CIHR is partnering with the European Commission to fund international teams tackling transitions in care challenges. The goal of this funding opportunity is to build a collaboration of stakeholders in Europe and Canada in the domain of smart living environments for ageing people that will focus on the development, integration and evaluation of eHealth innovations addressing transition in care challenges in order to improve health outcomes. In addition, the collaboration should also consider ways to optimize the quality of outcomes and the cost-effectiveness of smart living environments that support care transitions (i.e. pragmatic evaluation and use in care delivery programs or systems), through rigorous research designs.

Canadian applicants must work in collaboration with stakeholders, including international research teams, eHealth industry partners, and health system decision makers, in order to improve health outcomes. It is strongly encouraged that applicants also work with patient/family/caregivers and clinicians.

Research team must have the capacity to:

  • Establish productive partnerships with international partners and eHealth innovation industries to co-design eHealth-enabled service delivery programs to improve transitions in care;
  • Evaluate the impact, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of eHealth innovations in addressing gaps and inefficiencies in servicing TiC focus areas. The evaluation will utilize pragmatic clinical trial design(s) to generate high-quality (valid and reliable) evidence that will assist in the subsequent spread and scale (sharing) of successful innovations; and
  • Integrate successful eHealth innovations into care delivery programs and promote their uptake and use among health service providers.

Funding to the Canadian component of the team requires that a proposal also includes one or both of the following research areas as relevant to ageing people.

Research Areas

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

  • Changing health status or care: Individuals facing changes in their health status (i.e., suffering a stroke) or living with chronic or complex health conditions (i.e., atrial fibrillation). These individuals may experience several handovers among health providers, institutions, hospital units and/or have a change in care location (e.g., home to hospital; community care to tertiary care).
  • Key populations to optimize transition in care outcomes: Populations at increased risk of adverse transition in care outcomes include First Nations, Inuit and Métis people; individuals residing in rural and/or remote communities; individuals who are transgender; individuals with an intersex condition; older adults and new ageing populations (i.e., survivors of diseases/conditions that previously led to early death); new immigrants; and those who experience systemic, cultural and/or language barriers.


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher appointed at an eligible institution (see Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).
  2. The research team must include Principal Applicants from each of the following roles (including the Nominated Principal Applicant). Note that one individual can represent more than one role.
    1. A scientific lead (an independent researcher);
    2. A health system decision maker.
  3. The research team must have an eHealth innovation partner as a collaborator.
  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 have submitted a Certificate of Completion (see How to Apply section).
  5. Consistent with the program’s emphasis on partnerships, the Canadian component of the team grants will require a minimum of two (2) partnerships in Canada, which requires at least one (1) Health System Partner and one (1) eHealth Innovation Partner. Applicants interested in exploring such partnerships are required to contact their potential partner to request supporting documentation by the deadline. Please refer to the Sponsor Description for more information on partner deadlines and specific requirements.

European Commission Eligibility to Apply

For more information concerning eligibility to apply and minimum number of countries, please refer to the European Commission funding opportunity.

Funding Available

CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to grants received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • The total amount available to the Canadian component of the team from CIHR for this funding opportunity is $1,920,000 CAD, enough to fund up to two (2) grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum CIHR amount per grant is $240,000 CAD per year for up to four (4) years for a total of $960,000 CAD per grant.
  • Canadian applicants must secure partnership contributions equivalent to a minimum of 30% of the total grant amount requested, with a minimum of half (15% contribution) of the amount representing a cash contribution (i.e., a total of $288,000 CAD partner match is required per grant with a minimum of $144,000 CAD as a cash contribution per grant), for a total grant value of up to $1.248 million CAD per grant over four (4) years. See Additional Information for more details on Types of Eligible Partner Funding.

Internal Contacts

For proposal development/substantive review, please contact your Research Facilitator.


Faculty Deadline Please contact your Research Facilitator
CORIS Deadline (Approval Form and Application) April 15, 2020
Submission to Sponsor April 22, 2020

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.