Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health – Institute Community Support (ICS) Program (2015‑2016)

The ICS Program is designed to foster community development by providing grants and awards to individuals and organizations for the purposes of:

  • Enabling research and knowledge translation activities where the circumstances fall outside of CIHR's current suite of funding programs.
  • Supporting individuals and organizations whose goals are consistent with CIHR and its Institutes' vision, mandate and strategic directions.

Under the framework of the ICS Program, IAPH will provide funding for the following competitions:

  • Travel awards
  • Planning and Dissemination Grants

The ICS Program is not intended to support the direct cost of research (e.g., pilot projects, feasibility studies or operating grants), principal and co-investigator salaries or research equipment.

ICS Travel Awards

CIHR-IAPH will provide funding for individuals, including knowledge users and community-based researchers, presenting their own research (i.e., keynote/panel presenter, poster, workshop, etc.) at Canadian or international meetings, conferences or symposia that are determined to be relevant to its mandate.

We are currently accepting applications for the following opportunity under the ICS Program:

  1. The National Gathering of Graduate Students (NGGS);
  2. The New Investigators Meeting (NIM); and

As this is a special call-out for applications during Spring 2016, applications must be submitted this time, directly to IAPH:

Via email (preferred): and

By mail:
CIHR - Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health
Blusson Hall 11012
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

How to Apply

The following forms must be completed and submitted (preferably) electronically to IAPH:

  1. ICS Application Form; and
  2. Applicant Consent Form – these must be signed and accompany the Application Form.


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 one of the following:
    1. An independent researcher
    2. A knowledge user
    3. A trainee
  2. Applicants affiliated with Canadian non-governmental not-for-profit organizations (including community or charitable organizations) with a research or knowledge translation mandate consistent with the mandate of CIHR may be eligible to apply for funds through the CIHR ICS program.
  3. If the institution / organization of the Nominated Principal Applicant has not previously signed a memorandum of understanding with CIHR, additional paperwork will be required as a condition of funding. Additional details will be provided by CIHR.

Allowable Costs

  1. 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.
  2. The full application must provide a detailed justification of all costs. Certain types of ICS grants and awards may require costs and activities not listed in the guides, such as administrative support costs. These exceptions are identified by each Institute on their respective ICS funding opportunities on their website listed in the Description section

Conditions of Funding

  1. Successful applicants funded through this funding opportunity and any other persons working on the project must comply fully with the CIHR Funding Policies. Policies and guidelines cover areas such as Applicant Responsibilities, Official Languages policy, Access to Information and Privacy Acts, and Acknowledgement of CIHR's Support. Successful applicants will be informed of any special financial requirements prior to the release of funds or when they receive CIHR's Authorization for Funding (AFF) document.

Access to Information Act and Privacy Act, and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

  1. All personal information collected by CIHR about applicants is used to review applications, to recruit reviewers, to administer and monitor grants and awards, to compile statistics, and to promote and support health research in Canada. Consistent with these purposes, applicants should also expect that information collected by CIHR may be shared as described in the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations.
  2. CIHR as a federal entity is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act, therefore the requirements of these two statutes will apply to all information located in CIHR's premises including, without limitation, cost-sharing agreements related to this funding opportunity and all matters pertaining thereto.
  3. While respecting the application of the Privacy Act to federal entities, all signing parties involved in a collaborative agreement will also be bound by the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). All personal information (as identified by the PIPEDA) collected, used or disclosed in the course of any commercial activity under collaborative agreements related to the Funding opportunity will be collected, used and disclosed in compliance with the PIPEDA.

Tri-Council Guidelines for Health Research Involving Aboriginal People

  1. Applicants, whose proposed research will involve Aboriginal People, please consult Ethics of Health Research Involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis People.

Communication Requirements

  1. Funding recipients are required to acknowledge CIHR, its institutes and partners in any communication or publication related to the project. See Communication of Competition Results for details on CIHR's communication requirements. The contributing institutes/partners will be identified on the Authorization for Funding (AFF) and decision letter.

Travel Award Competition Timelines

Applications must be submitted by April 29, 2016.

This competition is intended to privilege support for student travel to IAPH’s annual National Gathering of Graduate Students and the New Investigators Meeting, both being held in Ottawa, ON, during the week of June 12 to 16, 2016.

The National Gathering of Graduate Students (NGGS) is an annual meeting for young researchers in Indigenous health. The Gathering provides a mentorship and capacity building forum for students, with opportunities to present and discuss their research, facilitate student networking opportunities with community and academic researchers, and attend skill-building workshops. This year’s theme will be reconciliation and the resurgence of Indigenous voice in health research. For further information about the NGGS, email Joanne Nelson ( or Maya Nakajima (

The New Investigators Meeting (NIM) brings together Indigenous health researchers at an early stage of their independent academic careers with established researchers and partners from across the IAPH mandate areas. The primary objective of this meeting is to provide practical information and learning opportunities that will assist Indigenous New Investigators, and New Investigators evidencing Indigenous Ways of Knowing or Two-Eyed Seeing as a means to strengthening their research careers. Through the NIM, participants will be provided an opportunity to make connections with other New Investigators, more established researchers, and representatives from partner organizations who are participating as speakers, facilitators, and poster judges throughout the program. For further information about the NGGS, email Joanne Nelson ( or Maya Nakajima (

The maximum amount for individual awards in this competition is as follows:

  • $2,800 for applicants from Northern and remote areas; and
  • $1,300 for all other applicants.


I declare that I am a First Nations (F), Inuit (I), Métis (M) or identify with having multiple/mixed Indigenous ancestry (MA).

Privacy Notice Statement

No personal information other than how you identify (First Nations, Inuit, Métis, or multiple) will be collected.

Contact information

For information on the IAPH ICS program, please contact:

Joanne Nelson
Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Telephone: 778-782-3561

Maya Nakajima
Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Telephone: 778-782-9628

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