Funding Announcement – Catalyst Grant
Population Health Intervention Research Related to the Legalization and Regulation of Non-Medical Cannabis in Canada

Dear colleagues,

CIHR’s Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), along with CIHR’s Institutes of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), Gender and Health (IGH), Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), and Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), is pleased to announce the launch of a Catalyst Grant focusing on the impact of legalization and regulation of non-medical cannabis in Canada.

Given the potential health and social implications of legalization and regulation, this funding opportunity will catalyze future population health intervention research involving new cannabis legalization in Canada (i.e., the legalization and regulation of non-medical cannabis is the intervention to be studied). This initiative and the research supported will serve as an initial step in laying the foundation for future studies on the impact of cannabis legalization in Canada. The total amount available for this opportunity is currently $1 million over one year, enough to fund 10 grants of up to $100,000 each for up to 1 year.

To support applications in this area, an information session webinar is being organized for June 1st, 2017, 2:00-3:00 EDT. Participation in the webinar is not required in order to submit an application, but is encouraged.

We look forward to receiving your applications and wish you much success in this opportunity.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steven Hoffman
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health

Dr. Brian H. Rowe
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health

Dr. Robyn Tamblyn
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research

Dr. Cara Tannenbaum
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Gender and Health

Population Health Intervention Research on the Legalization and Regulation of Non-Medical Cannabis in Canada
Key Dates
  • Information Session Webinar: June 1, 2017
  • Application Deadline Date: August 22, 2017
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision Date: January 16, 2017
  • Funding Start Date: March 1, 2018
Total available funding

$1 Million; of this $1M:

  • $400,000 is available for developing data infrastructure; 
  • $100,000 is available for an application relevant to First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous populations
Number of grants Up to 10 grants
Value of grants Maximum amount per grant is $100,000/year
Contact information support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Objectives

This funding opportunity is intended to support population health intervention research related to the legalization of cannabis in Canada. The key objectives of this research funding opportunity are to:

  • Support the prompt initiation of intervention research to assess how cannabis legalization in Canada could directly or indirectly impact population health and health equity;
  • Generate data and evidence to monitor and evaluate the potential benefits, harms, risks and unintended consequences of legalizing and regulating non-medical cannabis to population health and health equity; and
  • Facilitate consideration and application of new evidence from population health intervention research to inform ongoing and future development of policies, practices, and programs involving cannabis.

Relevant Research Areas

With legalization of cannabis in Canada as the intervention under study, this Funding Opportunity will support project planning or implementation relevant to advancing our knowledge or capacity in the following priority areas:

  • Collection of data (both health and non-health) for the purpose of research that is relevant to cannabis consumption (both medical and non-medical), health/social outcomes related to cannabis consumption, or demographic and social characteristics of cannabis consumers (e.g., age, sex, gender, geography, socioeconomic status, indigenous status, and other social determinants of health).
  • Developing data infrastructure related to the collection, storage, linkage, harmonization, sharing and analysis of the above data.
  • Surveillance, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of cannabis use as well as relevant health and social outcomes, building on new or existing data platforms.
  • Understanding how specific groups may be impacted by the legalization of cannabis (e.g., youth, indigenous peoples, persons living with mental health issues or addictions, etc.) from a health and health equity perspective and what interventions or strategies are best for maximizing benefits and minimizing harms amongst those groups (e.g., education, prevention, treatment).
    • Understanding how sex and/or gender may further affect the impact of cannabis legalization on the health of the above-mentioned groups
  • Evaluating the federal and/or provincial governments chosen regulatory models for the implementation of cannabis policies, programs and practices and generating evidence to inform the evolution of these policies in the future.

Note that for this funding opportunity, the intervention under study must be the change to cannabis policy in Canada and related programs, policies, or resource distribution approaches (focused either at the national level overall, or at provincial or municipal level). Full program details, including additional eligibility requirements, are available on the Population health intervention research on the legalization and regulation of non-medical cannabis in Canada funding opportunity page.

Please direct your questions to: Marisa Creatore, Assistant Scientific Director at CIHR's Institute of Population and Public Health, marisa.creatore@globalstrategylab.org

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