Canadian Frailty Network: 2017 Catalyst Grant Competition


Canadian Frailty Network in collaboration with New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)


This competition will fund innovative research proposals that address the ongoing concern of polypharmacy and related medication issues in older Canadians living with frailty. The projects funded are intended to be the first step in improving medication prescribing/deprescribing and overall medication management in older Canadians living with frailty.

CFN's Catalyst Grant Program supports scalable research studies including pilot, feasibility and translational studies that investigate novel and innovative approaches/methodologies/technologies. As with all CFN funded projects, studies must focus on older Canadians living with frailty and/or their families and caregivers.


Applicants must hold an academic or research appointment at a CFN network member institution, and must also be eligible to receive grant funding from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC. Individuals from any discipline are encouraged to apply.

Funding Availability

Within the overall goal of medication optimization, CFN will prioritize funding in the following manner:

  • CIHR Collaboration -- up to $300,000 will go to studies that address the practice of medication optimization and deprescription to reduce or eliminate drug-induced cognitive impairment;
  • NBHRF Collaboration -- Multi-provincial studies are strongly encouraged to advance healthcare improvement across Canada, and for this competition CFN and NBHRF have created a separate fund to encourage researchers to include a NB-based research component in their Catalyst studies.
  • CFN Medication Optimization Summit topics -- CFN recently consulted with stakeholders across Canada to identify research priority areas for  medication optimization for older Canadians living with frailty. There are seven research priority areas eligible for Catalyst funding (Please visit Canadian Frailty Network: 2017 Catalyst Grant Competition for full details).

Projects with multidisciplinary, multi-institutional teams will be funded for up to 16 months and to a maximum of $100,000. Proposals must include partners who have committed cash or eligible in-kind contributions on a 1:1 basis to CFN funding.

Maximum Project Value

CFN is looking to invest a maximum of $650,000 for this competition. This is in addition to the funds allocated for work conducted in the province of New Brunswick (see Program Guidelines for details).

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

Project Team Requirements

Project teams must  be multi-sectoral, multi-institutional  and multidiscplinary. In addition to researchers, partners and knowledge users, project teams must meaningfully engage older adults and their family/friend caregivers in all aspects of the project/process. There are also specific requirements regarding the development of highly qualified personnel (HQP).


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

External Deadline

Intent to Apply: Only those projects that submit an Intent to Apply will be eligible to later submit for consideration a full application package. The Intent to Apply must be submitted via email to

Please note: After submission of the Intent to Apply, no additional Principal Investigators or Co-Investigators may be added to the project.

Please visit Canadian Frailty Network: 2017 Catalyst Grant Competition for more details on this competition.

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of application along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant to submit full application package using Forum, CFN's online application and reporting system.

Please visit Canadian Frailty Network: 2017 Catalyst Grant Competition for more details on this competition.

Successful applicants will be notified in March 2018. Funding installments will commence after all necessary agreements have been executed and REB approval received. Please note: NO EXTENSIONS will be granted beyond the maximum 16 month grant timeframe.

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 5 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

Address your questions and information requests to CFN at

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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