Collaborative Health Research Projects

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Description

The Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) program is a joint initiative between the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The CHRP program supports innovative interdisciplinary collaborative research projects requiring participation from the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community. Proposed research projects must have a strong focus on knowledge translation (KT) and lead to health and economic benefits for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and/or a strengthened health care system. Funding for CHRP projects can be for up to three years for defined projects with clear milestones and decision points.

The CHRP program requires that projects adopt an integrated knowledge translation (IKT) approach, i.e., projects where knowledge/technology users (KTUs) that could benefit from the research are meaningfully engaged at appropriate stages throughout the research process and as appropriate to inform research planning and design.

In the context of improved health for Canadians, the objectives of the Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) program are to:

  • Translate research results to knowledge/technology users and other stakeholders;
  • Encourage the natural sciences or engineering and health research communities to collaborate and integrate their expertise;
  • Advance interdisciplinary research leading to knowledge and technologies with the potential to benefit Canada by improving the Canadian healthcare system and/or services and where appropriate lead to economic opportunities in Canada; and
  • Train highly qualified personnel in collaborative and interdisciplinary research of relevance to health, while preparing them for employment opportunities in the private, public or not for profit sectors.

Application Process:

The funding opportunity has a two-step application process. Phase 1 requires completion of a Letter of Intent (LOI). Phase 2 requires applicants successful at LOI stage to complete a full application.

Please note:

  • the 2015 CHRP competition has undergone revisions to the program including new application materials and a new review process. Please ensure that you follow the current guidelines only.
  • the application will be processed through CIHR’s application system (ResearchNet).
  • one organization must be designated as the Principal KTU in the Letter of Intent (LOI).  Other KTUs may be described in the LOI Knowledge Translation Plan, as appropriate.  KTUs can be from the private, public or voluntary sectors.
  • All participants, with the exception of collaborators, must register for a CIHR PIN. It is important that this is done well in advance of the deadline.
  • A CIHR validated Common CV must be attached for Nominated Principal Applicants, Principal Applicants and Co-applicants. Knowledge/Technology Users must attach a Knowledge User CV. (Only the Nominated Principal Applicant and Principal Applicants must submit a CCV at the LOI stage.)

Funding:

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $20.7 million over three years. This amount includes $300,000 from the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis for applications that align with their relevant research areas.  Note, there is no limit on the amount you can request. The maximum duration of support for any one grant is three years. This funding is non-renewable.

Critical Dates:

  •  Monday, May 4, 2015 , 5:00pm – Internal Deadline for completed MRA and draft Letter of Intent
  •  Friday, May 15, 2015, 8:00pm – LOI must be submitted online via ResearchNet (this is a HARD DEADLINE)
  •  Thursday, October 1, 2015  -Full Application Deadline (by invitation only)  for proposal to be submitted  online via ResearchNet with all required attachments (this is a HARD DEADLINE)

 Signatures:

Letter of Intent – the Nominated Principal Applicant does not need to provide a signature: electronically submitting an application via ResearchNet constitutes a signature from the NPA. CIHR requires the physical signatures of other participants (i.e., other Principal Applicants, Co-Applicants, Knowledge Users, Supervisors, etc.); these must be collected and uploaded to the Letter of Intent application, together with the Routing Slip, by the Nominated Principal Applicant before it is submitted. Signature on behalf of the institution is not required.

Full Application – the Nominated Principal Applicant does not need to provide a signature: electronically submitting an application via ResearchNet constitutes a signature from the NPA. CIHR requires the physical signatures of other participants (i.e., other Principal Applicants, Co-Applicants, Knowledge Users, Supervisors, etc.); these must be collected and uploaded to the application, together with the Routing Slip, by the Nominated Principal Applicant before it is submitted. The application form does not need to be signed by UofT: electronic institutional approval from our office, after you have submitted it online via ResearchNet, constitutes signature on behalf of UofT.

MRA at Full Application: Applicants who did not submit an MRA at LOI stage (i.e. applicants who applied through an affiliated hospital) must submit an MRA before October 1, 2015. Please note: a) the MRA process should be started well in advance of the October 1 deadline; it can take several days to obtain the required approvals; b) applicants with Status-only appointments will need to request MRA account set-up.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS ON ELIGIBILITY

  • PRINCIPAL APPLICANTS must be eligible under BOTH NSERC AND CIHR eligibility guidelines.
  • Principal applicants, whether UofT or hospital-based, must apply through their UofT departments and Research Services.
  • CO-APPLICANTS can be EITHER NSERC or CIHR eligible, OR both.
  • Adjunct professors who meet NSERC’s eligibility criteria, but whose primary place of employment is not a university, may participate as co-applicants.

 RESOURCES:

CHRP Application Tips & Checklist 2015

Contact Information

Deanna Pong
Research Funding Manager, Health and Life Sciences
deanna.pong@utoronto.ca | (416) 946-5607

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