Grant Name: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Status:

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Deadline:

March 15, 2022

Description

The Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries in Public Safety Personnel (PTSI in PSP) initiative was announced in Budget 2018, with a commitment of $20 million over five years to support a new national research consortium between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT). This National Research Consortium builds the evidence base related to PTSI among PSP, under the guidance of a Public Safety Steering Committee (PSSC).

CIHR has completed two successful funding programs in this initiative; Catalyst Grants in Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI) among Public Safety Personnel (2019), and Mental Wellness in Public Safety Team Grants (2020).

Working with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the other groups above, CIHR has developed the third and final funding program under this initiative. This third funding program will include three funding opportunities following a hub-and-spoke model; beginning with the recently launched Research and Coordination Hubs for Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries in PTSI in PSP (2021) to establish two distinct research and coordination hubs (one each to support the two streams listed below). The overarching design of this program is to build the evidence base around proper support models for PSP suffering from PTSI, using an implementation science lens.

The remaining two funding opportunities in this program will be the ‘spokes’ and will be open to the broader research community. This funding will directly build on the work of the research and coordination hubs and will broaden the pool of potential research questions – and research groups – that can be addressed/funded. This funding opportunity is the first of the final two ‘spoke’ funding opportunities.

There are two streams of research that will be supported across all three funding opportunities (i.e., a three-staged approach with two parallel streams).

  1. The first stream aims to build the evidence base for a crisis/suicide prevention line, leveraging PHAC’s support for the development of a pan-Canadian Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS), as announced in Budget 2019 and housed at the Centre for Addition and Mental Health (CAMH).
  2. The second stream aims to build the evidence base for app-based peer-to-peer (P2P) support based at McMaster University, building on the work of one of the original PTSI in PSP Catalyst grants to create a pan-Canadian PSP support app (“OnCall”), in partnership with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

These streams were identified through extensive consultations with key stakeholders, and the two identified hubs represent the leading national activities in each of these areas.

The intent of this funding opportunity is to address innovative research questions related to the efficacy/effectiveness, feasibility, development and/or evaluation of best practices, guidance documents and uptake of both services by PSP.

Eligibility

For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher or a knowledge user, affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution and/or its affiliated institutions (including hospitals, research institutes and other non-profit organizations with a mandate for health research and/or knowledge translation).
  2. The NPA must be appointed at a CIHR-Eligible Institution at the time of application.
  3. The NPA must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.
  4. The NPA must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and submit a Certificate of Completion. Select and complete the training module most applicable to your project. Applicants are encouraged to review “How to integrate sex and gender in research“, “Why Sex and Gender Need to be Considered in COVID-19 Research”, and “Meet the Methods Series: Quantitative intersectional study design and primary data collection”, as well as consult the evaluation criteria. See How to Apply for more details.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a knowledge user on their applications. If a knowledge user is not identified at the time of application, applicants will need to describe in their proposals how they plan to engage knowledge users over the course of the grant.

How to Apply?

  • The application process for this funding opportunity is comprised of two steps: Registration and Full Application using ResearchNet.
  • To complete your Registration follow the instructions in Grants – Registration Guidelines along with any additional instructions found below under “Specific Instructions”.
  • To complete your Full Application, follow the instructions in the Grants “Application” Phase Instruction Checklist along with any additional instructions found below under “Specific Instructions”.
  • All participants listed, with the exception of Collaborators, are required to:

Specific instructions to complete your ResearchNet application

Step 1 — Registration

Task: Identify Participants

  • List all project participants in this task.
  • The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must remain unchanged between the registration and full application phases of the competition. Other participants can be added or removed between the two stages.
  • All participants, with the exception of Collaborators, must submit a CIHR Registration CV.
    • All CVs must be submitted using the Canadian Common CV confirmation number.

Note: Applicants are not expected to include participants from the Research and Coordination Hubs for Public Safety as part of their application.

Task: Complete Summary of Research Proposal

  • Summarize your research proposal. Note that your summary cannot exceed one page.

Task: Apply to Priority Announcement / Funding Pools (mandatory)

  • Select the funding opportunity title under the “Priority Announcement/Funding Pool Title” drop-down list, then select the Relevant Research Area (Funding Pool) under the “List of Relevant Research Areas” drop-down list.
  • You must select only one funding pool for your application. If you select more than one, your application will only be considered for the first one identified.

Task: Complete Peer Review Administration Information

  • Suggest reviewers that have the expertise to review your application.

Step 2 — Full Application Instructions

Task: Identify Participants

  • A Nominated Principal Applicant must be identified.
  • The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) and Principal Applicants (PA) must provide a CIHR Biosketch CV.
  • Co-Applicant(s) and Knowledge User(s) are not required to submit CVs but it is encouraged. A CIHR Biosketch CV OR an Applicant Profile CV is acceptable. The Applicant Profile CV is a 3-page PDF CV that can be uploaded in the “Attachments” subtask.
  • Collaborators are not required to submit a CV.

Note: Applicants are not expected to include participants from the Research and Coordination Hubs for Public Safety as part of their application.

Task: Enter Proposal Information

  • The Research Proposal should clearly outline each of the elements presented in the evaluation criteria section.
  • Research proposals written in French will be allowed to submit an additional page, in support of evidence demonstrating that French documents require approximately 20% more space than similar English documents. Therefore, to ensure equivalent space is given to Research proposals submitted in either official language, the following page limits will apply:
    • 5 pages when the Research proposal is written in English
    • 6 pages when the Research proposal is written in French
      Note: For research proposals submitted in English, any pages over the 5-page limit will be removed with no further notification to the Nominated Principal Applicant.
  • References, charts, tables, figures and photographs can be uploaded under “Attachments – Research Proposal Appendix”.

Task: Complete Summary of Research Proposal

  • Summarize your research proposal. Note that your summary cannot exceed one page.

Task: Enter Budget Information

  • Provide a detailed budget justification in relation to planned activities and clearly justify all budget items (including cash and cash equivalent contributions, if relevant).
    • Budget must include funds to attend an annual workshop, if requested by CIHR (see Conditions of Funding).
    •  Applicants must include the cost (travel expenses only) of participating at these workshops in their budget to a maximum of $5,000 per year per grant. If annual workshop is held online due to travel being deemed unsafe at the time or for any other reasons, the successful applicant is still expected to attend virtually.
  • For release time allowance requests, you must include a letter (upload as “Other Supporting Documents”) from the recipient’s organization certifying that the individual for whom the release time allowance is requested:
    • Is a knowledge user on the grant whose primary responsibilities do not include an expectation to engage in research (i.e., as part of their regular employment);
    • Has their organization’s approval for the research time on the project that would justify the allowance; and
    • Is engaged in the activities for which funds are being disbursed.

Task: Attach Other Application Materials

  • Other – Upload the following documents as “Other”:
    • Certificate of completion for the sex- and gender-based analysis training module (mandatory): Download the PDF Certificate and upload the PDF (or Print Screen jpg) here. Note that this document is mandatory for the NPA (see Eligibility).
    • Applicant Partner COI Document (optional): Describe the role of all applicant partners, how/if they will contribute to research and research related activities, and any consideration of risk and/or conflict of interest as appropriate (Maximum 1-page).
  • List of Publications and/or Other Research Outputs (optional) – upload under “Publications”: Append a maximum of three (3) publications and/or other research outputs relevant to the proposal.
  • Letters of Collaboration (optional)– upload under “Letter of Collaboration”:
    • Signed letters of Collaboration are required from all collaborator(s) listed as Collaborators on the application.

Note:  Letters of Support from the Research and Coordination Hubs for Public Safety are not required.

Task: Complete Peer Review Administration Information

  • This task collects information used for the purpose of peer review administration and aids CIHR in recruiting appropriate expertise.
  • Suggest Canadian and/or international reviewers that you think have the expertise to review your application. CIHR reserves the right to make the final selection of reviewers. You should not suggest reviewers in conflict of interest. Consult the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Agreement for Peer Reviewers and Peer Review Observers on the CIHR website for more information.

Task: Apply to Priority Announcements / Funding Pool (mandatory)

  • Select the funding opportunity title under the “Priority Announcement/Funding Pool Title” drop-down list, then select the Relevant Research Area (Funding Pool) under the “List of Relevant Research Areas” drop-down list.
  • You must select only one funding pool for your application. If you select more than one, your application will only be considered for the first one identified.

Task: Print/Upload Signature Pages

  • Required signatures:
    • Signatures must be included for all applicants (except collaborators), and individual(s) with signing authority from the Institution Paid.
    • Original signatures are not required. The scanned signed signature pages and the Routing Slip must be uploaded in the Print/Upload Signature Pages task in ResearchNet prior to submitting your application.

Task: Preview

  • Preview all components of your application. If a task is marked as incomplete, you must provide the missing information in order to successfully submit your application.

Task: Consent and Submit

  • You must review the terms listed, and respond to the questions regarding consent in order to submit your application.

Click “Submit to CIHR” to send your application. The CIHR deadline for receipt of all applications is 8 p.m. ET.

Funding Amount

Up to $50,000

Contact Information

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178
Email: support-soutien@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Processing Fee

N/A

Location/Classification

Canada
Mental Health

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