Announcement - Canada-EU Smart Living Environments Addressing Transitions in Care for Ageing People


The CIHR Funding Opportunity and the European Commission funding opportunity are now live. The Commission funding opportunity in Horizon 2020 Portal is named: “International cooperation in smart living environments for ageing people ID: SC1-DTH-04-2020”.

CIHR held an online information session on October 3, 2019 to answer applicants’ questions and provide further information regarding eligibility and the application process. Access the recording of the webinar (English presentation only).


This funding opportunity is one of several that are part of the CIHR Transitions in Care (TiC) multi-Institute Initiative and aims to build a collaboration of stakeholders in Europe and Canada in the domain of smart living environments for ageing people that will focus on the development, integration and evaluation of eHealth innovations addressing transition in care challenges in order to improve health outcomes.

Funding the Canadian component of the team requires that a proposal also includes one or both of the following research areas as relevant to ageing people.

Focus Areas

  • Changing health status or care: Individuals facing changes in their health status (i.e., suffering a stroke) or living with chronic or complex health conditions that exacerbates (i.e., atrial fibrillation). These individuals may experience several handovers among health providers, institutions, hospital units and/or have a change in care location (e.g., home to hospital; community care to tertiary care).
  • Key populations to optimize transition in care outcomes: Populations at increased risk of adverse transition in care outcomes include First Nations, Inuit and Métis people; individuals residing in rural and/or remote communities; individuals who are transgender; individuals with an intersex condition; older adults and new ageing populations (i.e., survivors of diseases/conditions that previously led to early death); new immigrants; and those who experience systemic, cultural and/or language barriers.

    Please note: This list is not exhaustive and it is recognized that other priority populations do exist that are at increased risk of adverse transitions in care outcomes. Additional priority populations not specifically identified will also be considered.


The Canada-EU Smart Living Environments Addressing Transitions in Care for Ageing People is expected to:

  • Develop and implement smart living environments that address transitions in care challenges for ageing people through acceptable Information and Communications technology (ICT)-based solutions;
  • Improve health outcomes, patient experience, effectiveness, and lower the cost of care within one (1) or more of the identified research areas related to ageing people through identifying, evaluating and implementing acceptable, evidence-based and effective smart living environments;
  • Build novel multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary collaborations and partnerships with individuals and organizations in Canada and in the EU that have interest in transformative research in care transitions by promoting engagement, recognition and respect for health research expertise across an array of health disciplines, research pillars, and industry;
  • Demonstrate the capability to progress beyond prototype stage for smart living environment solutions into a care delivery program(s) for pragmatic evaluation


The Canadian component of the team grants will require a minimum of two (2) partnerships in Canada, which requires at least one (1) Health System Partner and one (1) eHealth Innovation Partner. It is strongly encouraged that applicants also work with patient/family/caregivers and clinicians.

For other partner requirement including the minimum number of countries needed please review European Commission funding opportunity details.



  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher appointed at an eligible institution (See Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).
  2. The research team must include Principal Applicants from each of the following roles (including the Nominated Principal Applicant). Note that one individual can represent more than one role.
    1. A scientific lead (an independent researcher);
    2. A health system decision-maker.
  3. The research team must have an eHealth innovation partner as a collaborator.
  4. The NPA must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and have submitted a Certificate of Completion (see How to Apply section).


  1. For more information concerning eligibility to apply, please refer to the European Commission funding opportunity.

Funds Available


  • The total amount available to the Canadian component of the team from CIHR is CAD $1,920,000, enough to fund up to two (2) grants.
  • The maximum CIHR amount per grant is $240,000 per year for up to four (4) years for a total of $960,000 per grant.

    Please note: Canadian applicants must secure, by the application deadline, partnership contributions equivalent to a minimum of 30% of the total grant amount requested, with a minimum of half (15% contribution) of the amount representing a cash contribution (i.e., a total of $288,000 partner match is required per grant with a minimum of $144,000 as a cash contribution per grant), for a total grant value of up to $1.248 million per grant over four (4) years.

European Commission

  • An amount of EUR 4 million will be reserved for proposals focusing on cooperation with Canada.
  • The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 and 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. Participation of SMEs is encouraged.


CIHR Team Grant

Launch of Call on ResearchNet August 9, 2019
Information session for applicants October 3, 2019
Application deadline April 22, 2020
Notice of Decision September 1, 2020
Funding start date January 1, 2021

Partnering Tool

In order to assist the establishment of international, collaborative teams, it is encourage you use the following CIHR partnering tool or the EC partnering tool which offers researchers the opportunity to search for partners and to present their expertise to the community. This is an optional step in the application process and does not confer any advantages to the applicants.

Contact information

For guidance on proposal submission for the European Commission funding opportunity please refer to the H2020 Online Manual.

For all inquiries about this funding opportunity on ResearchNet please contact:

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

Disclaimer: The information contained in this announcement is subject to change and does not commit CIHR or the European Commission to the requirements outlined above. The final funding opportunity will be published on the European Commission website and on CIHR Funding Opportunity Database, ResearchNet.

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