Personalized health catalyst grant webinar Q&A

January 27, 2017


1. If you hold a Catalyst grant in another area, are you eligible to apply for another one?
Yes. As long as each grant application is distinct. Please see the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide for general eligibility information.
2. If you hold funding from other sources, does this nullify the ability to also get catalyst funding?
This would be problematic only if there was overlap with another funded project. This overlap would need to be justified in the budget section of the application and the applicant would need to confirm that there is no double use of funds for the same expenditures.


3. What does registration entail?
Complete details on the registration process can be found in the How to Apply section of the Funding Opportunity on ResearchNet:
4. Is the registration a competitive process?
No. The Application content is released to peer reviewers for evaluation
5. Is there a maximum word or page limit for the registration?
The 'Summary of Research Proposal' submitted at the Registration Phase cannot exceed 1 page.
6. If a proposed project crosses more than 1 type (e.g. both e-health apps and predictive analytics), should we still choose one type, or choose both when submitting?
Applicants only have the option to choose 1 type since it is a drop down option. When submitting please chose the one with the higher area of focus for your project.
7. Do we need a nominated knowledge user PI or would this be a co-PI?
The NPA must be an independent researcher. Knowledge Users may participate as co-applicants.
8. Are we only able to register 1 PI, or can there be two co-PIs?
Applications can only include one 'Nominated Principal Applicant', but can have unlimited co-PIs.
9. Can co-PIs be changed after registration but prior to the deadline for the full application?
10. Is it possible to submit two applications?
An NPI can submit two applications as long as the projects are distinct.
11. Do we need to have a partner from industry/vendor at registration or just the application phase?
The identification of the SME is not required at registration, but must be part of the full application.
12. Which parts of the application can be changed after registration? What are the specific differences in the grant application format between the catalyst grant the project grant?
The NPA and project title must remain unchanged after Registration. Applicants are encouraged to consult the How to Apply section of the Funding Opportunity for complete details on application format and requirements.
13. Will the application be judged by the partner's ability to market a product, or the combined ability of the researcher, the partner, and the researchers' infrastructure (e.g. their base hospital) to jointly market a product?
Those factors will be considered among others in the evaluation.

Vendor/SME/technology partner/industry partner:

14. How necessary is it that the partner be a Canadian SME? We would like to partner with an international SME and bring their technology to Canadian patients.
One of the objectives of this is to promote and support successful economic and social development for Canadian companies. Therefore the SME must be a Canadian company, or have a major subsidiary here. An international company could partner with a Canadian SME in order to be eligible.
15. Can SME vendors be changed after registration?
16. Who has intellectual property rights when the SME is involved with university researchers?
The researcher and the SMEs are asked to sort that question out locally, CIHR does not make this determination.
17. Can more than 1 SME be involved in one catalyst grant application?
18. Why is there a requirement for technology partners to have "an independent board of advisors"?
This allows reviewers to determine which companies are sufficiently independent from the researcher. Having a board of advisors is a critical factor in identifying the independence of a company.
19. Is there any expectation for the partner to contribute cash or in-kind? Does the industry partner need to invest in the project ?
It is not a requirement that the partner invest, however it would be a positive feature of an application if a contribution was being made by an SME into the co-customization of an application.
20. Is SME involvement required for all 3 types of grants, or only for the e-health pool?
Only for the e-health pool.
21. Does the technology partner have to be a private enterprise versus a public enterprise?
The technology partner can be private or public as long as they fulfill the characteristics outlined in the funding opportunity
22. As an industry partner, eXDee Ltd. is well positioned to be the vendor for any researcher working in catalyst pools #2 and #3. What would be the best way to connect with PIs?
You can connect with the Research Department at a University in your area or with your provincial health funding agency. You can always contact the individual who sent you webinar information and they can connect you with CIHR who can also help to connect you with researchers.
23. Can an SME partner with multiple NPAs, and thus be represented on multiple applications?
24. For technology partners, will all funding be routed through the PI, who will have to be invoiced for services rendered?
All CIHR funds will be sent to the university researcher, through their eligible institution. In these partnerships it would be expected that some of the development customization work that the SME is doing could be partially funded by the catalyst grant, so the NPI would need to make that fund transfer arrangement with the SME.

Catalyst Grant type 1 – Sex-Drugs-Genes:

25. Could you please clarify if there are 3 co-PIs do all need to send in the gender course completion certificate or only the NPI?
Only the NPI is required to complete the module. However, given that the "Quality and appropriateness of the sex- and gender-based analysis" will be evaluated as part of the Research Approach at the peer review stage, it may be useful for all Co-PIs to complete the relevant training module(s) prior to submitting the full application.
26. Can you confirm the training module requirements are necessary at the time of registration?
Yes. The NPI must submit a certificate of completion for at least one of the online competency modules at the time of registration. A PDF of the certificate is available upon completion of the module. This PDF Certificate must be sent to

Catalyst Grant type 2 - E-health app:

27. For the e-health catalyst grant, is collaboration with an health IT vendor an eligibility criteria?
28. Can the e-health development grant support further development of a current app following an evaluation?
29. If we applied to previous catalyst call for -health innovation and were not accepted to move forward to the full application. Are we still eligible to apply for this opportunity?
30. Is there a preference given to the new development of an existing eHealth app, or is the enhancement / extension of an existing eHealth app considered the same?
If an applicant has an existing e-health app and are making no changes to it then it would not be eligible, but if an applicant is modifying an existing app to better align with this initiative then it would be considered eligible.

Catalyst Grant type 3 – Predictive Analytics:

31. With respect to the predictive analytic models, can the project include data collection as well as linkage, harmonization and analysis?
32. In the presentation, it was mentioned that the catalyst grant should use "Canadian data assets". We would like to use international data to develop our predictive models. Do we need to use Canadian data sources?
Yes, the data sources must be Canadian.
33. Is there a specific baseline by which new tools will be judged for improvement?
All evaluation criteria information can be found in the funding opportunity.


34. How do the Mitacs internships work? Does the fellow/student come up with a side project or is it to work specifically on the grant?
The Mitacs Accelerate program leverages funds invested by an eligible partner organization, and the student/fellow has to perform part of the research project in collaboration with this organization (the notion of internship comes from that interaction). When submitting a grant proposal to CIHR for the Catalyst grant, applicants need to include an appendix covering the Accelerate part of the project. The Accelerate internship has to be a part of the Catalyst project. CIHR performs the peer-review and Mitacs will conduct an internal eligibility check. Once both are approved, the $7,500 contributed by the partner organization become $15,000 after Mitacs' leveraging (per 4 to 6 months internship unit). When writing your Catalyst grant proposal, we suggest you connect with your local Mitacs Business Development representative who can explain all the details.
35. Can applicants apply for more than 1 Mitacs unit through this program? I.e., could they involve multiple students or have 1 student for more 2 or more units?
Students/fellows can do more than one Mitacs Accelerate internship unit. Proposals can also include more than one student.


36. How would IRAP facilitate access to SMEs? Is there an NRC-IRAP process to go through before the registration/application deadline, or would this only be after the funding has been received?
On the NRC-IRAP website there is a phone number that connects individuals with their local industrial technology advisor, who will refer applicants to the NRC-IRAP team leads or biomedical sector teams who will help make the linkages.


37. Does the term "personalized medicine" include tailoring of the treatment to the patient's informed preferences, not only taking into account biological markers and clinical profile of the patient?
38. Do you have a list of eligible expenses for the budget?
Please refer to the tri-agency financial administration guide.
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