Catalyst Grant : Analysis of CLSA Data (Analysis of Canadian Longitudinal Study in Aging (CLSA) Data (2022))- Full Application

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: Friday 2nd, September 2022

External Deadline: Thursday 8th, September 2022


The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a large, national, long-term study/platform that will follow approximately 50,000 men and women between the ages of 45 and 85 at study inclusion for at least 20 years. The CLSA collects information on the changing biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic aspects of people’s lives. These factors can be studied in order to understand how, individually and in combination, they have an impact in both maintaining health and in the development of disease and disability as people age. The ultimate aim of the CLSA is to find ways to improve the health of Canadians by better understanding the aging process and the factors that shape the way we age.

Representing a unique opportunity for Canadian researchers, the CLSA is releasing the following data, in addition to the list of currently available CLSA data, which includes the recent COVID-19 Questionnaire Study and COVID-19 Antibody Study data:

  • ^Follow-up 1 (FUP1*) bone density and body composition (derived from whole body DXA)
  • ^New baseline medications variables
  • ^Baseline cognitive normative data
  • ^FUP1 environmental indicators (linked data)
  • ^FUP1 chemistry report (blood biomarkers)
  • ^First release of Follow-up 2 (FUP2**) data (this includes alphanumeric data from questionnaires; it will exclude cognition, medications, physical measures)

*First FUP1 data release date: February 2019
**First FUP2 data release date: June 2022

Researchers may propose research projects using CLSA data alone, or CLSA data plus other data sets/cohorts to enhance the scope of research questions that can be addressed. However, please note that no identifiable information on CLSA participants can be released to researchers. Applications that require identification of participants to link individual information to other data sets will not be eligible for funding.

The integration and consideration of and sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA) is expected in all applications. The consideration of health equity1 is strongly encouraged in all applications.

Role and Contributions of Applicant Partners: CIHR recognizes that a broad range of partners may be relevant to this opportunity and it is expected that applicant(s) describe the role of all applicant partners and how/if they will contribute to the research and/or research related activities. Any consideration of risk and/or conflict of interest should also be explained, as appropriate.

Research Areas

This funding opportunity will support all applications for projects which promote the use and analysis of CLSA data alone, or in combination with other data sets/cohorts; these projects will be eligible for support from the Institute of Aging (IA).

In addition, funding is available to support projects that meet the criteria above and are determined to be relevant to the following specific requirements / research areas:

  • Early Career Researcher: IA will support a project on any research topic from an Early Career Researcher.
  • ICRH Mandate: The Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) will support projects relevant to their mandate.
  • IGH Research Priority Areas: The Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) will support a project focused on the physical, social and mental health of LGBTQIA/2S communities.
  • IPPH Mandate: The Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) will support projects relevant to its mandate.

The Quebec Network for Research on Aging (Réseau québécois de recherche sur le vieillissement [RQRV) will provide a top-up funding to the highest ranked fundable application from the Province of Quebec in the general area of aging within the themes of cognitive and mental health, mobility, continuum of health care and services.


Additional information can be found at Research Net here.


Funding Sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: August 2, 2022