Voluntary Sector Knowledge Mobilization Support Grant 2022

A CIHR Institute of Aging (IA) Program

Important Dates
2022-01-20 Application deadline
2022-02-28 Anticipated notification of decision
2022-03-01 Funding Start Date

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Description

The CIHR Institute of Aging Voluntary Sector Knowledge Mobilization Support Grant is a knowledge mobilization award that recognizes and supports up to two exceptional groups working in non-profit and voluntary sector in their knowledge mobilization efforts in the area of aging.

The CIHR Institute of Aging is dedicated to fostering excellence and innovation in the area of aging research, and to catalyzing the application of research findings to policies, practices and programs that provide real-world benefit. The Institute aims to position Canada as a global leader in ensuring that initiatives designed to improve the health of older adults take advantage of timely research evidence.

Research Areas

This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas:

Knowledge mobilization can be targeted either to a specific audience, such as researchers and/or policymakers, or to the general public.

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.

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $40,000, enough to fund four (4) awards. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per award is $10,000 for up to one (1) year.

For 2021, there are two pools (open and specialized). In your application form please indicate whether you are applying for the open pool or the specialized pool.

Open pool: This application pool is open to all applications with a focus on older adults with a focus on knowledge mobilization activities.

Specialized pool: This application pool is to encourage applications from organizations focusing on older adults from groups that are historically underrepresented.  Underrepresented groups include but are not limited to women, Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minority/racialized groups, persons with disabilities and members of LGBTQ2+ communities. All other criteria remain the same (i.e., must be older adult population with a focus on knowledge mobilization activities)

Objectives

The objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

  1. Support Canadian registered charities or non-profit organizations with work in the area of aging in the mobilization and dissemination of knowledge to those who would benefit from being better informed Areas must be relevant to at least one of the CIHR Institute of Aging’s Strategic Research Directions.
  2. Enhance the impact of available knowledge concerning the area of aging.

Eligibility

For an application to be eligible:

  1. The applicant organization* must be a registered charity or non-profit in Canada with alignment to one of the CIHR-IA Strategic Research Directions.
  2. Eligible organizations include all non-profit groups, health charities, non-governmental health policy regulators, and foundations.
  3. Academic researchers, public and private sector organizations may participate in the projects, however the nominated principal applicant must be from the voluntary sector.
  4. Applications can be submitted by a single eligible organization or in partnership.

Guidelines

General CIHR Policies

Before submitting an application to this funding opportunity, applicants should review the relevant policies and guidelines on the CIHR Funding Policies page to ensure understanding of their responsibilities and expectations.

Allowable Costs

Applicants should review the Use of Grant Funds section of the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) Financial Administration Guide for requirements regarding allowable costs and activities.

Note: This funding opportunity is not intended to provide support for consensus meetings, planning and/or development meetings, networking and partnership development events.

Conditions of Funding

  • The applicants must consent to the use and disclosure of full application and nominative information at the time of application, for purposes of relevance review and/or funding decisions by the relevant sponsors.
  • The Nominated Principal Applicant will be required to submit a final report. Requirements for this report will be provided by CIHR’s Institute of Aging.
  • The Nominated Principal Applicant will be required to contribute to the monitoring, review and evaluation of CIHR's programs, policies and processes by participating in evaluation studies, surveys, workshops, audits, and by providing data or reports as required for the purpose of collecting information to assess progress and results.

Review Process and Evaluation

Relevance Review Process

The CIHR Institute of Aging will perform a relevance review to identify applications that are in alignment with the objectives and research areas of this funding opportunity. Applications that are deemed not relevant will be withdrawn from the competition.

The following criteria will be used in conducting the relevance review:

Applications that are not deemed to be relevant will be withdrawn from the competition.

Review Process and Evaluation Criteria

A committee will review the applications and to support the strategic objectives of this funding opportunity, the following evaluation criteria will be used:

  • Does the proposal enhance the impact of available knowledge concerning the area of aging?
  • Does the proposal aim to foster partnerships and strengthen the voluntary sector community, promoting the health of Canadians and/or improving the health system?
  • Does the proposal address the communication of health research knowledge and/or the benefits of health research, in an effective manner, to a specific audience?
  • Does the proposal identify an original approach for communicating with the targeted audiences?
  • Are expected outcomes clearly identified in the work plan?

Funding decision

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

The opportunity to add new partners and internal collaborators to this funding opportunity may arise after publication. These partners and internal collaborators may not be listed; however, the principles that govern relevance review, including consent to share information and funding decisions, will still apply.

How to Apply

Note: This funding opportunity is not processed through ResearchNet.

To complete your application, follow the instructions below.

All participants listed, with the exception of collaborators, are required to:

Please use the application form below, which must be duly completed, signed, and submitted by the deadline. Instructions on how to fill out the application are included in the form.

CIHR Institute of Aging Voluntary Sector Knowledge Mobilization Support Grant Application Form [ PDF (111 KB) ]

Note: We strongly recommend that applicants encrypt their application forms prior to submitting them. Failure to follow these instructions, and those contained within the application form may result in your application being rejected. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.

Contact Information

For all inquiries, please contact:  
Patricia Versteegh
Project Lead, Institute Initiatives
CIHR Institute of Aging
Patricia.versteegh@uwo.ca

Sponsor Description

CIHR - Institute of Aging's mission is to support research, capacity building and knowledge mobilization to maintain and improve the health, resiliency, and quality of life of older Canadians.  This includes addressing the complex health challenges that can be more prevalent in older individuals.  The CIHR Institute of Aging promotes the use of a lifecycle approach to support advances in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care delivery, and social determinants of health.  

The CIHR Institute of Aging is a national leader in addressing health research priorities for older adults.  Institute initiatives not only link and support researchers located in universities and hospitals across the country, but also bring together different levels of government, practitioners, voluntary health organizations and older adults themselves.

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