Operating Grant : Data Analysis Using Existing Databases and Cohorts – Registration

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: RGCS review not required for Registration

External Deadline: Thursday 5th, September 2019


SIRI will be offering support with application development for this opportunity. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Jennifer Stevens (v5js@mun.ca) early during the development process to discuss the services available to them.

Webinar: CIHR will be hosting webinar(s) to support participants with the requirements of this funding opportunity and to answer questions. To find out more information and to register, visit the Webinars page.

CIHR and other funding agencies have invested heavily in the establishment of cohorts, databases, cohort catalogues, and data platforms. As a result, many high-quality data sets exist containing information on populations, health systems, patient information, and biospecimens. These data sets contain a wealth of information and have the potential to answer research questions that go beyond those for which the data were originally collected or for which the data has been used to date. There is also the potential to link diverse datasets, thus enabling explorations of novel associations and interactions between human, environmental, and clinical factors. Analyses using these existing resources are also a cost-effective way to provide high quality and timely evidence to improve patient outcomes and for population and public health decision making.

The intent of this funding opportunity is to highlight and encourage use for research of previously funded cohorts, administrative and survey data to inform improved patient, population and system outcomes. Examples of such data sources include but are not limited to:

This funding opportunity will support research that uses existing cohort data, administrative datasets, surveys, registries, cohort catalogues, and data platforms that link or allow access to datasets from multiple sources within three funding pools: cancer prevention and control; healthy cities intervention research; and reproductive, maternal, child, and youth health.

Funds Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $1,975,000, enough to fund approximately twenty-three (23) grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate.
  • Of this $1,975,000:
    • $1,000,000 is available to fund up to ten (10) one (1) year grants relevant to the Cancer Prevention and Control pool. The maximum amount per grant is up to $100,000 (up to a maximum of $25,000 may be directed towards biospecimen analysis).
    • $525,000 is available to fund up to seven (7) one (1) year grants relevant to the Healthy Cities Intervention Research pool. The maximum amount per grant is up to $75,000.
    • $450,000 is available to fund up to six (6) one (1) year grants relevant to the Reproductive, Maternal, Child, and Youth Health pool. The maximum amount per grant is ¬†up to $75,000 (up to a maximum of $25,000 may be directed towards biospecimen analysis).

Additional information can be found on Research Net.



Funding Sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: August 12, 2019