IHSPR Newsletter – January 2015

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Message from Dr. Robyn Tamblyn, IHSPR Scientific Director

Happy 2015 to all! It's a very exciting and equally busy time in health research and the same can be said for IHSPR.

The eHealth Innovations Partnership Program has been live for a few months now and we're starting of the 2015 with a fresh slate of regional partnership workshops! These events are an important opportunity to bring together health care innovation communities and health technology companies to form the relationships that will be so crucial to the success of the research projects. Be sure to find out when events are happening in your region.

I extend my warmest regards and congratulation to the CIHR Health Researcher of the Year, Dr. Arthur Slutsky, and Knowledge Translation Prize Winner, Dr. Bonnie Stevens. It's always exciting to acknowledge colleagues who are doing instrumental work and our IHSPR Awards allow us to do so for our array of health services and policy researchers.

Stay ahead of new information on the Institutes Modernization and the latest research developments from our health services community.

Hope to see you on our cross country eHealth workshop tour!

Robyn Tamblyn
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Awards

IHSPR Awards

IHSPR is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Article of the Year, Rising Star Awards. Winners will be recognized at the May 2015 annual Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference.

Get ready for next year's conference and apply for the opportunities below!

Article of the Year
Application deadline: February 13, 2015

This award is intended to recognize published research in a peer-reviewed journal 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 demonstrates a clear impact or potential impact on policy, practice, or health outcomes (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).

Funds available – $ 10,000 for one grant
Grant duration – One year

Rising Star Award
Application deadline: February 13, 2015

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 excellence of Canadian research and innovative knowledge translation (KT) initiatives of graduate students (e.g. M.D., M.A., M.Sc. and PhD) and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy research;
  • 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.

Funds available – $ 3,000 for approximately three grants
Maximum amount per grant – $1,000
Grant duration – One year

2015 CIHR Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research
Application deadline: May 1, 2015

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.

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.

Funds available – $ 25,000 for one grant
Grant duration – One year

Learn more about the 2014 Winner - Dr. Tom Noseworthy
Read the News Release

CIHR Awards

CIHR Researchers of the Year 2014 – Dr. Arthur Slutsky (St. Michael's Hospital)
CIHR Knowledge Translation Award 2014 – Dr. Bonnie Stevens (Hospital for Sick Children)

eHealth Innovations Partnership Program (eHIPP)

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2015
Application Deadline: June 3, 2015

eHIPP will focus on development of inter-sectoral collaboration between healthcare innovation communities (researchers, clinicians, patients and decision makers) and industry to help realize the value of existing innovations. The expectation is for collaborative teams (healthcare innovation community + industry) to address gaps and inefficiencies in the care of two priority populations:

  • Early detection of and intervention for youth (11-25 years of age) with mental health conditions
  • Seniors with complex care needs in their homes and communities

1:1 Partner Matching
Maximum CIHR amount per award – $187,500 per year
Grant duration – Four years

View the full funding opportunity.

Watch our info webinar (EN)/(FR) and learn more about upcoming events in your region!

Events are scheduled for:

  • January – Newfoundland & Labrador
  • February – British Columbia & Yukon
  • March – Alberta, North West Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec

Funding News

CIHR

  • Summary of the Stage 1 review process for the Foundation Scheme Pilot
  • New CV Template for the Transitional OOGP Competition
  • CIHR Reforms: Update on the 2014 Foundation Scheme "live pilot" competition

CIHR Open Reforms

  • Foundation Scheme : 2014 1st Live Pilot
    Stage 2 Application Deadline: February 5, 2015

    The Foundation Scheme is designed to contribute to a sustainable foundation of new and established health research leaders, by providing long-term support for the pursuit of innovative and high-impact research programs.

    Requirements:

    Please note: CIHR has made the decision to change the funding start date for the 2014 Foundation Scheme live pilot and the Transitional OOGP competitions from October 1, 2015 to July 1, 2015. With these revised timelines, CIHR will reduce the funding gap that may exist for some current grantees from 6 months to 3 months.

Other Grants

  • Travel Awards
    Registration Deadline: January 26, 2015

    CIHR-IHSPR will provide funding for Trainees (master's and doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows) and New Investigators. IHSPR will provide funding for applications requesting support to travel to national and international meetings, conferences or symposia to present research that is determined to be relevant to its mandate and/or the following strategic research areas:

    • Primary and community-based health care
    • Access to Appropriate Care Across the Continuum
    • Financing, Sustainability, and Governance
    • Health Information and e-Health
    • Drug Policy
    • International Comparisons (health systems and outcomes)

    Funds available (from IHSPR) – $30,000
    Maximum amount per award – $1,500
    Grant duration – One year

  • Industry-Partnered Collaborative Research
    Registration Deadline: February 2, 2015
    Application Deadline: March 2, 2015

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

    • encourage and facilitate mutually beneficial university-industry collaborations in health research;
    • stimulate the health research activities of private sector companies in Canada;
    • build capacity of researchers and trainees through interaction with industry;
    • enhance communications between industry and universities;
    • foster an entrepreneurial culture within and around the health research community in Canada;
    • promote economic development through health research in Canada;
    • support the application of health research results to improve the health of Canadians.

    Funds available – $2,500,000 for approximately 2 grants
    Maximum amount per award – $250,000 per year
    Grant duration – Five years

  • Planning and Dissemination Grants
    Application Deadline: February 16, 2015

    CIHR-IHSPR will provide funding for applications for dissemination activities that are determined to be relevant to the following strategic research areas:

    • Primary and Community-Based Healthcare
    • Access to Appropriate Care across the Continuum
    • Financing, Sustainability and Governance
    • Health Information and e-Health
    • Drug Policy
    • International Comparisons (health systems and outcomes)

    Funds available (from IHSPR) – $50,000
    Maximum amount per award – $10,000
    Grant duration – One year

  • Proof of Principle : Phase I
    Application Deadline: February 17, 2015
    The Proof of Principle (POP) Phase I program provides funding for proof of principle research projects of up to 12 months duration designed to advance discoveries/inventions towards commercializable technologies, with a view to attract new investment, create new science-based businesses, organizations and initiatives, and ultimately improve health outcomes for Canadians. Research projects across all four pillars of CIHR are eligible for this program. Note that the end product is not required to generate revenue, but there must be a demonstrated market and opportunity for your product. Applications for the continuation of a research project funded through the POP Phase I grant must progress from Phase I to Phase II.
    In order for a research project to be appropriate for POP Phase I, the research should be at the stage where:

    • the intellectual property (IP) that needs to be protected (or is protected) has been identified and described;
    • the product/process/service, and what will be commercialized have been identified;
    • the IP has been subjected to an initial technology assessment.

    Funds available – $2,240,000 for approximately 14 grants
    Maximum amount per award – $160,000
    Grant duration – One year

  • Proof of Principle : Phase II
    Application Deadline: February 17, 2015

    The Proof of Principle (POP) Phase II program provides funding for proof of principle research projects up to 12 months in duration at the co-investment stage undertaking follow-on proof of principle activities in partnership with a non-academic investor. This funding opportunity is aimed at providing a platform to better enable the academic institution/researcher to move the discovery/invention further down the innovation pipeline. Research projects across all four pillars of CIHR are eligible for this program. Note that the end product is not required to generate revenue, but there must be a demonstrated market and opportunity for your product.

    In order for a research project to be appropriate for POP Phase II, the research should be at the stage where:

    • the principle of the intellectual property (IP) has already been proven;
    • the applicants have acquired interest from partners willing to invest in the new technology.
    • The proposal should be for further confirmatory testing of the IP. Applications focused solely on prototype construction will not be considered. It is not a prerequisite to have Phase I funding in order to apply to Phase II.

    Funds available – $600,000 for approximately 2 grants
    Maximum amount per award – $300,000
    Grant duration – One year

  • Team Grant : National Hepatitis C Collaborative Network
    Application Deadline: March 23, 2015
    Info Session: January 26, 2015 (EN 1:30 pm / FR 2:30 pm EST)

    The primary objective of this National hepatitis C Collaborative Network is to create a cohesive, collaborative research program in Canada that links researchers, knowledge users and decision makers from multiple pillars and jurisdictions across the country.

    Funds available – $4,250,000 for approximately 1 grant
    Maximum amount per year – $850,000
    Grant duration – 5 years

  • eHealth Innovations Partnership Program (eHIPP)
    Registration Deadline: April 1, 2015
    Application Deadline: June 3, 2015

  • Catalyst Grant : HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research
    Application Deadline: April 15, 2015

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

    • support partnerships between the community and researchers to facilitate the conduct of community-based research; and/or
    • develop future applications for more comprehensive community-based research grants.

    Funds available – $198,000 for approximately 6 grants
    Maximum amount per award – $33,000
    Grant duration – One year

  • Knowledge Synthesis Grant
    Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

    • To increase the uptake/application of synthesized knowledge in decision-making by supporting partnerships between researchers and knowledge users to produce scoping reviews and syntheses that respond to the information needs of knowledge users in all areas of health;
    • To extend the benefits of knowledge synthesis to new kinds of questions relevant to knowledge users and areas of research that have not traditionally been synthesized.

    Funds available – $1,500,000 for approximately 15 grants
    Maximum amount per knowledge synthesis – $100,000
    Maximum amount per scoping review – $50,000
    Grant duration – One year

Training and Salary Awards/Fellowships

  • Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement
    Application Deadline: February 2, 2015

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

    • support high-caliber Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences abroad; and
    • strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian universities and affiliated research institutions and universities, or other research institutions outside of Canada.

    Funds available – $114,000 for approximately 19 awards
    Maximum amount award – $6,000
    Grant duration – 3-6 months

  • Science to Business (2015)
    Application Deadline: February 2, 2015
    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

    • Encourage and enable individuals who have obtained a health-related PhD to pursue an MBA;
    • Develop a cadre of management-trained scientists;
    • Train scientists to recognize and manage health research innovations;
    • Build Canadian capacity in careers that support commercialization;
    • Foster an entrepreneurial culture within and around the health research community in Canada;
    • Promote economic development through health research in Canada;
    • Support the application of health research results to improve the health of Canadians.

    Funds available – $ 600,000 for approximately 14 awards
    Maximum amount per award –

    • $30,000/year (Full-time)
    • $15,000/year (Part-time)

    Grant duration – Two years

  • Master's Award : Dr. James Rossiter MPH Practicum Awards Program
    Application deadline: February 17, 2015

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

    • To contribute to a reliable supply of highly qualified public health professionals able to respond to current and emerging public health problems across the country, including rural and northern communities.
    • To provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a Master's of Public Health degree in Canada.
    • To build capacity for effective knowledge translation and use of research evidence by the public health system working with other sectors.

    Funds available – $ 360,000 for approximately 60 practicum awards
    Maximum amount per practicum award – $5,600
    Grant duration – One year

  • Undergraduate : CIHR Health Professional Student Research Award (2015-2016)
    Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

    • to provide research training to support students in health professional degree programs leading to licensure in Canada;
    • to help develop the next generation of clinical researchers.

    Funds available – $1,000,000
    Maximum stipend per award – $5,961
    Grant duration – 13 weeks

External

  • Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research
    Application Deadline (LOI): March 6, 2015
    Application Deadline: August 28, 2015

    The goal of the CECR program is to create internationally recognized centres of commercialization and research expertise in priority areas to deliver economic, social, health and environmental benefits to Canada.
    Financial sustainability of the centres beyond the CECR grant funding remains a key element of the program.

    The 2016 competition is seeking to fund new centres of excellence that have a robust business model, which includes strong commercialization (including new technologies, goods and services), and sustainability plans, as well as a credible budget over the proposed timeframe. Only applications that meet the threshold of excellence will be funded.

    Centres applying to the 2016 CECR competition must demonstrate how the proposed centre will address priorities of the Government of Canada, including:

    • Environmental science and technologies;
    • Natural resources and energy;
    • Health and related life sciences and technologies;
    • Information and communications technologies; and
    • Management, business or finance.

Funding Decisions

Learn about CIHR funding decisions

2014 Applied Public Health Chairs announced
CIHR is pleased to announce the 2014 Applied Public Health Chair (APHC) recipients. The program supports innovative population health research that improves health equity for citizens in Canada and around the world. This can be achieved through interdisciplinary collaborations and mentorship of researchers and decision makers in health and other sectors.

CIHR/PHAC Applied Public Health Chair Dr. Wendy Norman featured in media coverage on abortion access:  CBC Radio, CMAJ, Globe & Mail, National Post

Quality of Prenatal Care

A new instrument, the Quality of Prenatal Care Questionnaire (QPCQ), is now available for use in research and quality monitoring projects. The QPCQ is a 46-item self-report questionnaire, designed to be completed by women after 36 weeks of pregnancy or within the first 6 weeks postpartum.

Development and testing of the QPCQ was funded by a four-year operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and was guided by a multidisciplinary team of researchers and collaborators, led by Dr. Wendy Sword (School of Nursing, McMaster University) and Dr. Maureen Heaman (College of Nursing, University of Manitoba). 

The QPCQ is available for use through McMaster University's intellectual properties office. To access the free QPCQ and the scoring instructions please submit a request.

A French version of the QPCQ will be available soon.

Announcements

  • Institutes Modernization

    Governing Council has now completed the Institutes Model Review. As mandated in the CIHR Act and as recommended by the 2011 International Review Panel, this review assessed the structure, role, policies, financial framework and slate of the CIHR Institutes. Governing Council wishes to thank everyone for their contribution to this important process and, in particular, the members of the External and Internal Working Groups for their thoughtful reports and recommendations.

    Message from the President - Institutes Modernization Update
    Questions & Answers

  • Canada's Science, Technology and Innovation

    In May 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched Canada's Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy: Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage, and in doing so, outlined a comprehensive plan to make Canada a leader in S&T, research and innovation.

    On December 4, 2014, the Government of Canada launched an updated strategy: Seizing Canada's Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation 2014 which builds on the foundation laid out in the 2007 framework, but goes further to ensure that Canada remains well positioned in the global arena for research excellence, talent and wealth.

    The renewed strategy will leverage the expertise and resources of post-secondary institutions, industry and government to translate brilliant theories and ideas into applications that will improve the day-to-day lives of Canadians and generate economic growth and jobs across the country. It will be guided by four core principles: promoting world-leading excellence, focusing on targeted priorities, fostering partnerships and enhancing accountability.

    Read the full announcement

  • Discover Canada's largest research platform on aging and health

    The first major data release from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is underway. Researchers interested in accessing the CLSA platform are invited to visit the DataPreview Portal on the CLSA website for detailed information about the available data and the application process.

    The CLSA is the most comprehensive study of aging ever undertaken in Canada. The study will follow 50,000 individuals aged 45 to 85 for 20 years, collecting information about their physical, emotional and social health through telephone interviews, in-home interviews and physical assessments. To date, more than 42,000 participants have been recruited.

    The CLSA data will enable researchers to investigate the biological and psychological changes that frequently accompany aging, as well as non-medical factors such as social and economic changes. The longitudinal data will also provide opportunities for sound research that will inform decisions to design interventions and policies to improve the health and well-being of older adults.

    The June 2014 release includes the first data collected from 21,241 participants who completed 60-minute telephone interviews. Canadian and international public sector researchers are eligible to apply. Data will be available to researchers following submission and review of applications by the CLSA Data and Sample Access Committee. The process for accessing biospecimens and physical assessment data from the 30,000 participants who are seen in person is currently being developed in anticipation of the first release of these data in 2016.

    For more information, or to apply for access, visit Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

  • Ethics in research: A science lifecycle approach

    CIHR has launched a new research ethics workbook. Its purpose is to foster awareness of the ethical issues that may emerge throughout the entire lifecycle of scientific knowledge from creation to translation.

    The workbook begins by providing an overview of the four themes of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded health research including common ethical issues that may arise under each theme.

    The following section presents the Knowledge-To-Action Ethics (KTA-E) Cycle, which is the conceptual framework for the entire document.

    Section 4 provides a series of scenarios built around the four themes of CIHR funded health research.

Events

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