Trailblazer Award in Population and Public Health Research

Important dates

Application Deadline

January 2, 2018

Anticipated Notification of Decision.

March 29, 2018

Funding Start Date

March 1, 2018

Description

Demographic shifts toward an aging population, rapid urbanization, climate change, the growing burden of chronic diseases, and widening health inequities within and between countries are but a few of the complex problems facing Canada and other nations. To tackle these problems, we need relevant, high quality and timely population and public health evidence. These complex problems often require innovative solutions that increasingly leverage new data sources, technology and methodologies. Population and public health (PPH) research focuses on the interactions between the biological, social, cultural, and environmental factors that determine health, disease and disability at a population level. It involves generating knowledge about responses that will ultimately change the daily living and working conditions to improve people’s lives now and in the future. Population and public health tackles the causes of the causes – the fundamental structures of social hierarchy and the socially determined conditions these structures create in which people grow, live, work and age.

The CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Award in Population and Public Health Research is a career achievement award that recognizes exceptional contributions in the area of population and public health research. Applicants must have made substantial impacts on the field of population health and its use in policy and/or practice in Canada and/or internationally. The award also recognizes the leadership, mentorship, and innovative contributions of the recipients. Up to three awards will be given, for exceptional researchers at different career stages.

Each application must be supported by a nomination.

Funds Available

CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to grants received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $37,500, enough to fund approximately three awards. The maximum amount per award for one year is $10,000, plus an additional $2,500 for travel and accommodation for an event organized by CIHR.
  • Of this $37,500:
    • $12,500 is available to fund up to one early career population and public health researcher
    • $12,500 is available to fund up to one mid-career population and public health researcher
    • $12,500 is available to fund up to one senior career population and public health researcher

Objectives

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

To recognize the exemplary efforts and activities of exceptional Canadian researchers at different career stages who have created a highly influential body of work that has had a substantial impact on the field of population and public health research and its use in policy and/or practice in Canada and/or internationally.

Relevant Research Areas

The CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health will provide funding for applications that are determined to be relevant to one or more of the following research areas in domestic and global contexts:

  • Coherent intersectoral action for population health improvements
  • Scalable population health solutions
  • Equitable population health impacts

For more information about each research area, please consult IPPH's strategic plan refresh

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for all CIHR research funding programs apply. The business office of the institution of an eligible Nominated Principal Applicant generally administers CIHR funds. Refer to the Individual Eligibility Requirements regarding the eligibility requirements for individuals and institutions.

Eligibility to Apply

For your application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be:
    1. An independent researcher.
    2. Be affiliated with an eligible institution (See Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).
    3. Hold their primary academic appointment at a Canadian institution.
  2. To be eligible for the early career pool, the applicant must be a population and public health researcher with an active research program in population and public health and up to 5 years of experience past their most recent qualifying degree at the time of application.
  3. To be eligible for the mid-career pool, the applicant must be a population and public health researcher with an active research program in population and public health and more than 5 and up to 15 years of experience past their most recent qualifying degree at the time of application.
  4. To be eligible for the senior funding pool, the applicant must be a population and public health researcher with an active research program in the area of population and public health and more than 15 years of experience past their most recent qualifying degree at the time of application.
  5. The nominee must be nominated by a member of the Canadian health research community and be endorsed by an executive head of the candidate’s institution where they hold their primary academic appointment (e.g. Dean, President, Provost, Rector, etc. depending on the institution). Nominators may have previously worked or be currently working with an individual they nominate.

Current and past members of the CIHR Governing Council, current and past CIHR Scientific Directors and current and past CIHR-IPPH staff are not eligible for these awards.

Guidelines

General CIHR Guidelines

Successful applicants funded through this funding opportunity and any other persons working on the project must fully comply with the applicable CIHR Funding Policies.

Allowable Costs

Recipients should review the Use of Grant Funds section of the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) Financial Administration Guide for a complete listing and description of allowable costs and activities.

Conditions of Funding

  • The applicant must consent to the use and disclosure of full application and nominative information for relevance review and funding decisions at the time of application.
  • The Principal Applicants who are successful in this competition are strongly encouraged to actively participate in peer review, and as members of the CIHR College of Reviewers, when invited.

Review Process and Evaluation

Relevance Review Process

The CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health will provide funding for applications that are relevant to (in alignment with) the objectives and research priority areas described in the Objectives section.

Prior to peer review, the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health will have access to full applications for the purposes of relevance review.

Review Committee

One CIHR review committee will evaluate all applications.

For information on CIHR’s peer review principles, see the Peer Review: Overview section of CIHR’s website.

Evaluation Criteria

To support the strategic objectives of this funding opportunity, the following factors will be considered relative to stage of career:

  1. Level of impact and experience in Canada and/or internationally in one or more of the relevant research areas in population and public health research.
  2. Level of influence on policy and/or practice in Canada and/or internationally in one or more of the relevant research areas in population and public health research.
  3. Extent of achievements in Canada and/or internationally in the areas of leadership, mentorship, and capacity building at the individual or institutional level in the area of population and public health research.

Funding Decision

Each funding pool will have its own, separate budget as described in the Description section under Funds Available. The top-ranked applicant in each pool will be funded. Applications that receive a rating below 3.5 will not be funded.

How to apply

Nomination Submission Requirements

Each individual must be nominated for the award. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations must include the following:

  1. A signed letter of support
    • A signed letter from the nominator providing the principal reasons for which the nominee merits consideration for the award. The letter should clearly outline how the nominee has made an outstanding contribution to the field of population and public health research and its use in policy and/or practice in Canada and/or internationally, relative to their career stage (no more than three single-spaced pages of text, bibliography included).
  2. Contact Information
    • Contact information of the nominator and nominee, including name, title, organization, address, phone number and email.
  3. A Signed Letter from the Nominee
    • A signed letter from the nominee accepting the nomination.
  4. A signed letter of support from the Dean of the Faculty/Research Director
    • Signed letter must be from the Dean of the Faculty/Research Director or similar appropriate authority from the applicant’s faculty confirming the applicant has an active research program and endorsing the application.
  5. Consent Form

The completed nomination package must be sent by January 2, 2018 to:

Ariane Klassen
Email: ariane.klassen@globalstrategylab.org
Subject: Trailblazer Award

Receipt of the nomination package will be confirmed. If confirmation is not received within 48 hours, please contact IPPH.

Specific Instructions for the Nominee (ie. the individual who would receive the award if funded)

  • Complete the CIHR Academic CV.
  • Submit a Research Summary outlining accomplishments and impacts limited to 3 pages (excluding references) as a maximum.
  • In the Research Summary, nominees must demonstrate:
    • The extent to which they have created an influential body of work in the research area that has had a substantial impact on the field of population health research and its use in policy and/or practice in Canada and/or internationally, relative to their career stage. For example, contributions to the scientific literature, potential to inform decision making in health and/or outside of the health sector, and development and/or advancement of methods or theories in population and public health research.
    • Evidence, relative to their career stage, of their leadership, potential for mentorship and capacity building at the individual or institutional level, and innovative contributions to the field of population and public health research relative to stage of career.
  • As Letters of support: attach the nomination letter, and a letter from the Dean of your institution. (Additional letters of support will not be considered)
    • Both letters should provide detailed evidence as to how the applicant has made an outstanding contribution to the field of population and public health research and its use in policy and/or practice in Canada and/or internationally, relative to the applicant’s career stage. Letters should emphasize the achievements of the applicant in alignment with the evaluation criteria for the award.
    • One of the signed letters must be from the Dean of the Faculty/Research Director or similar appropriate authority from the applicant’s faculty confirming the applicant has an active research program and endorsing the application. Applicants with an active research program are defined as having an on-going program of research, routinely engaged in scholarly dissemination activities, actively seeking external research funding, who meaningfully engage students in their work.
    • A maximum of 5 publications relevant to the application, and that the nominee feels most represent their career accomplishments, can be attached.
  • Task: Apply to Priority Announcements/Funding Pools
    • At the top of your Research Summary, please indicate which Funding Pool you are applying to:
      • Trailblazer Award: Early Career Population and Public Health Researcher
      • Trailblazer Award: Mid-Career Population and Public Health Researcher
      • Trailblazer Award: Senior Career Population and Public Health Researcher

Contact Information

For all inquiries please contact:

Ariane Klassen, Communications Specialist
Email: ariane.klassen@globalstrategylab.org
Tel: 416-736-2100 ext. 20714

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