The Healthy Cities Research ‘Think Tank’ Travel Award

Application Deadline: 2017-10-27
Anticipated Notice of Decision: 2017-11-03
Funding Start Date: 2017-11-01


The CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) will be hosting a two-day researcher think tank on November 30th and December 1st in Toronto (venue TBD). This meeting will convene researchers from across the country to obtain feedback on how CIHR and other stakeholders can best support ‘big science’ Healthy Cities intervention research in Canada. In order to facilitate participation in this event, IPPH has established these awards to cover travel costs for attendees.

Attendees at the workshop will be asked to provide insight and thought leadership based on their experiences. The meeting objectives include:

  • Identifying the most promising current opportunities for Canadian researchers to conduct transformative research in the area of healthy cities, including how to leverage existing networks and initiatives
  • Discussing the resources that would be required to support growth and scale up of healthy cities research intervention research
  • Obtaining feedback on the appropriateness and feasibility of a virtual pan-Canadian urban health observatory to collect, monitor and compare standardized neighbourhood-level healthy cities indicators
  • Develop a common vision for next steps in supporting ‘big science’ research in the area of Healthy Cities 

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 awards received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • Through this funding opportunity there are approximately 40 awards available, valued at up to $1,500 each.


The Healthy Cities Research ‘Think Tank’ Travel Award is expected to enable top healthy cities researchers from across Canada to attend the event hosted by the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) in Toronto, and contribute to the above meeting objectives.


Eligibility to Apply

For an 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
    4. A supervisor
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be appointed at an eligible institution (See Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines) at the time of application.

For additional eligibility requirements for individuals, refer to the Individual Eligibility Requirements.


General CIHR Policies

Successful applicants funded through this funding opportunity must fully comply with the applicable CIHR Funding Policies.

Allowable Costs

Applicants 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.

The following expenses will be considered eligible for funding received through this funding opportunity:

  • Travel and accommodation for participant (all travel will be by the lowest economy fare)
  • Per diem for meals (when not provided for with the conference; applicants must use their home institution’s per diem rates)

Review Process and Evaluation

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following evaluation criteria:

  • Impact of applicant’s work on the healthy cities field both in Canada and internationally;
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience of the applicant with respect to intervention research and implementation science;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of the applicant with scalability of intersectoral solutions;
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and experience working with neighbourhood-level, urban health indicators.

Funding Decision

Applications will be funded from the top down in order of ranking.

How to Apply

Please contact Chelsea Gray by e-mail at to receive a copy of the application form. Submit completed forms and your CV (highlighting relevant work) to Chelsea by e-mail no later than October 27th, 2017.

Contact information

For all inquiries please contact:

Chelsea Gray, Project Coordinator CIHR-IPPH
Telephone: 1-416-736-2100 x 20186

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