CIHR : Operating Grant : Understanding and mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, youth and families in Canada – Application
Academic Unit: Inquire within your unit
Memorial Deadline: Thursday 22nd, July 2021
External Deadline: Tuesday 27th, July 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic has grown and progressed, globally as well as in Canada, the focus of much of the mitigation measures, including research, public health and policy, has been on dealing with the immediate crisis associated with infection and spread of the SARS-CoV2 virus, and implementing measures designed to impede the spread of the virus. There has been an important emphasis on protecting populations that are at higher risk, including older adults, particularly those living in long-term care and other congregate living settings, as well as those living with chronic conditions that increase the risks associated with infection. In addition to health, economic impacts have been a key consideration in the development of public health mitigation measures and associated restrictions. Other priorities have emerged around immediate health impacts, related to SARS-CoV2 variants for example, as well as the emergence of a population for whom the health impacts of COVID-19 are more long lasting (post COVID-19 condition).
This funding opportunity focuses on a gap in research on the impacts of both the co-occurring stressful and traumatic events that stem from the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the restrictions related to associated public health mitigation measures on the health and well-being of families (including single parent families, families of working mothers and same-sex couples, and multi-generational families), children and youth (boys, girls and non-binary or gender diverse youth) in Canada. Both risks and benefits of settings (i.e., virtual and other models of remote delivery, hybrid, in person), as well as impacts of differing durations of measures such as closures, are of interest.
This funding opportunity will only support projects relevant to children, youth and families in Canada in one (1) or more of the following research areas:
- * The impacts of changes to and/or disruption of supports (including family and peer interactions, including intergenerational, as well as more formal supports), services and programming (both formal programming, including extra-curricular activities, and nutrition programs, as well as more informal elements such as outdoor play and access to outdoor spaces) that impact mental and physical health, development and well-being. This includes primary environments such as the home and community, healthcare delivery settings, childcare and schools, as well as external interventions (e.g., special education services, child abuse identification and reporting, mental health interventions, physical health and wellness programs, prenatal classes, cultural programming, school-based and extracurricular programming).
- * The effects of changes in federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and local policies and guidelines regarding the delivery of services, supports and programming on physical health and development, mental health, social and emotional development, and cognitive development.
- * The effects of introducing new and/or alternative services, supports and programming, and/or policies and guidelines on physical health and development, mental health, social and emotional development, and cognitive development.
- * Changes in population health status resulting from decreased access to routine healthcare, including childhood vaccinations and routine childhood screening, as well as changes in physical health.
- * Other factors that may be impacting the health and well-being of children, youth and families related to the co-occurring stressful and traumatic events that stem from the current COVID-19 pandemic (including the impact of decisions made regarding grandparents and other at-risk family members within multigenerational households), and/or the restrictions related to associated public health mitigation measures.
- Additional information can be found at Research Net