The Personalized Health Catalyst Grants funding opportunity is expected to: optimize patient empowerment in personalized health care approaches, develop data integration and analysis tools that will optimize personalized health interventions, assess the value of personalized health care for effective implementation and delivery, and increase researcher awareness about the importance of integrating sex- and gender-based analysis in assessing relative costs and benefits.


This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas:

  • Development of novel e-health apps in the field of personalized medicine in partnership with a health information technology vendor (see Eligibility for partner criteria) for end-users to improve patient empowerment and facilitate shared decision-making. These grants will support the development of patient-oriented e-Health solutions that enable the monitoring of disease progression and treatment outcomes, improve information delivery between health care providers and end-users, facilitate shared decision making, and improve health outcomes and patient experience.
  • Development of predictive analytic models that can stratify patients by expected outcome and risk. These grants are designed to support the linkage, harmonization and analysis of diverse Canadian data assets, including administrative data, genomic data, clinical data, wearable data, and patient apps, with the ultimate goal of predicting individual health outcomes. Predictive models should also factor in age, sex, and gender.
  • Identification of sex-drug-gene relationships associated with potential harm and benefit. These grants aim to catalyze data aggregation and linkage from existing datasets to mine for sex-drug-gene interactions and to accelerate our understanding and our ability to inform personalized medicine approaches based on sex differences. It is also possible that gender (socio-cultural factors) influences patterns of drug use and variability to drug response. Therefore, a sex- and gender-based analysis should be applied to the program of research.


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be an independent researcher
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be appointed at an eligible institution (See Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines) by the effective day of funding.
  3. At the registration stage, the Nominated Principal Applicant must have completed the How to integrate sex and gender considerations into research training by following one of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health’s three online training modules. Please select and follow the appropriate training module that applies to your research project.

For additional eligibility requirements for individuals, refer to the Individual Eligibility Requirements.


  • Maximum amount: $100,000/year
  • Maximum duration: 2 years

Helpful Links


Full Application:
CURO Internal Deadline for Review Please contact your Research Facilitator.
cuResearch Checklist Deadline
  • June 6, 2017
Full application submission to sponsor
  • Registration Deadline: February 14, 2017
  • Application Deadline: June 13, 2017

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.