Apply to Host a BBE

Canadian policy makers at the Provincial/Territorial or Federal levels are invited to submit an application to host a BBE on a health-related topic at any point in the year. While applicant teams must be led by a Canadian policy maker, BBE planning partners can include non-policy makers. Canadian policy makers may also choose to submit an application in partnership with policy makers from other countries on a shared topic of interest. Successful applicant teams will work with CIHR to plan and host the sessions.

Application and Program Details


Interested applicants must submit a completed application form in order to be considered. The application must meet the criteria listed below:

  • Led by a Canadian policy maker at the Federal or Provincial/Territorial level and approved by the relevant Director General or equivalent;
  • Topic to be discussed is health-related;
  • Event planned to take place within 3-6 months of the date the application is received;
  • Objectives are reasonable for a one-day meeting;

Eligible applications will be evaluated by a small review panel based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of the policy questions or objectives for the event;
  • Relevance and importance of the issue to the Department/Portfolio’s current policy agenda;
  • Potential for the BBE to influence policy/decision making;
  • Rationale for the use of the BBE tool over other types of events (evidence to policy connection);
  • Strength of plans for inclusion of relevant key decision makers in the planning process to ensure final impact/outcomes of the BBE;
  • Feasibility of the achieving the anticipated outcomes of the BBE;
  • Strength of plans for moving the policy issue forward following the event; and
  • Overall quality and clarity of the proposal.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the review within 2-3 weeks of submitting their application. Applicants that do not meet the above criteria will be provided an opportunity to address feedback and re-submit their application once per calendar year.

*In addition to an eligibility review, a feasibility assessment will also be conducted based on the timelines requested by applicants, and taking into consideration the capacity of the CIHR planning team at that time.

For more information about the program, or to obtain an application form, please contact CIHR’s Best Brains Exchange Team:

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