Catalyst Grant: Analysis of CLSA Data (2023)


Opportunity type:



Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Award amount and duration:

$70,000 for up to one (1) year





For an application to be eligible, all the requirements stated below must be met:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be an independent researcher affiliated with Canadian postsecondary institution and/or its affiliated institutions (including hospitals, research institutes and other non-profit organizations with a mandate for health research and/or knowledge translation).
    1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be an Early Career Researcher (ECR) to be eligible for ECR funding pools.
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.
  3. The Institution Paid must be authorized to administer CIHR funds by the application deadline (see List of CIHR Eligible Institutions).
  4. At the application stage, the Nominated Principal Applicant 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 submit a Certificate of Completion. Please select and complete the training module most applicable to your research project.
  5. Researchers who propose to use additional data sets to the CLSA will have to demonstrate that the data they want to use will be available and accessible at the time of the application.
  6. To be eligible for RQRV top-up funding, the Nominated Principal Applicant must be a member of the RQRV at an Institution Paid based in the Province of Quebec. For information on how to become a member of the RQRV, please refer to the RQRV Member Resources webpage.

Note: Researchers may apply only once to this competition as a Nominated Principal Applicant.


The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a large, national, long-term study/platform that collects information on the changing biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic aspects of people's lives. The ultimate aim of the CLSA is to find ways to improve the health of Canadians by better understanding the aging process and the factors that shape the way we age. 

The specific objective of this funding opportunity is:

  • To catalyze and support research efforts of Canadian researchers to use the available CLSA data in order to better understand how biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and/or economic aspects of people's lives have an impact on both maintaining health and the development of disease and disability as people age.




Pre-application deadlines

RSO internal deadline

September 19, 2023 - 6:00 PM

Pre-application program deadline

September 19, 2023 - 6:00 PM

Application deadlines

RSO final internal review deadline

October 16, 2023 - 12:00 PM

Program application deadline

October 19, 2023 - 6:00 PM


NOTE: Consult your Faculty Associate Dean (Research) (ADR) regarding Faculty-specific deadlines and submission processes.

Principal Investigators: Complete a Research Management System (RMS) record, including a copy of your complete application, and submit this for approvals in RMS.

Postdocs, students, and trainees: For fellowships and externally-sponsored research training awards or opportunities, you must complete the Research Funding Application Approval (RFAA) Trainee PDF form, and submit it, along with a complete copy of the application, to Research Services at Trainees should not use RMS at this time.

Approvals: The University of Calgary requires that all funding applications be approved prior to submission. Approval requires signatures via either RMS or the RFAA Trainee form, in the following order:

  • Principal Investigator
  • Department Head
  • Faculty ADR/Dean
  • Research Services (on behalf of the Vice-President Research)

Read the Meaning of Grant Signatures policy to understand what your approval means. Please see the agency guidelines for details about which signatures are required on your application, as it may differ from internal requirements.

Late submissions: Late submissions will only be accepted in cases of medical or family emergencies, or other exceptional circumstances. If you submit your RMS record to Research Services after the internal deadline has passed, you must secure additional approvals. Please read: Late Applications Process.

Additional Information

Submission Process:

Registration due directly to CIHR via ResearchNet by 6:00PM Calgary time on September 19, 2023. No RMS needed for this step.

Full application, plus approvals in RMS, will be required by RSO by noon on October 16, 2023. Please be sure to select "Submitted for approvals" (Under Save & Progress) in RMS in enough time to allow for approvals from your Department Head and/or ADR prior to the internal RSO deadline. Consult your department and faculty for more information on their approval processes and timelines.

Do not submit through ResearchNet until RSO's signature has been granted!! 

Once institutional signature has been obtained, a copy of the CIHR signature page will be available via the RMS record, under Documents. Upload the CIHR signature page and routing slip in the Print/Upload Signature Pages task in ResearchNet by 6:00PM Calgary time on October 19, 2023.


Support for projects involving Indigenous Research:

Support with the development of your grant application is available internally through the Indigenous Research Support Team (IRST). Applicants can reach out by email to IRST at in advance of the RSO internal deadline. For more information about IRST, please visit the IRST webpage.

Support for Knowledge Engagement:

Support for knowledge mobilization/engagement/translation is available internally through the Knowledge Engagement Team. Applicants can reach out by email to the KE team at in advance of the RSO internal deadline. For more information, please visit the KE team webpage.

Support for Research Data Management:

For information on research data management plans, processes, or best practices for your research program, please contact and/or visit

Support for EDI in Research:

RSO can provide resources and support to research teams on the integration of equitable and inclusive practices in research design and research practice. Contact for more information.


RMS: Creating a Pre-Award Application

Contact Details


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)
data analysis
longitudinal cohort
Indigenous health research