Training Grant: CIHR-NSERC-SSHRC Healthy Cities Research Training Platform (HCRTP) – Letter of Intent
Academic Unit: Inquire with unit
Memorial Deadline: Thursday 5th, December 2019
External Deadline: Tuesday 10th, December 2019
SIRI will be offering support with application development for this opportunity. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Jennifer Stevens (firstname.lastname@example.org) early during the development process to discuss the services available to them.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are jointly funding a national Healthy Cities Research Training Platform (HCRTP) to develop an interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral training initiative that will generate cutting-edge knowledge and build capacity for implementation science and solutions-based research.
Implementation science is a multidisciplinary approach that studies how to promote the uptake of proven solutions in different settings. This science puts an emphasis on identifying barriers to, and enablers of, the successful implementation of solutions in different contexts and encourages innovation in developing novel approaches to maximize desired outcomes. Relevant submissions would therefore not focus solely on training researchers to determine whether a proposed intervention works (i.e. impact evaluation), but rather to study how, why and for whom an intervention is working in a specific context, how it could be improved, and what aspects of the intervention could be scaled. This ‘real-world’ applied science necessitates working across sectors and disciplines and with various co-applicants (e.g. municipalities and other decision-makers).
This Tri-Agency initiative is modelled on the former CIHR Strategic Training in Health Research (STIHR) program, the existing NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program, and the SSHRC Partnered Research Training Initiatives.
The HCRTP is a major component of a broader CIHR Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI). The successful HCRTP will be expected to leverage and complement other components of the HCRI, which is focused on growing our understanding of how to build and support healthy cities. In this context ‘healthy cities’ refers to cities that are inclusive, safe, equitable, resilient, smart, sustainable urban environments that can also adapt to changing demographics and climate conditions. Building on current Canadian research strengths and a growing body of evidence, the HCRI will launch funding opportunities over six years (2019-2025) to support world-class training and knowledge mobilization in the science of developing and implementing solution-based research in urban contexts.