Launch: Healthy Cities Research Training Platform

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are jointly funding a national Healthy Cities Research Training Platform (HCRTP) to develop an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral training initiative that will generate cutting-edge knowledge and build capacity for implementation science and solutions-based research.

This funding opportunity will support a team in designing and delivering a national research training initiative focused on how to create, implement, and scale innovative, solution-based interventions in a variety of urban contexts focused on promoting healthy, resilient, sustainable and equitable cities. Accomplishing this goal will require experts from diverse disciplines including public health, epidemiology, economics, sociology, law, ethics, engineering, environmental science and urban planning, which is why partnership across the three research funding agencies is essential.

The application process for the HCRTP will consist of a Letter of Intent (LOI) stage, where up to six successful applicants will receive developmental grants, and a Full Application stage where one application will receive the full grant. The HCRTP is a major component of the CIHR Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI).

Anticipated timeline

LOI Application Deadline: December 10, 2019

LOI Notice of Decision: January 31, 2020

View full details


In support of this funding opportunity, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC will be holding a webinar to provide more information on the scope of the training platform and the application process.

The English webinar will be held on Monday, September 23, 2019, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT.
The French webinar will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT.
Applicants must register to participate.

Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $5,100,000. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. Of this amount:

  • $150,000 is available to fund six (6) developmental grants of up to $25,000 at the Letter of Intent (LOI) stage. Developmental grants are meant to help fund activities that contribute to the further development of a grant application (e.g. partnership building, conducting environmental scans, and consultations).
  • $4,950,000 is available for the Full Application which is enough to fund one (1) grant. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount for the grant is $825,000 per year for up to six (6) years.
Date modified: