The goal of this funding opportunity is to deliver a national training initiative focused on building capacity among Canadian researchers to engage in high quality, impactful research on how to design, implement and scale innovative, solution-based interventions in a variety of urban contexts.

With this goal in mind, the training initiative is expected to:

  • Build capacity across Canada among doctoral, post-doctoral and, as appropriate, Master’s level trainees and decision-maker partners, to further solution-based research and the science of implementing innovative, outcome-focused interventions that promote healthy, resilient, sustainable and equitable cities.
  • Incorporate diverse training approaches into innovative and cross-sectoral training programs that improve the mentoring and training environment for trainees. The training initiative should include a significant emphasis on ‘real-world’ experience, experiential training and professional training aimed at working with implementation partners and by leveraging components of the broader HCRI.
  • Deliver interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral training programs in order to support the development of collaborative, team research. Training programs must include experienced researchers and mentors from different disciplines to address major healthy cities issues and/or research challenges. The program must involve a collaboration of researchers working in areas that span across the Tri-Agency mandate to bring together researchers from the health sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural and engineering sciences.
  • Develop a community of mentors and experts, including researchers and practitioners, in designing and implementing innovative, solution-based interventions in variable urban contexts.
  • Establish opportunities for trainees and other training initiative participants to develop partnerships and collaborations across jurisdictions (municipal, provincial, federal, and Indigenous communities) and sectors (academic, public, private and non-profit). The training model should help establish and strengthen partnerships between trainees and a wide range of institutions and, in particular, leverage the partnerships and collaborations of the HCRI.
  • Develop diverse and well-rounded trainees and contribute to their career trajectories and research outcomes by enhancing interagency networking.


Letter of Intent (LOI) Stage

For your LOI to be eligible:

  1. The application must be submitted by a team, one being identified as the Nominated Principal Applicant, the remaining identified as Principal Applicants (as detailed below).
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be either an independent researcher or organization with a research or knowledge translation mandate.
  3. Requirements to receive LOI stage funds:
    • 3.1. The NPA must be appointed at an eligible institution (see Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).
    • 3.2 Organizations identified as Nominated Principal Applicants will need to undergo a financial (iterative) assessment process and an eligibility review to meet the requirements to administer grant funds and will be required to sign a funding agreement with terms and conditions determined by CIHR. If needed, the applying organization may choose to have their funds administered by another CIHR eligible organization.
  4. Letters of intent must include three co-leads (or four co-leads if the NPA is an organization):
    • 4.1. A Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA); and
    • 4.2. Two Principal Applicants (PA) (or three Principal Applicants if the NPA is an organization). The PAs must be Independent researchers, and appointed at an eligible institution (see Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).
    • 4.3. The co-leads (NPA and PAs) must include:
      • 4.3.1. A researcher from the health sciences community (defined as basic scientists, clinicians, health system/services/policy researchers, public health researchers, or knowledge users who are working to improve health). (Updated: 2019-08-28)
      • 4.3.2. A researcher from the natural or engineering sciences (defined as researchers in the natural sciences and engineering fields).
      • 4.3.3. A researcher from the social sciences or humanities (defined as researchers who empirically, analytically, or critically study society and individual human behaviour, or consider aspects of human condition and cultures).
  5. No other participants need to be identified at the LOI stage.

Funding Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $5,100,000. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. Of this amount:

  • $150,000 is available to fund up to six (6) developmental grants. Developmental grants of up to $25,000 per grant will be offered, if requested, to successful applications at the Letter of Intent (LOI) stage. Developmental grants are meant to help fund activities that contribute to the further development of a grant application (e.g. partnership building, conducting environmental scans, and consultations).
  • $4,950,000 is available for the Full Application which is enough to fund one (1) grant. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount for the grant is $825,000 per year for up to six (6) years.


Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Approval Form December 3, 2019
Submission to Sponsor December 10, 2019 (Letter of Intent)

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
    For a user’s guide on submitting an Approval Form, click here.
  • Step 2) Submit an external application to the granting agency
    Submit an external application to the corresponding grant or award agency. For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines for this opportunity, click here.

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Internal Contacts

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

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