Pre-announcement: Implementation Science Teams – Strengthening Pandemic Preparedness in Long-Term Care Funding Opportunity

The funding opportunity is now available on ResearchNet (Application deadline : September 30, 2020)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to pre-announce the partnership and launch of the Implementation Science Teams – Strengthening Pandemic Preparedness in Long-Term Care Funding Opportunity. This initiative is being supported by the CIHR Institutes of Aging (IA), Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), Gender and Health (IGH), Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), Infection and Immunity (III), Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), and Population and Public Health (IPPH), in partnership with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF).

Led by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), this funding opportunity will provide research funding to Implementation Science Teams to support evidence-informed implementation of a suite of promising practice interventions and policy options within and across Long-Term Care (LTC) and retirement homes in Canada, and to rigorously evaluate the process, outcomes and/or impacts of the interventions.

To ensure LTC and retirement homes are prepared for future potential pandemic outbreaks, CFHI and CPSI have identified a suite of six promising practices and policy options that can be implemented now to mitigate a repeat of the devastating effects caused in some homes by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. To support the implementation of these promising practices and policy interventions across facilities, CFHI and CPSI launched an initiative called LTC+: Acting on Pandemic Learning Together in July 2020. The LTC+: Acting on Pandemic Learning Together program involves LTC and retirement homes across Canada self-assessing against the six promising practices, setting goals for improvement, receiving support to achieve the goals, and assessing progress towards the goals.

Note: Implementation Science Teams (ISTs) will work in partnership with LTC and/or retirement homes through the LTC+: Acting on Pandemic Learning Together program to support the evidence-informed implementation of CFHI/CPSI’s promising practice and/or policy interventions and to rigorously evaluate the outcomes and impacts of the interventions.


  • In order to be eligible to submit a full application, all applicants are required to register their intent to apply by September 14, 11:59pm ET
  • Registration and full applications will be uploaded and processed through the CFHI website.
  • Information webinar: All potential applicants are invited to participate in an information webinar on September 9, 2020 at 12:00pm ET.

Anticipated TimelinesFootnote *

Funding opportunity launch Early September 2020
Information webinar September 9, 2020
Registration deadline September 14, 2020
Application deadline September 30, 2020
Notice of Decision and funding start November 1, 2020


The Implementation Science Teams (ISTs) are expectedFootnote * to:

  • Support evidence-informed implementation and sustainability of one or more the six defined promising practice and/or policy interventions within LTC/retirement homes; 
  • Scientifically assess the implementation, adoption, and sustainability of the intervention(s), which are intended to mitigate the risk and consequences of future outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Provide greater understanding about which promising practice interventions and policy options and/or implementation and sustainability approaches are most effective, in which populations and contexts, and why;
  • Build research capacity within the LTC/retirement home sector and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations between the research community and the LTC/retirement home sector; 
  • Foster knowledge translation and exchange throughout the research process to inform home-level improvement and implementation and sustainability efforts via the LTC+ Acting on Pandemic Learning Together initiative;
  • Foster the use of high quality, real-time, actionable evidence by LTC/retirement homes and relevant policy makers during and beyond the pandemic to support the development of a rapid learning health system; and
  • Apply a Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis ‘plus’ lens to the analyses, taking into consideration intersectional perspectives of healthcare workers, residents, families and caregivers from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. 

This funding opportunity will provide funds for the following:

  1. Implementation Science Teams (IST): The IST program allows for studies of varying scope and study designs. In addition, LTC/retirement home partnering, and a minimum team composition is required.
    1. Study Scope: ISTs must focus on the implementation of one or more of the CFHI/CPSI-defined promising practice interventions and/or policy options and must involve multiple LTC and/or retirement homes in at least two different jurisdictions in Canada (where a jurisdiction can be a municipality, city, health region or province/territory). Teams may support and study the implementation and sustainability of an intervention or several interventions, and/or the adaptation, scale and spread of a promising intervention or policy to benefit residents and/or staff at additional homes and/or jurisdictions.
    2. Study Design: ISTs may use experimental, quasi-experimental and/or mixed methods approaches involving quantitative and/or qualitative data, but regardless of approach, all ISTs are encouraged to study implementation and sustainability and outcomes over time.
    3. LTC/Retirement Home Partner and Team Composition: All ISTs, regardless of study scope and study design, are required to partner directly with LTC/retirement homes registered in the LTC+ Acting on Pandemic Learning Together programFootnote *. In addition, teams must include: at least two independent researchers (one as the Nominated Principal Applicant) with expertise in the areas of implementation science and LTC research, an early career researcher or trainee, a knowledge user with decision-making authority from each LTC/retirement home with whom they are partnering, and a resident/family/caregiver with relevant lived experience with LTC/retirement homes.
  2. Implementation Science Team Common Measurement Framework Project: To inform a collective understanding across ISTs and their LTC/retirement home partners of the enablers and barriers to implementation success and intervention impact, all funded ISTs will participate in a Common Measurement Framework Project. Supplemental funding is available for one of the funded ISTs to coordinate and lead the Common Measurement Framework Project and other knowledge sharing activities to support learning across teams.

Funds available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $1,480,000. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum CIHR amount per grant is up to $150,000 per year for a maximum of one year, enough to support at least 9 ISTs. To support a pan-Canadian approach to this funding opportunity and the involvement of LTC/retirement homes across the country, regional funding pools will be used to allocate the funding.

Additionally, $50,000 is available for the highest overall ranked fundable application that has self-identified as interested to lead the Common Measurement Framework Project.


This pre-announcement of Implementation Science Teams – Strengthening Pandemic Preparedness in Long-Term Care Funding Opportunity is for information only. The information contained herein is subject to change and does not commit the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement or the Canadian Patient Safety Institute to the requirements outlined in this version. The final funding opportunity will be published on both the CFHI website and the CIHR Funding Opportunity Database in ResearchNet in Summer 2020.
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