Call for letters of intent: Transmission dynamics of respiratory infectious diseases research funding opportunity-Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)- 2023


Public Health Agency of Canada


Transmission dynamics of respiratory infectious diseases research funding opportunity

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Please see the grant and contribution funding opportunities webpage for this call.


The Public Health Measures Guidance Division within the Public Health Agency of Canada is seeking to fund research that investigates the transmission dynamics of respiratory infectious diseases, including:

  • influenza
  • COVID-19
  • respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Specific areas of interest include:

  • risk of transmission and secondary attack rate throughout the course of infection
  • duration and magnitude of viral shedding
    • factors that influence viral shedding
  • analyzing data from outbreak investigations
  • modelling transmission dynamics and/or impact of public health measures on risk of transmission.

Results should be expected to inform federal policy and recommendations regarding public health measures for respiratory infectious diseases, including:

  • RSV
  • influenza
  • COVID-19.

PHAC is inviting researchers to submit letters of intent for projects that address the objectives and priorities of this solicitation. This solicitation is the first step in a two-stage process beginning with a letter of intent. Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a funding request.


Eligible applicants include:

  • scholars
  • health professionals
  • postdoctoral scholars
  • independent researchers.

Principal applicants must be affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution or an affiliated institution, including:

  • hospitals
  • research institutes
  • non-profit and non-governmental organizations with a mandate for:
    • health research
    • knowledge translation.

Individuals working with municipal, provincial or territorial governments are also eligible if the research proposed is not already funded by that government sector. Applicants must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.

Applicants and recipients of funding must ensure that their employees and directors are in compliance with the:

  • Conflict of Interest Act
  • Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector
  • Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment.

Where an applicant or a recipient employs or has a major stakeholder who is either a current or former (in the last 12 months) public office holder or public servant in the federal government, compliance with the code(s) must be demonstrated.

Funding Availability

Up to $200,000 per project

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

12 months, beginning March 2024 and concluding February 2025


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your completed Letter of Intent, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

Full submission to be emailed to PHAC at with a cc to Ensure "LOI Transmission Dynamics of Respiratory Infectious Diseases" is the subject line

How to Apply

You must complete your letter of intent using PHAC's template. The letter must be:

  • single-spaced
  • no longer than outlined in the template
  • in size 12 Arial font, inclusive of existing template contents.

PHAC only accept letters of intent in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

For a copy of the template, please email or for additional information about this call for letters of intent.

The deadline for submissions is 12:00 pm (ET) on August 11, 2023. Funding will be subject to budgetary and project considerations.

Email your submission to with:

PHAC will email you to acknowledge receipt of your proposal. Make sure that your email address is included in your application.

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact


Office of Research

Devon Staaf, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office

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