CIHR Chair: Applied Public Health 2023
Award amount and duration:
- The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution and/or its affiliated institutions with a mandate for health research and/or knowledge translation.
- The NPA must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.
- The NPA must be a mid-career population and public health researcher who, at the time of full application, assumed their independent research position 5-15 years prior.
- The NPA must not previously have held an Applied Public Health Chair award from CIHR.
- For Research Area 3 (Urban Indigenous Health) and any applications involving research with Indigenous communities: this funding opportunity seeks applicants who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or applicants who provide evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous.
- The NPA may not concurrently hold a CIHR salary award and/or another federally funded salary award. Current Canada Research Chair (CRC) holders are only eligible to apply for a CIHR salary award if their award (CRC) has concluded by the Full Application Notice of Decision date for this funding opportunity.
The Applied Public Health Chairs (APHC) Program was one of several components of the Public Health Scholarships and Capacity-Building Initiative. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to fund diverse mid-career applied public health researchers in Canada who will undertake inclusive and equitable applied research programs that tackle pressing public health challenges and who will work with decision makers from various sectors and communities to help support evidence-informed decisions that improve health and health equity.
This funding opportunity will support applied public health research Chairs that focus on population health intervention research to promote health and health equity, and align with IPPH's mandate and the Public Health Agency of Canada's mandate. Population health interventions can include policy, environmental, social, cultural, and resource distribution approaches. These interventions are often complex and operate within and outside of the health sector (e.g., education, housing, built environment).
The program aims to fund twelve chairs in total, with one selected from a general pool and one chair each supporting applications in the following research areas:
- Public Health Systems Transformation;
- Environment, Climate Change, and One Health;
- Urban Indigenous Health;
- Oral Health;
- 2SLGBTQI+ Older Adults;
- Ageism and Older Adults;
- Equity in Primary Health Care;
- Behavioural sciences and community-based approaches to address mis-/dis-information and build trust in public health and the health system;
- HIV/AIDS & sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBI) Research;
- Applied Ethics in Health Emergencies; and
- Pandemic and Health Emergency Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.
Please review CIHR’s funding opportunity notice for important details regarding this opportunity.
CIHR’s application instructions are here: https://www.researchnet-recherchenet.ca/rnr16/vwOpprtntyDtls.do?prog=3818&language=E#howtoapply
Letter of Intent
LOIs, plus approvals in the Research Management System (RMS), will be required by RSO by noon, April 27, 2023. Please be sure to select "Submitted for approvals" (Under Save & Progress) in RMS in good time to allow for approvals from your Department Head and/or ADR prior to the Research Services deadline. Consult your department and faculty for more information on their approval processes and timelines. A step sheet for creating an LOI record in RMS is available in the Resources section below.
Once RMS approval is obtained for your LOI, you may proceed with submitting to CIHR through ResearchNet by 6:00PM Calgary time on May 2, 2023.
Invited to Full Application
Full applications, plus approvals in the Research Management System (RMS), will be required by RSO by noon, September 20, 2023. Please be sure to select "Submitted for approvals" (Under Save & Progress) in RMS in good time to allow for approvals from your Department Head and/or ADR prior to the Research Services deadline. Consult your department and faculty for more information on their approval processes and timelines. A step sheet for creating an application record in RMS is available in the Resources section below.
Do not submit through ResearchNet until RSO's signature has been granted.
Once institutional signature has been obtained, RSO will return a scanned copy of the CIHR signature page to NPA via email. Upload the CIHR signature page including the routing slip in the Print/Upload Signature Pages task in ResearchNet by 6:00PM Calgary time on October 4, 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 IRST@ucalgary.ca in advance of the RSO internal deadline. For more information about IRST, please visit the IRST webpage.
RSO internal deadline
Pre-application program deadline
RSO final internal review deadline
Program application deadline
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.
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.
CIHR held an informational webinar for applicants to this competition Feb. 28, 2023. The webinar presentation can be found in the "Resources" section above.
As the full application will run through RMS, we encourage applicants to view the step sheets available at the RMS Training page.
For training or technical support, you can contact RMS at: email@example.com and 403.210.9309.
Please contact RSO IPD at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with setting up the application in RMS.
Chairs must have the ability to actively address public health issues as they emerge domestically and/or internationally, and to be responsive to the need for evidence by public health decision makers and practitioners who are tackling these challenges. Applicants will therefore be evaluated on their experience working with diverse knowledge users, decision makers, community leaders and/or people with lived or living experience to conduct and disseminate timely, inclusive, policy-relevant research on emerging or re-emerging public health challenges impacting the health of Canadians and people living in Canada.
Overarching Considerations on Research Topic(s) and Approach
CIHR and Public Health Agency of Canada require the consideration of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) practices (including Sex & Gender-Based Analysis Plus and anti-racism principles); Health Equity as a research and policy outcome; and Open Science principles. As such, applicants must incorporate these three horizontal elements into their approach to applied public health research, and demonstrate a sustained commitment throughout the various stages of their research plan.