The Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries in Public Safety Personnel (PTSI in PSP) initiative was announced in Budget 2018, with a commitment of $20 million over five years to support a new national research consortium between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT). This National Research Consortium builds the evidence base related to PTSI among PSP, under the guidance of a Public Safety Steering Committee (PSSC).

CIHR has completed two successful funding programs in this initiative; Catalyst Grants in Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI) among Public Safety Personnel (2019), and Mental Wellness in Public Safety Team Grants (2020).

Working with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the other groups above, CIHR has developed the third and final funding program under this initiative. This third funding program will include three funding opportunities following a hub-and-spoke model; beginning with the recently launched Research and Coordination Hubs for Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries in PTSI in PSP (2021) to establish two distinct research and coordination hubs (one each to support the two streams listed below). The overarching design of this program is to build the evidence base around proper support models for PSP suffering from PTSI, using an implementation science lens.

The remaining two funding opportunities in this program will be the ‘spokes’ and will be open to the broader research community. This funding will directly build on the work of the research and coordination hubs and will broaden the pool of potential research questions – and research groups – that can be addressed/funded. This funding opportunity is the first of the final two ‘spoke’ funding opportunities.

There are two streams of research that will be supported across all three funding opportunities (i.e., a three-staged approach with two parallel streams).

  1. The first stream aims to build the evidence base for a crisis/suicide prevention line, leveraging PHAC’s support for the development of a pan-Canadian Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS), as announced in Budget 2019 and housed at the Centre for Addition and Mental Health (CAMH).
  2. The second stream aims to build the evidence base for app-based peer-to-peer (P2P) support based at McMaster University, building on the work of one of the original PTSI in PSP Catalyst grants to create a pan-Canadian PSP support app (“OnCall”), in partnership with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

These streams were identified through extensive consultations with key stakeholders, and the two identified hubs represent the leading national activities in each of these areas.

The intent of this funding opportunity is to address innovative research questions related to the efficacy/effectiveness, feasibility, development and/or evaluation of best practices, guidance documents and uptake of both services by PSP.

Research Areas

This funding opportunity will support projects addressing research questions relevant to at least one of the two research streams supported through the Research and Coordination Hubs:

  • CSPS Crisis/Suicide Prevention Line (CAMH)
  • “OnCall” App-based Peer-to-Peer Support (McMaster University)

Proposed research questions are expected to be developed independently by applicants, and may address any of the specific objectives of this funding opportunity. Funded research projects should be applied in a collaborative fashion with the research and coordination hubs, using the core methodologies/technologies in place at the hubs, as much as possible.


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher or a knowledge user, affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution and/or its affiliated institutions (including hospitals, research institutes and other non-profit organizations with a mandate for health research and/or knowledge translation).
  2. The NPA must be appointed at a CIHR-Eligible Institution at the time of application.
  3. The NPA must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.
  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 submit a Certificate of Completion. Select and complete the training module most applicable to your project. Applicants are encouraged to review “How to integrate sex and gender in research“, “Why Sex and Gender Need to be Considered in COVID-19 Research”, and “Meet the Methods Series: Quantitative intersectional study design and primary data collection”, as well as consult the evaluation criteria. See How to Apply for more details.
  5. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a knowledge user on their applications. If a knowledge user is not identified at the time of application, applicants will need to describe in their proposals how they plan to engage knowledge users over the course of the grant.

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 for this funding opportunity is $1,000,000, enough to fund approximately 10 grants. The maximum amount per grant is $100,000 per year for up to 1 year, for a total of $100,000 per grant.
  • Of this $ 1,000,000:
    • $ 500,000 is available to fund up to 5 applications relevant to the CSPS Crisis/Suicide Prevention Line
    • $ 500,000 is available to fund up to 5 applications relevant to the “OnCall” App-based Peer-to-Peer Support.

For more information on the appropriate use of funds, refer to Allowable Costs.

Internal Contacts

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss this funding opportunity by emailing the following contact(s) as soon as possible: Gabriela Moreno and their Research Facilitator.


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Deadline (Approval Form and Application) May 30, 2022
Submission to Sponsor June 6, 2022 (Application)

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.