Catalyst Grant : Analysis of CLSA Data – Registration
Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit
Memorial Deadline: RGCS review not required for Registration
External Deadline: Friday 16th, August 2019
SIRI will be offering support with application development for this opportunity. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Jennifer Stevens (email@example.com) early during the development process to discuss the services available to them.
The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a large, national, long-term study/platform that is following 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 on 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.
The CLSA intends to release new data in 2019 in addition to previously released alphanumeric data from baseline and follow-up1 (FUP1), baseline biomarkers related to clinical chemistry, genome-wide genotyping, and images from retinal scans, DEXA and carotid ultrasound.
Expected data in 2019 will include baseline data related to epigenetics, and medications, as well as FUP1 data related to cognition and neuropsychology, physical assessments, hearing, visual acuity, tonometry, spirometry, electrocardiogram, Carotid Intima Media Thickness, open text on healthy aging and labour force, and the hematology report. More detail concerning data and biospecimen availability can be found here .
CLSA data represents a unique opportunity for Canadian researchers. This funding opportunity is focused on the use of available CLSA data, but comparison between CLSA and other datasets (e.g. environmental data) are also accepted in order to enhance the potential scope of research questions that can be addressed, including population health intervention questions and/or incorporating health equity analyses into research projects. Applicants are reminded to recognize both the potential and limitations of CLSA data in their applications.
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 considered eligible for funding.
The integration and consideration of health equity and sex and gender based analysis (SGBA) is encouraged.
Relevant Research Areas
This funding opportunity will support the use of CLSA data in any health-related area, in addition to applications relevant to the following research areas:
- Analysis of CLSA Data – (IA) to fund applications submitted by Early Career Investigators any health-related area
- Analysis of CLSA Data – ICRH: Applications relevant to the mandate of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH)
- Analysis of CLSA Data – III: Applications relevant to the mandate of the Institute of Infection and Immunity (III)
- Quebec Network for Research on Aging: Top-up from the Quebec Network for Research on Aging (RQRV) 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 that fit within scope of the FO generally and within one of RQRV’s relevant research areas.
- The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $715,000, enough to fund approximately 10 grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per grant is $70,000 for up to 1 year.
- Of this $715,000:
- $210,000 is available from the Institute of Aging (IA) to fund applications submitted by Early Career Investigators any health-related area
- $70,000 is available to fund an application relevant to the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH).
- $140,000 is available to fund an application relevant to the Institute of Infection and Immunity (III)
- $15,000 is available as a top-up funding from the Quebec Network for Research on Aging to the highest ranked fundable application from the Province of Quebec relevant to the Network.
- The remaining $280,000 ($210,000 from IPPH and $70,000 from IGH) is available to fund applications in any health-related areas in rank order as far as the remaining budget will allow.
- Additional information can be found at Research Net.