IPPH’s Starting Investigator Initiatives

Dear colleagues,

Building capacity in early career investigators and trainees continues to be a priority for IPPH. For example, last week IPPH launched our Winter Travel Awards for travel in spring-summer of 2018. We use these grants as an opportunity to build capacity within population and public health by providing opportunities for starting investigators to attend events and conferences. One of the awards available is for IPPH’s Starting Investigator Workshop.

Starting Investigator Workshop

Building on the success of last year, IPPH is hosting the Starting Investigator Workshop for the second time. Once again, for three days in June, we will bring together researchers in the first two years of their career to learn about CIHR (grant writing, the peer review process, knowledge translation, etc.), and to create networking opportunities with senior academics as well as senior public health policymakers. It is essential for us to support researchers at the beginning of their academic careers to ensure that they have the information and contacts that they need for a successful career.

This year, in response to feedback from last year, we have expanded eligibility. Investigators are eligible for this funding opportunity if they first became (or will become) eligible to apply for CIHR funding as a nominated principal applicant on any day between July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019.

Potential participants must apply to the Starting Investigator Workshop through the Travel Grant award.

Application deadline: February 14, 2018
Notice of decision: March 29, 2018

Health System Impact Fellowship program

IPPH is happy to support the Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship program. This program provides highly-qualified doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows studying health services, public health and policy research, or related fields (e.g., informatics, economics, nursing), a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health system and related organizations outside of the traditional scholarly setting – in public, private for-profit, not-for-profit, or Indigenous health organizations – and to develop professional experience, new skills, and networks.

Learn more about the Health System Impact Fellowship program on ResearchNet.

Application deadline: April 5, 2018
Anticipated start date: September 1, 2018

Ongoing Initiatives

In addition to these opportunities, IPPH continues to encourage new investigators to apply for grants by reserving a portion of each initiative’s funds specifically for new investigators. We hope to see an increase in the number of applications from those that have never received CIHR funds before.

Finally, IPPH also includes a category for early career researchers in the Trailblazer Awards, which recognize excellence in public health research.

IPPH is committed to building capacity in population and public health, and we will continue to advocate for and create opportunities for early career investigators and trainees.


Steven J. Hoffman JD PhD LLD
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Population & Public Health
Director, Global Strategy Lab, and
Professor, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University

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