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Information & Resources about
the Open Reforms
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Preparing for the Reforms - Important
things to know:
• Transition timelines
• Eligibility for the Foundation Scheme Live Pilots
(and contact information to confirm your
eligibility)
• Registration information for Foundation Scheme
Live Pilot
• Examples of programmatic grants
• Eligibility strategy scenarios
• Where to find additional information
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Timelines and Eligibility:
Transitioning to the New Open Suite of Programs
• The transition to the new Open Suite of Programs and peer review processes
will occur over a number of years. Course corrections and adjustments may be
required along the way as we learn from the results of the pilots.
• The transition strategy includes three phases:
1. 2012 to 2015: Piloting key peer review design elements
2. 2014 to 2016: Gradually phasing-in the new funding schemes
3. 2014 to 2016: Gradually phasing-out the existing Open funding programs
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Transition Timelines
Note: The timelines for the Open Operating Grant Program (OOGP), Transitional OOGP, Foundation Scheme, and Project Scheme competitions reflect
current planning and are subject to change. Check CIHR’s website for the latest timelines: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/47380.html
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2014 Live Pilot Applicant Eligibility
The following health researchers are eligible to
apply to the first Foundation Scheme "live pilot"
competition:
- As of July 30, 2013, Nominated Principal
Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators
of an Open grant with a grant term expiry
date no earlier than October 1, 2014 and no
later than September 30, 2015. This includes:
 An OOGP grant with a grant term expiry
date of March 31, 2015; or
 An OOGP grant with a grant term expiry
date of September 30, 2015.
- New/early career investigators;
- Researchers who have never held Open
CIHR funding as a Nominated
Principal Investigator or Co-Principal
Investigator.
Determine your Eligibility!
Ask your VPs of research of
your CIHR University Delegate
to find out if you are one of
eligible.
Or you can e-mail CIHR directly
at:
[email protected]
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2014 Registration Information for 1st
Foundation Scheme Live Pilot
• Registration for the 1st Foundation Scheme Live Pilot
opens March 24, 2014: http://www.cihrirsc.gc.ca/e/47618.html
• Questions and Answers: http://www.cihrirsc.gc.ca/e/47215.html
• Funding Opportunity (including review criteria) for 2014
1st Live Pilot Foundation Scheme:
https://www.researchnetrecherchenet.ca/rnr16/viewOpportunityDetails.do?prog=
2011&language=E&fodAgency=CIHR&view=browseArch
ive&browseArc=true
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Programmatic Grant Examples
Purpose:
The Foundation Scheme will support programmatic
research. Programmatic research is: (1) Multiple research
projects that are conceptually linked and implemented over
several years, based on an analysis of gaps in current
knowledge in the field; and (2) A series of research
projects inside a clearly conceptually linked programmatic
theme.
The following excerpts from three funded grant
applications are intended to serve as illustrative examples
of different kinds of programmatic grants.
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Examples of Programmatic Grants in
Pillars III and IV
Sex, gender and equity in prescription drug access, appropriateness, and affordability:
Steve Morgan:
The proposed program will generate important evidence from previously uncorrelated data on
how biological and social dimensions of sex and gender – interacting with age, ethnicity,
income, and context – influence equity In prescription drug access, appropriateness, and
affordability.
The proposal is for a set of five interrelated projects focusing on the ways in which sex and
gender – acting alone and in conjunction with other characteristics – shape behaviours and
outcomes related to the availability and use of prescription drugs in Canada. While conducting
this work over a four-year period, the team will be contributing to the development (and
refining) of analytic frameworks and methods for conducting quantitative, sex- and genderbased analyses in pharmaceutical policy.
The approach relies on available population-based databases: market research data, linked
administrative health care data, and national surveys. Over the course of the program of
research, the team will be working to advance methods for operationalizing gender analyses
with these commonly available databases. Moreover, by producing quality sex- and genderbased work by using available databases, the team will contribute evidence to support the
case for more purposefully capturing gender constructs in surveys that can be linked to those
databases.
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Examples of Programmatic Grants in
Pillars III and IV
Strengthening Nurses’ Capacity in HIV Policy Development in Sub-Saharan Africa and
the Caribbean: Nancy Edwards:
This sequential program of research examines what influences HIV/AIDS nursing care and
strategies to strengthen HIV/AIDS nursing care in four Lower and middle income
countries. Program objectives are to strengthen health systems for HIV and AIDS in the
participating countries by improving the quality of HIV and AIDS nursing care, to support the
scale-up of innovative HIV and AIDS programs and practices, and to foster dynamic and
sustained engagement of researchers and research users in the policy development process.
Primary research objectives are: a) to examine the dynamic interplay of multi-level factors that
influence nurses’ engagement in strengthening health care systems for HIV and AIDS in lower
and middle income countries (LMICs), and b) to determine the impact of leadership hubs and
a participatory action research process on nursing care and workplace polices for HIV and
AIDS. Three conceptually linked studies are planned. A qualitative study of front-line
managers and national decision-makers will examine bottom-up and top down innovation in
the context of HIV/AIDS. A mixed methods study will examine nurses’ experience of the
HIV/AIDS epidemic including stigma, and the impact of HIV/AIDS on their nursing care and
work life. A quasi-experimental study, which is grounded in a participatory action research
approach, will examine the impact of leadership hubs on nursing care and health care
organizational policies related to HIV/AIDS.
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Examples of Programmatic Grants in
Pillars III and IV
E-Integration in the Management of Respiratory and Circulatory Disease: Elucidating
the Multi-Level Mechanisms that Optimize Population Outcomes: Robyn Tamblyn:
The proposed research program comprises a team of clinical and management scholars
who will focus on the study of e-integration for the management of respiratory and
circulatory diseases, and provide training for future scientists. The research program will
incorporate three of the four pillars of the CIHR: 1) clinical research, 2) health systems and
services research, and 3) research in the health of populations. This cross-theme research
program will be based upon the unique competencies of health and management to tackle
the complex issue of effectively using technology in integrated health systems. The
program will involve a series of investigations in four inter-related areas to enhance our
understanding of how to design and implement integrated care delivery systems to enhance
the effective management of chronic disease, and assess their impact on existing
disparities in care delivery at the level of the population. While projects will be led by
individual team members, an integrated approach will be taken to research design, data
collection and analyses as well as preparation of joint grant applications for these projects.
With the cooperation of team members, students and collaborators, we will be able to build
a cohesive body of knowledge for determining how technology-enabled integrated disease
management can achieve optimal care delivery and patient outcomes through the proposed
research program.
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Eligibility Scenarios
Purpose:
The following scenarios are hypothetical and intended to
illustrate the diversity of career stages, track records and
programs of research that the Foundation Scheme will
support. The scenarios are also intended to help
individuals strategize about their application and the team
that may be involved by illustrating the implications for all
those involved in a Foundation Scheme grant.
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New Investigator Scenarios
Dr. S. is new investigator who has never applied to
CIHR. She has held a modest research grant of
$50,000 per year for 2 years from a research
foundation that has allowed her to establish pilot work
for her research program. She has published her pilot
work in one of the top journals in her research area.
She has identified the series of studies that she needs
to conduct in the next steps of her program of research.
While she has collaborated with more senior
researchers, she is ready to build on her pilot work and
pursue an independent program of research. Dr. S.
decides to apply to the Foundation Scheme as a
Program Leader on her own.
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New Investigator Scenarios
Dr. T. is a new investigator who is completing a CIHRfunded project with a budget of $100,000 per year for
2 years. He thinks that program of research will ramp
up considerably over the next year or two and rather
than applying to the Foundation Scheme has decided
to apply to the Project Scheme in order to have a few
projects underway before he applies for the
Foundation Scheme. He does this because he
realizes that if he applies to the Foundation Scheme, it
is unlikely that he will be able to justify a significantly
larger budget than the one he presently has.
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Mid-career Investigator Scenarios
Dr. L. is a mid-career researcher who for the past eight
years has consistently held CIHR strategic grants of, on
average, $150,000 per year. Because she has never
held Open CIHR Funding, she is eligible to apply to the
Foundation Scheme pilot. She decides to apply the
CIHR Foundation Scheme with a budget of $150,000
per year. She realizes that if she is successful in the
Foundation Scheme, as a Program Leader she will be
ineligible to apply to the Project Scheme but recognizes
that there will be opportunities to supplement her
Foundation grant with strategic funding opportunities at
CIHR in the future.
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Mid-career Investigator Scenarios
Drs. M and R are mid-career researchers who have
worked together over the past seven years on a
number of multi-year project grants in the same
thematic area, building a shared program of
research. They have demonstrated shared
leadership and together have made significant
contributions to their field. Dr. M is eligible for the
2014 Foundation Scheme live pilot but Dr. R is not
because her current grant does not expire in the
required timeframe. Because Dr. M is eligible, they
are eligible to apply together.
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Mid-career Investigator Scenarios
Drs. A and C are mid-career researchers who have
worked together over the past nine years on a
several Partnerships for Health System
Improvement grants. Dr. A was also the Nominated
Principal Investigator on an Emerging Team Grant.
They would like to continue working together, but
decide that Dr. A will apply as Program Leader for a
Foundation Scheme grant and Dr. C will be a
Program Expert so that Dr. C is eligible to apply for
grants in the Project Scheme.
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Senior Investigator Scenarios
Dr. X is a senior investigator who has held a number of
CIHR grants over the past 20 years. Over the last 10 years
she has established a joint program of research with
another senior scientist. In partnership they have made
significant contributions and have a strong vision for a
shared program of research going forward. They plan to
continue to do their work together and so they plan to jointly
apply for a Foundation grant as Program Leaders. Should
their application be successful, neither Dr. X nor her
colleague will be able (or required!) to apply for any other
Project Scheme grants for the seven-year duration of their
research program.
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Senior Investigator Scenarios
Dr. Y is a senior investigator who has held a number of
CIHR grants. In his work he has primarily partnered with
another senior scientist. They plan to continue to work
together but agree that Dr. Y should apply for a
Foundation grant on his own, and his research
colleague will not be named as a Program Leader on this
grant. This decision is made strategically so that Dr. Y’s
colleague can be eligible to apply for funding under the
Project scheme and support their work through multiple
funding sources and vehicles.
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Team Researcher/Collaborator Scenario
Dr. N is a researcher who always works in large teams and is
having trouble with the notion of the programmatic grant. He
conducts community-based research and wants to find ways
to acknowledge his community collaborators when he applies
for research grants. He also has consistently brought New
Investigators onto his applications as co-investigators. He
decides that the best way to proceed is to apply for a
Foundation grant as a single Program Leader. In his
applications he highlights the collaborative nature of his work
and names a number of partners as collaborators as Program
Experts. He ensures he develops a budget that will support
these collaborations. He then works with a number of new
investigators to assist them with developing strong
applications to the Project Scheme.
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Integrated Knowledge Translation
Scenario
Dr. E is a senior investigator in province A who has spent the last eight
years of her career engaged in a program of research that included
cross-jurisdictional integrated knowledge translation research in
provinces A and X through programs like Partnerships for Health
System Improvement (PHSI). She has consistently worked with
another senior investigator who leads the projects in province X, as
well as lead her own projects involving a variety of decision makers in
both provinces. She knows that in the Foundation Scheme, the
Program Leaders must remain the same throughout the seven years
of funding but the Program Experts can change over time. She
considers the Project Scheme, but decides that a Foundation grant
would provide valuable continuity of funding to advance her program
of research and flexibility to engage decision makers as Program
Experts at various points in time. She decides to apply for a
Foundation grant and includes her colleague as well as two decision
makers as Program Experts.
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For more information..
• Please visit the CIHR website for further information about the
Reforms of Open Programs and Peer Review:
http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/44761.html
• Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.cihrirsc.gc.ca/e/47215.html
• For more information about Open Operating Grant Program
statistics and funding trends, please see:
http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/46341.html#fig1
• To check your eligibility for the live pilot Foundation Scheme,
email [email protected]
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Special Thanks to…
Our Group Chairs:
- Carole Estabrooks
- Michael Schull
- Adrian Levy
Our Facilitator:
- Andreas Laupacis
Our note-takers:
- Joanne Simala-Grant
- Hawa Kombian
- Meg McMahon
- Kate Wood
…and the 2013 Open Reform Bootcamp
participants!