally to the application.
  • The Administrative Coordinator is able to add Program Experts to the application in ResearchNet by:
    • Entering their validated CIHR PIN
      • If the participant's PIN is not validated, they must login to ResearchNet and select the user tab (name in the top right banner) and select Validate your CIHR PIN.
      • Afterwards, the Administrative Coordinator can resume this process.
    • Entering their name.
    • Entering their role (Expert) and participant type (Independent Researcher/Knowledge User/Trainee/Other).
    • For Program Experts only, flag the check box if they should be named in CIHR's funding decision documents. Program Experts may be named on a grant application depending on their level of involvement and at the discretion of the Program Leader.
      • Only Named Program Experts will have access to the full stage 2 application on ResearchNet to provide their consent.
  • On saving this information, the activity will open for the "Named" Program Experts ResearchNet account.
    • NOTE: The system will generate 2 warning messages with regards to mandatory fields (telephone and Institution) that will need to be completed by the added participants. The Identify Participants Task will remain incomplete until all added participants complete their information in ResearchNet as described in the next steps.
  • All Program Leaders must complete the following:
    • Enter their new CCV confirmation number for their updated Foundation CV.
    • Identify themselves as an independent researcher or a knowledge user in the Applicant Type section.
    • Update their career contributions.
    • Complete their most significant contributions.
    • Consent. NOTE: Program Leader - Administrative Coordinator of the application will consent as part of the Consent and Submit task.
  • Named Program Experts must complete the following:
    • Consent.
  • Only the Program Leader-Administrative Coordinator has the functionality to submit the Stage 2 application.
  • The Program Leader-Administrative Coordinator will have to wait for all other Program Leaders and Named Program Experts to complete their relevant sections of the application before submitting the Stage 2 application.
1.2 Most Significant Contributions

This mandatory sub-task captures information on every Program Leader and cannot exceed 3,500 characters, including spaces. Note: When cutting and pasting text into the text box, the exact number of characters may vary slightly depending on the type of browser that you are using.

Please insert information regarding your most significant contributions (maximum of 5) as they relate to the application.

Contributions can take the form of:

  • Publications, presentations, intellectual property, other knowledge translation activities, etc.
  • Awards, degrees, credentials, etc.
  • Clinical practice, policy development, etc.
  • Specialized training, strategic employment positions, etc.

The contributions that you choose to share should be directly relevant to the grant application, and should demonstrate how you will contribute to the application at hand.

1.3 Career Contributions

Each Program Leader may update the Career Contributions table that identifies the total number of contributions achieved by the individual throughout their career.

Publications

Please include all published publications under the relevant sections (e.g. journal articles, books, etc.). Please do not include publications that are in-progress or that have been submitted. Conference publications can take the form of a published abstract, poster, or paper.

Supervisory Experience

Please indicate the total number of students you have supervised over your career (including those you are currently supervising) under the categories listed below. The numbers should reflect only those where you have contributed to the individual's development in a meaningful way (e.g., acted in the role of supervisor or co-supervisor).

  • Post-Doctoral Fellows
  • Graduate Students
  • Clinicians
  • Knowledge Users
  • Other

Note:

  • Individuals who you have supervised who do not fit in the above categories (e.g. undergraduate students, volunteers, summer students, etc.) can be included under ꞌOtherꞌ.
  • Examples of Knowledge Users: policy makers, patients/care-givers, health-care professionals, private sector partners, etc.
Intellectual Property

Please indicate the total number of intellectual property you currently hold and/or have developed throughout your career.

1.4 Consent

All Program Leaders and the "named" Program Experts on the application must agree to General Conditions and Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information before the Program Leader - Administrative Coordinator can submit the application to CIHR. Note that the Program Leader - Administrative Coordinator of the application will consent in Task #9.

Task 2: Enter Proposal Information

Note: the information is prepopulated from previous stages. Applicants can edit some information as required.

Title

Your title is the way that CIHR identifies your research program. The title that was entered at Stage 1 Application can be modified in the Stage 2 application.

Lay Abstract

Using language accessible to a lay audience, applicants will describe the proposed research, indicating how the proposed research can improve personal health, the health of populations and/or the health delivery system. This information is used by CIHR to inform the public and Parliament about the valuable research supported through public funds (maximum of 2000 characters).

Institution Paid

The Institution Paid cannot change in the Stage 2 application.

Please note that prior to submitting your completed application, the Institution Paid will have access to view a limited number of application fields while your application is in progress.

Certification Requirements

If you are awarded a grant, the necessary certification requirements must be met in accordance with policies on ethical conduct of research. Relevant policies:

Note: For further information on research involving human participants and human biological materials, refer to the TCPS 2-2nd edition of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.

In order to carry out the proposed research in this application, is an exemption from Health Canada under Section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act required?

Indicate if your proposed research is such that an exemption from Health Canada under Section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) will be required. Consult the Health Canada website for details regarding obtaining an exemption under Section 56 of the CDSA.

Does this application propose research involving Aboriginal people?

Indicate if your application proposes research involving Aboriginal people. This information will be used for statistical purposes only. Any questions or comments may be sent to the Aboriginal Ethics Guidelines mailbox at aeg-lda@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

Applicants whose proposed research will involve Aboriginal People should consult Ethics of Health Research Involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis People.

Are sex (biological) considerations taken into account in this proposal?

Indicate if sex (biological) considerations are taken into account in this proposal. For a guide to sex and gender based analysis consult the CIHR website.

Are gender (socio-cultural) considerations taken into account in this proposal?

Indicate if gender (socio-cultural) considerations are taken into account in this proposal. For a guide to sex and gender based analysis consult the CIHR website.

  • If yes, describe how sex and/or gender considerations will be considered in your research design (limit of 2000 characters).
  • If no, explain why sex and/or gender are not applicable in your research design (limit of 2000 characters).
Containment Level

Definitions of Levels may be found in the PHAC laboratory biosafety guidelines.

Environmental Impact

Proposals will be reviewed for potential impacts on the environment in accordance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Descriptors

Provide keywords to describe your program of research, the techniques and the methodologies it will employ and the areas of interest.

Areas of Research

Select the areas of research that best describe your proposal from the list provided.

Classification

Select the classifications that best describe your proposal from the list provided.

Themes

Select a primary theme classification. Indicate additional theme classifications only if the substance of the grant application significantly overlaps more than one theme. Consult the definition of the four CIHR Themes on the CIHR website for more information.

Suggested Institutes

Select a primary CIHR Institute whose research mandate is related to this application's research area(s) and objective(s). Additional Institutes should only be selected if the substance of this proposal significantly overlaps with the research mandate of more than one Institute.

Task 3: Complete Summary

The applicant(s) are asked to provide a research summary using scientific or technical terms making sure to provide the following information (as applicable):

  • The broad goal(s) of the proposed research and clear linkage indicating how they fit the objectives of the funding opportunity.
  • A brief overview of relevant background information and/or rationale for the proposed research.
  • Specific research aims with a brief overview of the methodology that will be used to address each of the research aims.
  • The nature of the core expertise being brought together to address the proposed research. Information may include important collaborations, within or outside of the research community that will be accessed to achieve the outlined research goals.
  • Expected outcomes of the proposed research highlighting the significance of the proposed research and how it will advance knowledge and/or its application to health care, health systems and/or health outcomes.

This research summary will be used to match the most appropriate expert reviewers to individual applications. The research summary is provided to reviewers to declare their conflicts of interest and level of expertise, also known as ability to review.

Note: Your completed summary cannot exceed 3,500 characters (including spaces). When cutting and pasting text into the text box, the exact number of characters may vary slightly depending on the type of browser that you are using.

Task 4: Complete Application

Provide a clear and concise summary for each adjudication criterion outlined in the Stage 2 application requirements listed below. In addition, consult the Interpretation Guidelines: Foundation Scheme Adjudication Criteria to obtain additional information on how the application will be assessed by peer reviewers.

Note: You must enter information for each of the following adjudication criteria in the relevant text boxes provided in ResearchNet. The character limits are indicated for each criterion and the limits include spaces. Depending on the software you use, copying and pasting text from a word processor may not match the character count in ResearchNet. The text boxes will not allow coloured text, tables, figures, or images.

4.1: Adjudication Criteria

The following questions are used by the reviewers to assess these criteria. Please address them in your application.

Criterion 1 - Quality of the Program (50%)

This section is divided into two subsections (a) Research Concept and (b) Research Approach. The specific requirements for each subsection are outlined below.

Sub-criterion 1.1: Research Concept (25%)

Limit: 10,500 characters including spaces.

The applicant(s) will be asked to articulate the program of research by outlining the goal, objective(s) and, at a high level, the components of the program of research and potential short-term and long-term impact(s) of the proposed program.

Applicants are encouraged to reflect upon the questions being asked of reviewers when completing this subsection. These include:

  • Are the goal and objectives of the proposed program well-defined and well-articulated?
  • Is there conceptual coherence within the program of research?
  • Are the potential short-term and long-term program outputs significant? Are they likely to significantly advance health-related knowledge and/or its translation into improved health care, health systems and/or health outcomes?

Sub-criterion 1.2: Research Approach (25%)

Limit: 10,500 characters including spaces.

The applicant(s) will be asked to articulate their research approach (i.e., how they will deliver on the objectives of the program of research), including:

  • Potential challenges to the approach.
  • Mitigation strategies that will be employed to overcome those challenges.
  • How progress and success of their proposed research program will be measured against key achievements.

The applicant(s) will not be expected to provide extensive details on established methodologies; however, they should appropriately describe novel/innovative approaches.

Foundation grants are meant to be flexible in order to allow the Program Leader(s) an opportunity to innovate and explore new lines of inquiry. A detailed research design and project-by-project plan for each thematically-linked project in the program of research is not expected.

Applicants are encouraged to reflect upon the questions being asked of reviewers when completing this subsection. These include:

  • Is the research approach appropriate to deliver on the proposed program objectives?
  • Does the approach allow for flexibility in direction as the program evolves?
  • Does the approach include a high-level description of how progress and success will be measured?
  • Does the approach include a plan for identifying potential challenges and applying appropriate mitigation strategies?
Criterion 2 - Quality of the Expertise, Experience and Resources (50%)

This section will include information required to assess the Quality of the Expertise, Experience and Resources. This section is divided into three subsections: (a) Expertise, (b) Mentorship and Training and (c) Quality of the Support Environment. The specific requirements for each subsection are outlined below.

The Foundation CV(s) will also be used as part of this assessment.

Sub-criterion 2.1: Expertise (20%)

Limit: 10,500 characters including spaces.

The applicant will be asked to outline, at a high-level, the collective expertise, experience and resources being assembled, and how it is appropriate to ensure the delivery of the objectives of the proposed research program. This includes:

  • The expertise and experience (disciplinary, professional, or methodological) of the proposed Program Leader(s), as well as Program Expert(s) (e.g., researchers, technicians, knowledge-users, partners, patients and trainees, etc.).
  • The level of engagement (e.g., time commitment and contribution) of Program Leader(s).
  • As applicable, the commitment (cash or in-kind) from interested or engaged knowledge user(s).
  • The coordinated roles of the Program Leader(s) and any Program Expert(s) in the oversight and management of the program of research.
  • A plan to seek out expertise (new Program Expert(s)) based on the anticipated future needs of the program of research, as it is expected that the Program Experts may evolve over the duration of the grant, based on the needs of the proposed program.

Applicants are encouraged to reflect upon the questions being asked of reviewers when completing this subsection. These include:

  • Does the applicant(s) have the appropriate expertise and relevant experience to lead and manage the proposed program of research, considering its objectives and scope?
  • Is there an appropriate complement and level of engagement and/or commitment from key Program Expert(s) and (as applicable) applicant partners?

For any knowledge translation approach, the applicant should have the relevant knowledge user(s) identified. In some cases, the appropriate knowledge user(s) is critical to achieving the desired impact of the research program, and, its ultimate success; hence, an integrated knowledge translation approach may be appropriate. Such an approach would require a commitment to a genuine relationship with the relevant knowledge user(s). Knowledge user(s) may be responsible and accountable for the application/uptake of the program outputs.

A commitment (cash or in-kind) from interested or engaged knowledge user(s) is not an absolute requirement, but can be reasonably expected depending on the nature and type of knowledge user. In some cases, the financial commitment may support a critical step towards the application of the program outputs.

Sub-criterion 2.2: Mentorship and Training (20%)

Limit: 7,000 characters including spaces.

The applicant will be asked to articulate a mentorship and training plan including:

  • An outline of training goals, learning opportunities, and key activities.
  • Appropriate mentoring/training approaches in relation to the proposed program of research and research field.
  • The rationale for the proposed training approach.
  • Potential challenges of the mentorship and training plan and a strategy for identifying and mitigating these challenges.
  • How progress and success will be measured.

Applicants are encouraged to reflect upon the questions being asked of reviewers when completing this subsection. These include:

  • Does the research program include a comprehensive mentorship and training plan for building capacity and positioning students, trainees, knowledge-users, emerging scholars and/or new/early career investigators for successful research careers and/or other career paths in non-academic health-related fields?
  • Does the proposed plan demonstrate an appropriate approach for meeting its objectives in relation to the program of research and the research field?
  • Does the plan include a strategy for identifying and mitigating potential challenges?

Activities and collaboration with individuals from non-academic spheres is an important consideration. Non-academic professionals benefit from both interactions with and access to research resources, and training on use of these resources. The reverse is also true.

Sub-criterion 2.3: Quality of Support Environment (10%)

Limit: 3,500 characters including spaces.

The applicant will be asked to outline the resources that they currently have in place to ensure the successful delivery of the research program objectives, including:

  • Physical infrastructure (and/or other types of infrastructure such as consortia, professional networks, etc.)
  • Support personnel
  • Equipment
  • Specialized facilities
  • Supplies

Applicants are encouraged to reflect upon the questions being asked of reviewers when completing this subsection. This includes:

  • Is the described environment(s) appropriate to enable the conduct of the program of research and to manage and deliver on the objectives and key components of the proposed research program (e.g., research, knowledge translation, mentoring/training) through the provision of, or access to, the required infrastructure?
4.2: References

This sub-task is designed to capture any references you cited within your application (e.g. your bibliographic information). A standard reference style is required – APA or a similar format. Please note that information included in this section cannot exceed 7,000 characters including spaces (approximately 2 pages).

Note: When cutting and pasting text into the text box, the exact number of characters may vary slightly depending on the type of browser that you are using.

4.3: Attachments
Allowable attachments

All attachments pertaining to your research proposal must be included in the "Attachments Task" found under the Complete Application Task in ResearchNet. All attachments must adhere to the guidelines for attachments on the Acceptable Application Formats and Attachments.

The following attachment will be permitted:

  • Figures supporting your application (maximum 2 pages)

Note: Be sure to label your figures. Legends should be succinct and should not contain detailed information pertaining to methods.

Task 5: Identify Application Partners (Optional)

This task collects information on all Partners involved in your application. Partnership contributions can be a combination of cash and/or in-kind contributions. There is no upper limit on partner contributions to a program of research.

Information Required from Partners

A signed letter of support from every partner must be uploaded in ResearchNet at the time of application for all cash and/or in-kind contributions. The letter should include specific incremental cash or in-kind contributions being provided in support of the proposed research.

A dollar value will need to be estimated for a partnersꞌ in-kind contribution. For example, typically Knowledge Translation would be considered in-kind funding as there is a value associated with the task. Details of the contribution will also need to be entered into the budget subtask in the partner information section in the budget details subtask. 

To enter partner information on ResearchNet, access the Identify Application Partners task and:

  1. Click "Add a Partner".
  2. In the small textbox on the left, click the search icon. A search tool will appear.
    • Type the partner name, or a portion of the name, and click search.
    • The search will display results and narrow itself as more information is typed.
    • To facilitate search, enter "%" before and/or after your keyword.
    • Select the partner name from CIHR's prepopulated list.
  3. If the partner does not appear, select "Other".
  4. Enter the required field to create a new organization record.
  5. Repeat these steps for every partner on the proposal.

To upload partner letters of support:

  1. From the Identify Application Partners task root menu, select "Manage Attachments" and upload the PDF document.
  2. Repeat these steps for each partner.

Task 6: Enter Budget Information

Within this section, the applicant will be required to outline their budget request and justify that the requested resources are appropriate to financially support the proposed research program as described in the application.

Information on eligibility of expenses and employment under grants is found in the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) Financial Administration Guide, Use of Grant Funds. Please also note the following:

  • Applicants will not be expected to provide detailed, line-by-line breakdowns of their budget request within the budget categories.
  • All amounts entered in the budget section must be totals for the entire duration of the grant (not yearly amounts).
  • For the Foundation Scheme, the period of support is 5 years for New/Early Career Investigators and 7 years for all other applicants.
  • All amounts indicated in the budget should be in Canadian dollars.
  • Information such as cost quotations or letters of support are not required as part of the application, and may not be attached to this module.
6.1 Research Funding History

Applicants will be provided their baseline funding amount based on their funding history. This information will be considered as part of the evaluation of their request. If the budget request exceeds the baseline amount, a justification for the additional amount requested must be provided in section 6.4 Justification.

  • For applicants with prior CIHR Open funding history, this amount has automatically been generated for you based on your identified eligible Open funding history.
  • For applicants with no prior CIHR Open funding history, you will be contacted by CIHR and provided instructions on what to submit in order that your baseline can be calculated.
6.2 Complete the Budget Request

Within this section the applicants are asked to indicate and justify the required amounts to support their proposed program of research. CIHR expects that the budget request for the program of research be consistent with the Program Leader's established budget baseline, as calculated by CIHR. Any increase above the calculated baseline amount will need to be justified by the applicants.

Applicants will be required to:

  1. Enter the requested amount for each budget category.
    • Each amount must be rounded to a multiple of $1,000;
    • If a category does not apply, the field can be left blank.
  2. Justify the amount requested within each applicable category (maximum 900 characters) in the context of the requirements of the proposed research program with a concise, high-level description of what the funds will be used for.

Note:

  1. The expectation of the budget request is that it is a reasonable estimate that takes into consideration the needs of the program of research and any anticipated changes in requirements over the term of the grant.
  2. The sum of all of the budget categories (total requested budget) must add up to a multiple of $25,000.
  3. CIHR will disburse funds in equal yearly instalments.
  4. Individuals paid from grants are not employees of CIHR.
  5. The budget must include the applicable provincial and federal taxes and should be calculated using the after-rebate tax rates. After-rebate tax rates are available on the Canada Revenue Agency website.
Information on the Budget Categories

This section provides a brief overview on the budget categories and what may be included within the respective categories.

  1. Research Staff:
    1. All research staff (research associates, assistants, technicians, etc.) should be determined by the work required for the research and the corresponding technical needs.
    2. Salaries for Program Leaders cannot be paid from the grant.
    3. Release time allowance may be requested to facilitate the participation of a Knowledge-User in the proposed research program. The eligible cost is limited to $50,000/year/individual/grant. Persons receiving release time allowances are not considered CIHR employees.
  2. Trainees: Costs related to the training and mentoring of trainees, students and Knowledge-Users (e.g., stipends, salaries, benefits) are to be included in this section.
  3. Consumables: CIHR grant funds may be used to cover only the direct costs of research (materials and supplies, services, travel for research activities, etc.) and may not be used for indirect costs.
  4. Non-Consumables: Funding for equipment may be requested for this competition. Equipment is defined as any item (or interrelated collection of items comprising a system) of nonexpendable tangible property, having a useful life of more than 1 year and a cost of $2,000 or more, which is used wholly or in part for research. Maintenance and operating costs of equipment are also eligible expenses.
  5. Knowledge Translation: Costs associated with dissemination of research results such as manuscript publication, travel for knowledge translation activities (e.g., conferences), etc. are to be included in this section.
  6. Other: Costs associated with any other expenses related to the proposed research program that are not covered in the above categories are to be included in this section.
Expectations for budget requests:

CIHR expects that the budget request for the program of research be consistent with the Program Leader's established baseline, as calculated by CIHR. This means that:

  1. Applicants with an existing CIHR Open Funding History:

    The budget request should be consistent with the budget baseline established by CIHR based on funding (from Open Grant Programs) that the applicant has held in the past. The average amount of CIHR Open funding, held as Nominated Principle Applicant, will be used to establish the baseline amount for the Foundation Scheme Stage 2 application. Any request that exceeds the baseline amount will require additional justification in section 6.4.

  2. Applicants with no CIHR Open Funding History:

    The budget request should be justified in the context of the budget baseline established by CIHR. The applicant's past funding history (e.g., CIHR Strategic Funding, NIH) will be used to establish the baseline amount for the Foundation Scheme Stage 2 application. Any request that exceeds the baseline amount will require additional justification in section 6.4.

  3. New/early career investigators:

    Budget baselines will be calculated for new/early career investigators in the same manner as above. However, it is recognized that new/early career investigators may not have enough of a funding history to establish a meaningful baseline. Therefore the budget request may exceed the established baseline amount. Any request that exceeds the baseline amount will require additional justification in section 6.4.

  4. Applicants who are Applying Jointly (Multiple Programs Leaders)

    In addition to the requirements noted above, in the case of joint applicants, only funding that has been held jointly will be considered in establishing the baseline amount for the joint application. The joint funding history will be used to establish the baseline amount for the Foundation Scheme Stage 2 application. Any request that exceeds the baseline amount will require additional justification in section 6.4.

6.3 Complete the Partner Budget Details sub-task (if applicable)

Within this section, the applicant may highlight any partner contributions (cash and/or in-kind support) that have been secured, or that are expected to be secured, to support the proposed program of research. Please note that this step is optional, and should only be completed if this section is relevant to your budget. 

Securing partner funds (e.g. from industrial partners, knowledge user organizations, etc.) is not a mandatory component of the Foundation Scheme; however, depending on the type of research program being proposed, partner funding may be helpful, and you may be encouraged to attempt to secure a type of cash or in-kind support from relevant partners. For example, partner support could be requested to support a critical step in applying/translating the research program outputs that are relevant to the partner.

In order to include any partner funding in the budget section, you must first identify the partner in the Partner Task (section 5). When you do this, a subtask will automatically appear within this sub-section of the Budget Task. Click on the partner name on the navigation column on the left, and complete the following steps:

  1. Enter the partner's financial contribution in the cash or estimated in-kind value column for each year.
  2. If there is no partner contribution for a given year, enter "0" in both the cash and in-kind columns.
  3. Repeat these steps for each partner.
6.4 Justification

Limit: 3,500 characters including spaces.

Provide a justification for the appropriateness of the funds requested to support the proposed program of research. This justification is in addition to that provided in 6.2 for each individual budget category.

Note:

  • Applicants must provide a robust justification for any requests that are higher than their funding baseline as established by CIHR.
  • Requests to consolidate existing funding from other sources (e.g., health charity, provincial funding agency) are not an acceptable justification for an increased budget request.

Task 7: Complete Peer Review Administration Information

This task collects information used for the purpose of peer review administration.

Suggested Reviewers

Suggest Canadian and/or foreign reviewers that you feel have the expertise to review your application. CIHR reserves the right to make the final selection of reviewers. You should not suggest reviewers who are in conflict with you or with your work. Consult the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Agreement for Review Committee Members, External Reviewers, and Observers on the CIHR web site for more information.

Reviewers to Exclude

Provide the names of individuals who you feel cannot provide an objective review of your application, ensuring that you provide a reason for their exclusion. CIHR reserves the right to make the final selection of reviewers.

Task 8: Preview

Review all components of your application and ensure that every task is completed. If a task is incomplete, you must provide the missing information in order to successfully submit your application. To mark the preview task as complete, every other task must be marked as complete.

Program Leader – Administrative Coordinator only: Review all components of your application and ensure that every participant on the application has completed their required tasks. You will have the opportunity to preview your Full Application Package prior to submitting your application to CIHR.

Task 9: Consent and Submit

All Program Leaders and "Named" Program Experts on the application must agree to General Conditions and Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information, presented on ResearchNet, before the Administrative Coordinator-Program Leader can submit the application to CIHR. There is no wet signature requirement as part of this application.

Once every task is complete, including the consent, the Program Leader - Administrative Coordinator of the application must review the terms listed, and respond to the questions regarding consent in order to submit the application.

The Program Leader - Administrative Coordinator will then click Send. The application will be sent to the Institution Paid, as part of the eApproval process, and ultimately, to CIHR. Once CIHR receives your application, you will receive e-mail confirmation.

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