Opportunity

Parkinson Canada is pleased to offer the Parkinson’s Digital Health Application Grant as part of its strategic initiative to impact more people throughout their journey with Parkinson’s. It is our intent that successful applicants in this Grant will utilize the funding to enhance and evaluate a digital health app that will engage people living with Parkinson’s and support their approach to wellness by offering education and wellness tracking metrics to empower them to optimize their health.

Self-Management:

  1. How will the digital health app facilitate or improve the overall self-management of Parkinson’s for users between and outside of medical appointments?
  2. How will the digital health app influence disease management for urban and rural users, as well as those not affiliated with a movement disorder clinic?

Engagement:

  1. How will the digital health app provide insights on symptoms and lifestyle factors that improve knowledge and contribute to health awareness for a person with Parkinson’s?
  2. How will the digital health app user data, including insights into patient well-being, be used to support the provision of care by healthcare team and specialists?
  3. How will the digital health app engage with external supports, such as healthcare providers, motivational coaches, or Parkinson Canada staff?

Outcomes & Evaluation:

  1. How will the applicants monitor and evaluate the digital health app to understand outcomes and impact (e.g. improved knowledge and/or awareness, perceived self-efficacy in managing their condition, and improvements in overall disease management)?

Eligibility

Parkinson Canada is committed to supporting the most advanced and/or highest quality of
Parkinson’s research in Canada. As such, proposals will be accepted from individuals who are
representative of a broad spectrum of health-related communities and sectors, including, but not
limited to, researchers, scholars and health professionals. Proposals will be accepted from applicants who are affiliated with and/or conduct research with the following institutions and organizations (an “Approved Institution”):

  • Canadian post-secondary institutions and their affiliated institutions, including hospitals and research institutes;
  • Canadian non-governmental not-for-profit organizations (including community or charitable organizations) with an explicit research or knowledge translation mandate; and
  • Other organizations, as determined by the Research and Clinical Advisory Committee of the Board of Parkinson Canada, provided that the applicant’s research or research-related activities fall within the mandate of Parkinson Canada.

The applicant must be a researcher who has completed formal training in health-related research. Applicants must have a research appointment with an Approved Institution, typically, an employment relationship with such institution or organization.

The applicant’s research appointment with his or her Approved Institution must:

  • Allow the applicant to pursue the proposed research project, to supervise trainees and to publish the results of the research; and,
  • Require the applicant to conform to institutional regulations concerning the conduct of research,the supervision of research trainees, and the employment conditions of staff paid from the Parkinson Canada grant.

The applicant must be responsible for the intellectual direction of the proposed project and must be willing and able to assume all administrative and financial responsibilities for any funds awarded. In the case where the responsibility for the intellectual direction of the proposed project is shared more or less equally between two or more individuals, there may be two or more applicants. However, in this situation, the applicants must nominate, by mutual written agreement, one of the individuals to assume administrative responsibility over funds awarded. These funds will be paid in trust to the nominated individual’s Approved Institution.

Eligible expenses of this award include operating expenses, technical support staff salaries and equipment costs. Other funding may be used in conjunction with funding from this award. Applicants are prohibited from receiving the payment of a salary, stipend, honorarium, or any similar form of compensation from any Parkinson Canada grant. Funds received from this award cannot be used to cover institutional overhead costs. Funding from this award cannot be used to support post-doctoral fellows or other trainees. Applicants seeking a fellowship to support trainees at a postdoctoral level or clinical level should refer to Parkinson Canada’s Fellowship Program.

Funding Available

Parkinson Canada will award up to $300,000 over a three-year term to one outstanding applicant who meets the eligibility and review criteria. This funding is non-renewable.Successful applicants will consider the following key questions as part of the design and evaluation of their proposed digital health app:

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.

Deadlines

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

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
    https://ovpri.research.carleton.ca/Romeo.Researcher/Administrator/Default.aspx
    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.