Healthy Cities Research Initiative Data Analysis Grants

Funding Opportunity
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Canadian Institute of Health Research - Government of Canada

The Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI) is a collaboration across seven CIHR institutes: Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH - Lead Institute), Institute of Aging (IA), Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH), Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD). 

HCRI is partnering with Statistics Canada and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to support the use of existing survey, administrative, and linked datasets held by either agency to further research and develop indicators related to HCRI through this priority announcement funding opportunity.

CIHR and other funding agencies have invested heavily in the establishment of cohorts, databases, and data platforms. As a result, many high-quality data sets exist that contain a wealth of information and have the potential to answer research questions that go beyond those for which the data were originally collected or for which the data has been used to date. Examples of such resources include but are not limited to the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) Dynamic Cohort of Complex, High System Users, the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health (CanPath), the Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE), the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN), and the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). There is also the potential to link diverse datasets, thus enabling explorations of novel associations and interactions between human, environmental, social and clinical factors.

Funds Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $675,000.
  • The maximum amount awarded for a single grant is $75,000 for up to one (1) year.

Anticipated Timeline

  • Registration Deadline: September 16, 2020
  • Application Deadline: October 14, 2020
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: March 3, 2021
  • Funding Start Date: April 1, 2021

Research Area

As part of the HCRI, this priority announcement will fund projects that use existing cohort data, administrative datasets, surveys, registries, cohorts, and data platforms that are relevant to the initiative objectives. Specifically, the initiative will fund projects that use existing data to address one or more of the following:

  • Evaluate the impact on health and health equity of interventions to the physical, social or policy environment (including health system–mediated interventions);
  • Contribute to the planning of physical, social or policy interventions with the purpose of improving urban population health or wellbeing;
  • Address critical contextual questions related to the implementation of an intervention and scaling up of evidence-based interventions (including health system–mediated interventions);
  • Fill knowledge gaps that are critical for laying the foundation for future population health intervention research in urban areas. For example, increasing our understanding around how interventions would impact urban Indigenous, LGBTQ, older adult populations differentially;
  • Develop and validate measures for the evaluation of urban physical, social or policy interventions (including health system–mediated interventions);

Use existing microdata to develop and validate new data products, measures and indicators for the evaluation of urban physical, social or policy interventions.

Learn more about the HCRI Data Analysis Grants