Catalyst Grant: Crisis Line and App-based Support for Public Safety 2023


Opportunity type:



Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Award amount and duration:

$100,000 for one year





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

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher HYPERLINK "" independent researcher or a knowledge user, affiliated with a 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).
  2. The NPA 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 before the funding can be released (see Administration of Funds)
  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 submit a Certificate of Completion. Select and complete the training module most applicable to your project. Applicants are encouraged to review "How to integrate sex and gender in research", "Why Sex and Gender Need to be Considered in COVID-19 Research", and "Meet the Methods Series: Quantitative intersectional study design and primary data collection", as well as consult the evaluation criteria. See How to Apply for more details.


The Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries in Public Safety Personnel (PTSI in PSP) initiative is designed to build the evidence base around proper support models for PSP suffering from PTSI, using an implementation science lens. 

This funding opportunity will support projects addressing research questions relevant to at least one of the two research streams supported through the Research and Coordination Hubs:

  • RESPond Hub for Research in Suicide Prevention for Public Safety Personnel (CAMH), previously referred to as the CSPS Crisis/Suicide Prevention Line
  • PeerOnCall Hub for App-based Peer-to-Peer Support (McMaster University), previously referred to as the "OnCall" app

Proposed research questions are expected to be developed and applied independently by applicants and may address any of the specific objectives of this funding opportunity. Funded research projects are to be undertaken in close collaboration with the Research and Coordination Hubs, using the core methodologies/technologies in place at the hubs as much as possible. Funded research projects are expected to refine their research questions in a collaborative fashion with the Research and Coordination Hubs.




Application deadlines

RSO detailed review deadline

November 1, 2023 - 4:00 PM

RSO final internal review deadline

November 10, 2023 - 12:00 PM

Program application deadline

November 15, 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 Tuesday, August 1, 2023. No RMS needed for this step.

Full application, plus approvals in RMS, will be required by RSO by noon on Friday, November 10, 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 Wednesday, November 15, 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.

RMS: Creating a Pre-Award Application

Contact Details


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Public Safety Personnel
Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI)
suicide prevention
peer support