Team Grant : Personalized Health – Letter of Intent

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: RGCS review not required for Letter of Intent

External Deadline: Tuesday 8th, October 2019


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

Building on previous investments, the Personalized Health initiative is focused on creating targeted and tailored interventions with high therapeutic effectiveness that requires an unmatched degree of participation by the patient. It will shift the nature of the patient’s relationship with health-care professionals and will increase the patient’s ability to understand their choices and make informed decisions. Patient autonomy can be enhanced by giving patients access to their own data, tools to better understand their options, and involving them in the decision-making process related to their health care. To achieve this level of personalized health, Canadian data assets (including clinical, genomic, administrative, and social data) must be linked and harmonized to create richer phenotypes, and to accelerate and facilitate personalized treatment that factor in sex (biological factors) and gender (psychosocial factors). The creation of both predictive analytic models that can stratify patients by expected outcome and risk, and the eHealth delivery platforms required for patients and providers to interpret and use the data, will lead to improved real-time, personalized, health care. Overall, this innovative model has the potential to leverage patient data to make predictions in health systems that can directly inform and empower patients, as well as to facilitate and improve care delivery.

Research teams must have the capacity to:

  • Establish productive partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including health-care delivery organizations, health-care professionals, and patient/family/caregiver partners;
  • Facilitate the implementation of successful personalized health innovations, which includes predictive analytic and eHealth components, into health-care delivery organizations and promote their uptake and use among providers and patients; and
  • Evaluate the impact, cost-effectiveness, health outcomes and patient-reported outcome measures associated with the implemented personalized health innovation project. The evaluation will generate high-quality evidence that uses standard-of-care as a comparator, to assist in the subsequent integration, spread and scale of successful innovations. Evaluations must be sex- and gender-responsive, accounting for differences across diverse groups of men, women and gender-diverse individuals.

Research teams must investigate the relevant factors that will impact the advancement and application of the proposed research by including an integrated ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social component, which must be closely related to the overall project objectives, deliverables and potential social and/or economic benefits.

In addition, CIHR encourages the inclusion and advancement of underrepresented groups in science as one of the means to enhance excellence in research, training and knowledge translation.

All applications must include predictive analytics, eHealth, and sex and gender considerations.

Funds Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $12,000,000, enough to fund at least six (6) grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per grant is $500,000 per year for up to four (4) years, for a total of $2,000,000 per grant.

Partner Linkage Tool

CIHR is providing a linkage tool that is intended to facilitate connections should there be interest. This is not a mandatory tool. Information is provided on a volunteer basis and does not confer any advantages in the evaluation and funding of applications. The table will be updated weekly, until the application deadline. If you would like to use this tool, please complete a short survey. The information you provide will appear on a public CIHR web page. Please note that potential applicants are not required to use the linkage tool or contact those who have submitted their information.


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.

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