Team Grant : Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment in Aging KM Hub – Letter of Intent

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: inquire with unit

Memorial Deadline: RIS review not required for Letter of Intent

External Deadline: Tuesday 9th, January 2024


CIHR is launching this funding opportunity (FO) to support the Canadian Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment in Aging Research Knowledge Mobilization (KM) Hub (herein referred to as “KM Hub”).

This FO is a key part of the Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment in Aging (BHCIA) Research Initiative and the successful applicant team will be expected to collaborate with the brain health and cognitive impairment in aging research community in Canada, including grantees from other BHCIA Research Initiative funded projects, in addition to the broader brain health and cognitive impairment in aging  research community in Canada, building upon existing platforms and infrastructures. The KM Hub will also be expected to contribute to the fulfillment of  key research goals of the National Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire (2019).

Design Elements

The KM Hub will be national in scope and will serve as a centralized source of information and evidence-based practice for researchers, knowledge keepers, and knowledge users, including but not limited to persons with lived and living experience (PWLLE) of dementia and their care partners (i.e. family, friends, care givers and care providers). The KM Hub will compile knowledge created from transdisciplinary research related to brain health and cognitive impairment, including dementia, from partners, funded projects through the BHCIA Research Initiative and other national (and international) researchers.

The KM Hub will also foster collaboration amongst the broader cognitive impairment in aging and dementia community to conduct and support activities that promote a dynamic community of researchers, trainees, knowledge users (including PWLLE, Indigenous communities, decision makers), research funders, and community and not-for-profit organizations.

The KM Hub will promote and amplify new research findings and facilitate the application of evidence to practice and contribute towards a growing, pan-Canadian learning and collaborative community with a shared commitment to cognitive impairment in aging research and healthy brain aging.

The KM Hub will use an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) lens in its governance structure processes and planned activities. Information developed by the KM Hub for public consumption for the purposes of informing and engaging interested parties (e.g., website content) must be provided in both official languages (English and French) and should be developed using plain language practices (see Allowable Costs for more details).

Letter of Intent Requirements:

KM Hub applicants will be expected to build upon an existing KM infrastructure and create synergies and leverage KM capacity in Canada. They must also demonstrate how their applicant team is positioned to achieve the goals of the KM Hub. These requirements will be confirmed through a peer review process at the Letter of Intent (LOI) phase. Refer to Review Process and Evaluation for more details.

Full Application Requirements:

In addition to the existing infrastructure specified above, expected elements of a successful full application to the KM Hub will include:

  • robust governance structure, with a diverse and inclusive leadership team that is responsible for the various aspects of the Hub, such as: establishing priorities, overall management, performance of the Hub, knowledge mobilization, and impact and evaluation.
  • An engagement strategy, including considerations for collaborating with BHCIA Research Initiative grantees, other knowledge dissemination groups in the field of brain health and cognitive impairment, funding partners, researchers, a wide range of knowledge user groups, such as clinicians, healthcare professionals, decision/policy makers, PWLLE, not-for-profit organizations and Indigenous communities/organizations. Patient partners (e.g., PWLLE) should be offered compensation for their time which helps make participation in research more equitable and diverse by removing barriers to participate. For more information on engaging with PWLLE and other knowledge users, please visit the SPOR Patient Engagement Framework.
  • A KM strategy, including a plan to optimize dissemination, uptake and maximize relevance and impact of research, and for the co-production of strategies and different activities of the KM Hub. Consideration should be given to a patient-oriented approach and for inclusion of PWLLE, historically excluded populations, and Indigenous communities.
    • The KM Strategy should include details on how the KM Hub team will:
      • Support a dynamic learning community;
      • Provide access to a diverse range of evidence products; and
      • Produce and/or contribute to KM products and events (e.g., webinars).
    • The Strategy and planned activities should include accessibility and official languages considerations, such as for the website and content that is curated and produced by the KM Hub. Resources required to fulfill these goals should be included, such as access to a communications specialist, translator and/or graphic designer, etc. Please see Allowable Costs.
    • The Strategy should outline the process to prioritize which research results to highlight through its KM activities.
    • The Strategy should outline how the KM Hub will ensure that knowledge created by Indigenous-led research and traditional ways of knowing is promoted and disseminated in a culturally safe manner that is co-developed with Indigenous communities and partners. Leadership of the KM Hub will include Indigenous health researchers and community members, as well as knowledge keepers, as appropriate.
    • The Strategy should include considerations  for open access of repository information, as per the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications.
    • The Strategy must outline KM activities and products showcasing a wide range of research results in brain health and cognitive impairment in aging and provide details on considerations such as EDI, Sex and Gender-Based Analysis, and Indigenous Rights within the KM approach, as applicable.

      Potential KM activities/products of the KM Hub may include, but are not limited to:

      • Digital presence (such as websites, newsletters, social media activity, videos, etc).
      • Dissemination of publications, conference presentations, briefings, media engagements, papers, policy briefs, Knowledge Translation products (e.g., toolkits, checklists, lessons learned, etc.).
      • Infographics, plain-language summaries, reports, etc.
      • Facilitating dialogue amongst interested parties and other partners in research (e.g., forums, community of practice).
      • Organization of events (e.g., webinar series, community events).
      • Participation in virtual mid-term and/or end-of-grant KM activities and products with BHCIA Research Initiative grantees (see Conditions of Funding.
    • Competition Letter of Intent (202401BKL) Full Application (202407BKM)
      Application Deadline 2024-01-09 2024-07-10
    • See ResearchNet for further information.

Funding Sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: August 31, 2023