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Funding opportunity

The CIHR Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI) is pleased to announce an upcoming new funding opportunity: Data Analysis Using Existing Databases and Cohorts. The intent of this funding opportunity is to highlight and encourage the use of previously funded cohort, administrative, and survey data. Data platforms that allow access to and/or linkage of multiple datasets include the Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE). There will be three funding streams: one stream in cancer prevention and control, another in reproductive, maternal, child, and youth health, as well as a stream in healthy cities intervention research. CIHR will be hosting webinar(s) to support researchers interested in participating in the healthy cities intervention stream. The details will be posted shortly on CIHR website. Statistics Canada, CMHC and CANUE will also be holding a two-hour webinar to provide more information on datasets available that are relevant to healthy cities research on June 25, 2019 (1:00 – 3:00). Applicants must register to participate.

Healthy cities intervention research

In partnership with Statistics Canada and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), this funding opportunity will fund projects that are relevant to the HCRI priorities focused on primary prevention of disease and promotion of health and well-being through interventions to the urban environment. The initiative will fund projects that use existing data. Potential projects must undertake one of the following:

  • Evaluate the impact on health and health equity of interventions to the physical, social or policy environment;
  • 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, aging or new-aging 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 and measures for the evaluation of urban physical, social or policy interventions.

Anticipated Timelines

  • Funding opportunity launch: July 2019
  • Full Application Deadline: October 2019
  • Anticipated Funding Start Date:  March 2020
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