Operating Grant : Pediatric REB initiative

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: Friday 8th, November 2019

External Deadline: Thursday 14th, November 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.

Investigators developing multi-site research studies in Canada often encounter challenges with gaining the Research Ethics Board (REB) approvals required, in particular where such studies are planned across more than one province. This can delay initiation of multi-jurisdiction research studies in Canada, increase the financial burden of conducting research, and compromise accrual of patients. Such delays in the overall initiation of research studies reduce the ability of Canadians to compete in the international arena and may ultimately lead some sponsors to conduct research outside of Canada.

These challenges are particularly acute in pediatric studies, where small sample sizes/patient populations at individual institutions exponentially increase the need for studies to be multi-site and multi-jurisdictional. This is especially true for inherited/rare diseases. Pediatric studies also have unique challenges around considerations such as consent vs. assent and privacy. However, the pediatric community offers a significant advantage in this situation, representing a well-defined community, with significant awareness of the key issues and a strong cross section of the relevant expertise.

Research Areas

This funding opportunity will support streamlining of the ethics approval process for pediatric research, including both research studies and clinical trials.

Funds Available

CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to the grant received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $ 2,500,000, enough to fund one grant.
  • The maximum amount for this grant is $500,000 per year for up to five years for a maximum total of $2,500,00.

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