CIHR Operating Grant: Evaluation of Programs, Services, and Innovative Models of Care for People Impacted by Dementia – Registration

Governance and Public Policy
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: inquire with unit

Memorial Deadline: RIS review not required for registration

External Deadline: Thursday 2nd, November 2023


Registration Deadline 2023-11-02
Application Deadline 2023-12-05

In 2023, CIHR launched the Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment in Aging (BHCIA) Research Initiative to advance brain health and cognitive impairment in aging research. As part of this initiative, this funding opportunity will support Implementation Science Teams (ISTs) to evaluate the effectiveness of equitable and inclusive solutions to improve care and services for persons with lived and living experience (PWLLE) of cognitive impairment and dementia, including their care partners*, leading to more successful integration of evidence-based practices, interventions and/or policies into routine care and public health1 (see Additional Information for more details about Implementation Science Research).

*In the context of this funding opportunity, “care partners” include friends, family and caregivers, as well as care providers.

Many programs, services and models of care exist across Canada, and worldwide, with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of those living with cognitive impairment, including dementia, as well as the care partners of these individuals. However, these programs, services and models of care are generally offered at the institutional, community, or provincial/territorial level and are often not evaluated for their effectiveness or appropriateness for the populations they serve. For those few that have been studied, the potential for integration, uptake, deployment, and/or scale-up/spread (share) to other care settings and to other communities, groups and populations has not been adequately explored or assessed.

ISTs will undertake research projects that will systematically evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs, services and models of care that show promise for those impacted by cognitive impairment and dementia, and to improve equitable and inclusive access to care and support.


ISTs must incorporate the following elements in their design and approach:

  1. Focus on the evaluation of the effectiveness of existing programs, services and models of care that respond to needs/gaps informed by knowledge users, including PWLLE and other partners in research, such as provincial/territorial organization’s priorities, community organizations, etc.
  2. Use an Implementation Science research** and a Patient-Oriented Research approach throughout the research process (see Objectives for more details).
  3. Catalyze and build training and mentoring capacity to foster career development of the next generation of researchers in the field.
  4. Comprise a leadership model that involves the co-development of the application with knowledge users, including: PWLLE, community-based organizations and healthcare organizations (see Eligibility for more details).
  5. Plan for impact that describes anticipated pathways to impact (i.e., how will impact be achieved, which parties will be engaged, and how, what activities will support and enable impact) and include the overall impact goals of the ISTs, the outcomes to be evaluated, metrics for measurement.

**Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) approaches in evaluating existing programs, services and/or models of care is also an appropriate method of evaluation within the context of this funding opportunity.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) will be integral to each stage of the research and the research environment.  ISTs will assess the potential for differential equity and inclusion implications of the proposed solution(s), for those, including but not limited to, who are marginalized by gender, for Indigenous Peoples, racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, and members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities, and consider geography and socioeconomic status of the population of interest.

Additionally, where feasible and appropriate, ISTs are encouraged to consult with other relevant funded entities with complementary aims and expertise (e.g., SPOR SUPPORT unitsNetwork Environments for Indigenous Health Research) to incorporate the IST design elements (see above) and to strengthen collaborations, maximize usage of available resources, and optimize reach and impact.

Research Areas

This funding opportunity will support successful implementation science research projects that are relevant to the objectives, in either of two distinct funding streams.

ISTs will evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs, services and/or models of care to (equitably and inclusively) support their access, improvement, integration, deployment, uptake and/or scale-up/spread (share).

  • Stream 1: Research projects with a focus on people with cognitive impairment in aging, including dementia.
  • Stream 2: Research projects with a focus on the health and/or wellness needs of care partners of people affected by cognitive impairment in aging, including dementia.


CIHR, in collaboration with its partners, will be hosting a webinar to support participants with the requirements of this funding opportunity and to answer questions. To find out more information, visit the Webinars page.

See ResearchNet for more information.

Funding Sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: August 18, 2023