Pre-announcement: Data Analysis of Existing Databases and Cohorts Grants

The CIHR Institute of Human Development Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), and the Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI) are pleased to pre-announce an upcoming funding opportunity: Data Analysis Using Existing Databases and Cohorts.

Anticipated Funding Opportunity Launch: July 2019
Full Application Deadline: October 2019
Anticipated Funding Start Date: March 2020

Applications will be available on ResearchNet.

The intent of this funding opportunity is to highlight and encourage use for research of previously funded cohort, administrative and survey data accessible through a variety of means, such as:

There will be three funding streams: one stream in reproductive, maternal, child, and youth health; one in cancer prevention and control; and one in healthy cities intervention research.

Reproductive, Maternal, Child and Youth Health

IHDCYH will provide funding for applications that use data from existing Canadian cohorts, databases, cohort catalogues, and data platforms, and are determined to be relevant to reproductive, child, and/or maternal health in any one or more of IHDCYH's six strategic priorities:

  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease through the Lifespan;
  • Preterm Birth;
  • Environmental Health;
  • Healthy Pregnancy;
  • Integrated Child and Youth Research and Health Services; and/or
  • Mental Health.

“Canadian” data sources are those where the data are either held in Canada or the principal investigator/custodian of the data to be used is based at a Canadian institution/organization.

Cancer Prevention and Control

ICR will fund projects using Canadian and/or International well-established cohorts or administrative data sets that are relevant to the breadth of cancer prevention and cancer control, specific to at least one or more of the following ICR Strategic Priorities:

  • Targeting High Fatality Cancers
  • Health Economics and Health Services Research in Cancer Control
  • Redressing Cancer Risk Factor Disparities and Prevention Service Inequities

Applications are encouraged in the areas of patient reported outcomes and Indigenous health.

Healthy Cities Intervention Research

The Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI) is a partnership between the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) - lead Institute, Institute of Aging (IA), Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH), Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), and the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD). The HCRI will fund projects that are relevant to the initiative priorities focused on primary prevention of disease and promotion of health and well-being through interventions to the urban environment. Specifically, the initiative will fund projects that use existing data to:

  • Evaluate the impact on health and health equity of interventions to the physical, social or policy environment;
  • Contribute to the planning of physical, social or policy interventions with the purpose of improving urban population health or wellbeing;
  • Address critical contextual questions related to the implementation of an intervention and scaling up of evidence-based interventions (including health system-mediated interventions);
  • Fill knowledge gaps that are critical for laying the foundation for future population health intervention research in urban areas. For example, increasing our understanding around how interventions would impact urban Indigenous, LGBTQ, aging or new-aging populations differentially;
  • Develop and validate measures for the evaluation of urban physical, social or policy interventions (including health system-mediated interventions).
  • Use existing microdata to develop and validate new data products and measures for the evaluation of urban physical, social or policy interventions.

The HCRI is partnering with Statistics Canada and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) on this funding opportunity to support the use of existing survey, administrative and linked datasets held by either agency to further research and develop indicators related to the Healthy Cities Research Initiative.


CIHR will be hosting webinar(s) to support participants with the requirements of this funding opportunity and to answer questions. Once available, details for CIHR webinar(s) will be posted to the webinar page.

In addition to CIHR hosted webinar(s), Statistics Canada, CMHC and CANUE will be holding a two-hour webinar to provide more information on datasets available that are relevant to healthy cities research on June 25, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Applicants must register to participate.

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