Pre-announcement: Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19 Knowledge Synthesis, Evaluation and Assessment Grants Rapid Research Funding Opportunity

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to pre-announce the launch of the Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19 Knowledge Synthesis, Evaluation and Assessment Grants Rapid Research Funding Opportunity. This initiative is being led by the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health (IIPH), in partnership with the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), and the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). This funding opportunity will provide research funding for Indigenous communities (i.e., First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous communities), Indigenous organizations and researchers of Indigenous ancestry (or researchers who provide evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples) in Canada who are responding to the unique health and well-being needs of Indigenous Peoples as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, this opportunity will support strengths-based, solutions-focused research that is bold, innovative, Indigenous community-led, and that addresses the immediate, intermediate, and/or long-term consequences of COVID-19 and/or informs future preparedness. Potential applicants who wish to submit an application as the Nominated Principal Applicants should contact CIHR's Contact Centre for guidance in creating a ResearchNet account and registering for a CIHR PIN. Potential applicants could also contact CIHR’s Contact Centre should they wish the Contact Centre to assign them a CIHR PIN.

Anticipated Timeline*

Launch: Fall 2020
Application Deadline: December 2020
Notice of Decision: March 15, 2021
Funding Start Date: March 2021

*These timelines are estimates and subject to change.

Objectives

Successful applications will meet at least one of the following objectives:

  1. Identify wise programs, policies or actions, and/or address critical knowledge gaps, including data, related to further understanding of the immediate impacts and/or future consequences of COVID-19 among First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous populations, communities and/or individuals;
  2. Identify, implement and evaluate culturally safe, and community-led solutions to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its immediate or future consequences among First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous communities;
  3. Accelerate First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous community-led knowledge translation  and knowledge mobilization activities related to COVID-19 within the context of Indigenous health; and
  4. Inform and contribute to relevant research capacity and infrastructure, or adapt existing programs and infrastructure, in First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous communities to enable Indigenous communities to design, lead, and meaningfully participate in culturally safe responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This funding opportunity will provide funds for two streams of research:

  1. Knowledge Synthesis Grants: This stream will fund knowledge synthesis activities related to COVID-19 such as literature reviews (e.g. integrative review/structured review; synthesis of qualitative research; realist review; meta-analysis of quantitative research; systematic review; and scoping review), needs assessments, environmental scans, and knowledge gaps or strength identification (including community engagements, or arts-informed events, with Indigenous Elders and/or Knowledge Keepers, youth, decision-makers, etc.). See National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health for other knowledge synthesis ideas.
  2. Evaluation and Assessment Grants: This stream will fund the evaluation and assessment of new or on-going initiatives, programs, policies or interventions related to COVID-19, including but not limited to, community-based and/or cultural initiatives, arts-based interventions, proof of concept, pilot studies, and social or economic impact studies.

Applications to both streams must include a knowledge translation  and knowledge mobilization component to ensure that results can be used by Indigenous communities, researchers and decision-makers.

Research Focus Areas

Applications must be related to Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19. We are particularly interested in projects that respond to at least one (1) of the following sub-areas.

  1. Indigenous Peoples’ Understanding and Experience with Respect to COVID-19, including cultural responses grounded in Indigenous Knowledges and self-determination; intersections with, and impact on, on-going health, social, economic and climate crises; and/or perspectives of (or participation in) vaccine research, sero-surveillance, and clinical trials.
  2. Delivering COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, Self-Isolation and Other Management Practices, and Policies Related to Indigenous Peoples and the COVID-19 Pandemic, including culturally safe approaches and challenges.
  3. Culturally Safe COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery for Indigenous Peoples, including design and delivery of programs and services that are grounded in Indigenous Knowledges, self-determination, and local community context.

Funds Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2M.
    • The maximum amount per grant for Knowledge Synthesis grants is $100,000 for one year.
    • The maximum amount per grant for Evaluation and Assessment grants is $200,000 for one year.

Disclaimer

This pre-announcement of the Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19 Knowledge Synthesis, Evaluation and Assessment Rapid Research Funding Opportunity is for information only. The information contained herein is subject to change and does not commit the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to the requirements outlined in this version. The final funding opportunity will be published on the CIHR Funding Opportunity Database in ResearchNet in Fall 2020.

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