Hacking the Knowledge Gap
Trainee Award in Women’s Heart Health (2016/17)

Timeline and Funding

Application deadline

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis until January 4, 2017

Notification of decision

January 13, 2017

Funding per award

$8,000 per award

Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Available Funds
  3. Eligibility
  4. Allowable Costs
  5. Review Process and Evaluation
  6. How to Apply
  7. Contact Information

1. Description

CIHR’s Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) and Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) are co-sponsoring this funding opportunity to facilitate a Hackathon focussed specifically on increasing the uptake of research knowledge on the Heart Health of Canadian Women.

ICRH supports research into the causes, mechanisms, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation for a wide range of conditions associated with the heart, lung, brain (stroke), blood, blood vessels, critical and intensive care, and sleep. The ICRH vision is to achieve international leadership by fostering an environment of openness, excitement, energy, commitment and excellence in highly ethical, partnered initiatives focused on research, research training, and research translation for the circulatory and respiratory sciences and for the betterment of the health of Canadians.

IGH’s mission is to foster research excellence regarding the influence of gender and sex on the health of women and men throughout life and to apply these research findings to identify and address pressing health challenges.

Under IGH’s Hacking the Knowledge Gap initiative, IGH and ICRH are partnering to provide awards designed to support trainees in the development of knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) skills and experience in areas relevant to their mandates. Specifically, awardees will be invited to take part in a two-day Hackathon event designed to foster creative problem solving around KTE challenges relevant to 2016/17 Theme of Hacking Women’s Heart Health. This year’s Hackathon is being co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF).

This award, to attend the Hacking Women’s Heart Health event, specifically aims to address significant knowledge gaps that exist between health research findings and clinical practice in the area of women’s heart and cardiovascular health. To assist trainees in developing their KTE skills, this Hackathon will stimulate innovative solutions to mobilize known knowledge gaps in women’s heart health. The Hackathon setting will provide a collaborative solutions-focused environment that brings together trainees, senior researchers, knowledge users and individuals with a variety of KTE, communications, marketing and design expertise, who researchers may not ordinarily have the opportunity to work together with. By bringing together individuals with a variety of perspectives, this event aims to spark innovation and maximize the impact of KTE strategies, products and tools generated at the Hackathon.

The Hackathon event will take place in conjunction with the inaugural meeting of the HSF supported Women’s Heart Health Network. Senior researchers from the Network will also take part in the Hackathon, providing valuable networking and mentorship opportunities. Awardees will be invited to participate in this meeting of the Women’s Heart Health Network.

Whether training in the area of biomedical, clinical, health systems or population health research, all trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and recent graduates) who bring a substantive focus on gender and/or sex to research related to women’s heart and cardiovascular health are eligible to apply for this $8,000 award. "Substantive" means that gender and/or sex are an integral part of the applicant's program of research and research design. For information on integrating gender and/or sex into research designs, please refer to the CIHR Sex, Gender and Health Research Guide and the IGH Gender, Sex and Health Research Casebook. Awardees are also required to successfully complete one of IGH’s interactive online training courses on integrating gender and/or sex into health research. The award is meant to fund both costs associated with attending the Hackathon and assist with follow-up KTE activities and collaborations resulting from the Hackathon.

Awardees will be required to submit an elaborated Hackathon problem statement (see below for further details), explain what they can contribute to the Hackathon, and what they expect to gain from participating in the event.

The KTE Hackathon will take place in Toronto, the afternoon of February 9 and all day February 10, 2017. The Inaugural meeting of the Women’s Heart Health Network will be held in Toronto all day February 8 and on the morning of February 9. Successful grantees have the opportunity to attend the Network meeting, and are strongly encouraged to do so. If grantees plan to attend the Network Meeting, they will need to include the costs of travel and accommodation in their anticipated costs. Food and registration costs for the Network meeting will be covered by the Heart and Stoke Foundation.

2. Available Funds

The total amount available for this program in fiscal year 2016-17 is $80,000 for one year (enough to fund approximately 10 prizes).

The IGH and ICRH contributions to the amount available for this award are subject to availability of funds allocated annually to CIHR by parliamentary appropriations, and the conditions that may be attached to them.

3. Eligibility

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be:

To be eligible for this award, the proposal must:

  • Demonstrate the applicant’s strong interest in gender and/or sex based research and experience in its application to women’s heart and/or cardiovascular health;
  • Indicate what skills, experience and/or expertise the applicant can contribute to the Hackathon event;
  • Indicate how the applicant expects to benefit from the Hackathon event; and
  • Include a problem statement  (details below).

IMPORTANT: Applications must not include a proposed approach to addressing the identified knowledge gap. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with inter-disciplinary teams at the Hackathon to realize the work to be accomplished collectively.

It is important to note that not all funded trainees will necessarily have the opportunity to address the specific gap outlined in their application. Significant overlaps between applications may occur or other, pressing challenges may be identified by IGH, ICRH and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, which were not included in the awardee problem statements. All trainees will, however, have the choice of which problem statement and team they wish to work with.

In the application, trainees must also indicate their commitment to attending the Hackathon event, understanding that this is a condition of the award.

4. Allowable Costs

Applicants need to budget for costs associated with travel to attend the Hackathon in Toronto, for the afternoon of February 9 and all day February 10, 2017 and, if attending, the Women’s Heart Health Network Meeting of February 8 and morning of February 9, 2017.

The grant awarded will fund applicant travel and contributions to collective work following the Hackathon over the course of the one-year grant period. This may include:

  • Costs associated with the production of KTE products, which may include but are not limited to website design, audio-visual production, webcasting, graphic design, etc.;
  • Costs to support dissemination, including printing of written materials and postage;
  • Language translation as needed to meet the needs of target audience(s);
  • Costs associated with delivery of virtual and face-to-face events such as audio-visual equipment, venues, and travel.

5. Review Process and Evaluation

Applications will undergo an initial assessment by IGH staff to ensure that they are both eligible and complete. Only eligible and complete applications will proceed to the application review stage.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate how their problem statement and expertise could contribute to the development of innovative KT strategies and tools.
  • Applicants must clearly articulate how addressing their identified problem would benefit from inclusion in this event and illustrate their commitment to open collaboration, in keeping with Hackathon principles.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate how sex and gender are relevant to their problem statement.

The evaluation committee will be composed of IGH staff, ICRH staff, Heart and Stroke Foundation Staff and may include other researchers in fields relevant to the applications. IGH will notify applicants of the competition results by email.

6. How to Apply

  1. Create a cover page for your application with the following information:
    • Name
    • CIHR PIN
    • Email
    • Level of studies
    • University
    • Department/program of study
    • Name of supervisor
    • KTE problem statement title
  1. Complete the Institute Community Support (ICS) application form [PDF (626 KB)] according to the following instructions:
    • Complete Section 1. Note: If you do not have a CIHR Personal Identification Number (PIN), please visit the Register with CIHR web page.
    • Indicate "IGH KTE Hackathon Award" in Section 2 a). Note: Do not complete other items in Section 2.
    • Do not complete Section 3.
    • Complete Section 4.
  1. Construct a KTE problem statement. Adhering to the structure and headings prescribed below, build a KT problem statement that clearly addresses each of the questions/instructions outlined in each section. Your statement must be written in plain language, understandable to a multidisciplinary audience and be double-spaced, paginated and in a 12-point font. The word limit is 1,000 words (not including a bibliography, if applicable); text in excess of this limit will not be reviewed.

    It is recommended that all applicants consult the Guide to Knowledge Translation Planning at CIHR: Integrated and End-of-Grant Approaches for guidance in KT plan development.

    Application Components:

    1. Title
      • Assign a title to your KTE problem statement
    2. Synopsis of research
      • Describe the graduate thesis or postdoctoral project linked to your KTE problem statement. How is this work substantively focused on women’s heart and/or cardiovascular health? What is the significance of your research in the context of the literature?
    3. KTE problem statement
      • Briefly identify a significant gap between evidence and knowledge and/or clinical practice related to women’s heart and/or cardiovascular health (and substantiate the existence of this gap through a review of the literature) (The Gap);
      • Describe the significance of this gap to women’s health outcomes (The Importance);
      • Identify previous efforts to close the gap and where they fell short (if applicable) (Lessons Learned);
      • Identify 3-5 key barriers to closing the knowledge gap you have identified (The Challenge);
    4. Hackathon goals
      • Describe and justify what you expect/hope to get out of the Hackathon, and how your identified gap would benefit from being included in the event.
    5. Anticipated outcomes
      • Identify at least three indicators of success you could feasibly report on to document the outcomes of having attended the Hackathon.
    6. Hackathon Attendance
      • Indicate that you are committed to attending the Hackathon event in Toronto from February 9-10, 2017 and understand that the award is conditional on your attendance for the entirety of the event;
      • Indicate that you are committed to attending and participating in the Hackathon even if your specific problem statement is not addressed at the event.
  1. Indicate the anticipated costs of attending the event (travel, accommodation, meals, caregiving costs, if applicable), and Network meeting if applicable. After the Hackathon, remaining funds will be dedicated to continuing work over the course of the one-year grant period. A detailed account of how these funds were spent in support of the KTE initiative must be included in the end-of-grant report (receipts may be required).
  1. Create an applicant CV including training, publications, grants and other knowledge translation activities (3 pages maximum). This can be formatted as a Word document. This competition does not require completion of the Common CV.
  1. Obtain a transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) for your current or, in the case of postdoctoral fellows, your most recent program of study.
  1. Complete one of IGH’s training modules, and attach your certification of completion.
  1. Obtain a signed letter of support (2 pages maximum) from your primary supervisor for the thesis or postdoctoral project linked to the proposed KT problem statement. This letter should address your interest in women’s heart and cardiovascular health research and how you might benefit from attending the Hackathon. The letter of support can be included with your application package or sent directly to IGH by your supervisor.
  1. Email your application to: Rachel.macneill@criugm.qc.ca. Receipt of emails will be acknowledged.

A complete application consists of:

  • A cover page;
  • A signed ICS form;
  • An Application with all listed components;
  • A travel budget (travel, accommodation, meals, caregiving costs, if applicable)
  • An applicant CV (3 pages maximum);
  • A transcript for your current or, in the case of postdoctoral fellows, your most recent program of study;
  • A letter of support from your primary supervisor (2 pages maximum).

Late applications or applications with missing documents will not be accepted. Applicants are responsible for ensuring the completeness of their applications.

Funded Hackathon Award applications must be received by 23:59 EST January 04, 2017.

Recipients of this award are required to:

  • Provide IGH with a final report on the outcomes of the KTE initiative suitable for publication in IGH, ICHR or HSF communications products and/or on the IGH, ICRH or HSF website. IGH will provide recipients with a final report template at a later date;
  • Provide IGH with a copy of any products created as part of the funded KTE initiative, such as print materials, videos, website links, and so forth, and grant IGH, ICRH and or HSF unrestricted license to distribute these products under the condition that the Intellectual Property of the rightful party is acknowledged;
  • Acknowledge the support of IGH, ICRH and the Heart and Stroke Foundation in all materials, including open access publications, and, where appropriate, include the CIHR logo. IGH will provide successful applicants with official logos and guidelines for acknowledgement.

7. Contact Information

For more information about this funding opportunity, please contact Krystle Van Hoof at krystle.van.hoof@criugm.qc.ca.

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