CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Award 2022

Overview

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.

Objectives

The CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Award is designed 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. The award also recognizes the leadership, mentorship, and innovative contributions of the recipients.

The CIHR-IPPH will consider applications for this award that are determined to be relevant to the Institute mandate and in keeping with the Institute values of:

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

Up to three awards will be given, for exceptional researchers at different career stages.

Important dates

Application deadline November 22, 2021
Anticipated Notice of Decision February 28, 2022
Funding Start Date March 1, 2022

Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $37,500, enough to fund three awards. The maximum amount per award 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.

Eligibility

Eligibility to Apply

For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be:
    1. an independent researcher
    2. appointed at an eligible institution (see Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines) at the time of application
    3. hold their primary academic appointment at a Canadian institution
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be a population and public health researcher with an active research program in population and public health and:
    1. be an early career researcher for the early career pool;
    2. be a mid-career researcher for the mid-career pool;
    3. be a senior researcher for the senior pool.
  3. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be nominated by a member of the Canadian health research community. (see Nomination Package in How to Apply section). Nominators may have previously worked or be currently working with an individual they nominate
  4. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be endorsed by the executive head of the institution where they hold their primary academic appointment (i.e. from the President, Provost, Rector, Dean of the Faculty, Research Director or similar appropriate authority from the applicant’s faculty) through a letter of support (see Nomination Package in How to Apply section).

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

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

Review Process and Evaluation

Relevance Review Process

The CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health will perform relevance review to identify applications that are in alignment with the objectives of this funding opportunity.

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

Review Process

A CIHR review committee will evaluate the full applications. The committee may be drawn from one of CIHR’s pre-existing committees or may be created specifically for this funding opportunity. Committee members are selected based on suggestions from many sources including the institute(s)/branch(es) and partner(s), following the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations.

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 evaluation criteria will be used.

  1. Level of impact and experience in Canada and/or internationally in population and public health research and aligned with the IPPH mandate.
  2. Level of influence on policy and/or practice in Canada and/or internationally in population and public health research and aligned with the IPPH mandate.
  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.

Applications will be reviewed in comparison to other applications within the same career-stage category.

Funding Decision

The top-ranked application relevant to each career pool will be funded.

How to Apply

Nomination Package

The nomination package must include:

  1. Impact statement outlining accomplishments and impacts. (maximum 5 pages for English applications, 6 pages for French applications)
    • The nominee must outline the extent to which they have created an influential body of work 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.
    • The statement by the nominee must provide evidence, relative to their career stage, of their leadership, 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.
    • Impact statements written in French will be allowed to submit additional pages, in support of evidence demonstrating that French documents require approximately 20% more space than similar English documents. Therefore, to ensure equivalent space is given to statements submitted in either official language, the following page limits will apply: 5 pages when the Impact statement is written in English 6 pages when the Impact statement is written in French

      Note: Pages that exceed the limits above will be removed with no further notification to the Nominated Principal Applicant.

  2. A signed letter of nomination (maximum 2 pages)

    Each application must include a letter of nomination from a peer in the field. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

    • A signed letter from a peer nominator providing the principal reasons for which the nominee merits consideration for the award. It 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. The letter should emphasize the achievements of the applicant in alignment with the evaluation criteria for the award. The nomination letter should be from an established expert in population and public health in Canada or internationally who is in a position to provide an expert assessment of the impact of the applicant’s career achievements.
  3. Institution letter of support (maximum 2 pages)

    Each application must include a letter of support from the Faculty Dean, Research Director, or similar role from the applicant’s institution.

    • o A signed letter from the head of your institution (i.e. from the President, Provost, Rector, 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 engages students in their work.
    • Additional letters of support will not be considered.
  4. Nominated Principal Applicant must complete the CIHR Academic CV.
  5. The following documents must also be included:
    • Nominator contact information: Contact information of the nominator, including name, title, organization, address, phone number and email.
    • Consent form: The nominee must complete and sign the following form: “Applicant consent form for use and disclosure of personal information provided to CIHR for peer review” [ PDF (288 KB) | Help ]
    • Print/Upload Signature Pages: Signatures must be included in a table for the Nominee, the nominator and individual(s) with signing authority from the Institution Paid. Original signatures are not required. The scanned signed signature pages must be included when submitting the application.

The Nomination Package should be forwarded to the Nominee who will submit it with their application.

Contact information

For all inquiries please contact:

IPPH
Telephone: 416-736-2100 ext. 33364
Email: ipph-ispp@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Past recipients

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