CIHR Catalyst Grant: PTSI Among PSP Workers


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA)


Catalyst Grant: Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI) among Public Safety Personnel (PSP)

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CIHR - Catalyst Grant - PTSI Among PSP Workers


This funding opportunity will support applications relevant to one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Data collection, analysis and/or reporting on the incidence and prevalence of PTSI in PSP, which may also include information on relevant co-morbidities and health determinants
  • Biological, clinical and social characteristics of PTSI, including differences that contribute to the risk for developing PTSI and measures/characteristics that may be associated with better treatment outcomes and resilience among PSP
  • Prevention, including measures, programs and interventions with potential to limit the number of new cases of PTSI among PSP
  • Diagnosis, including assessment procedures and guidelines to improve existing or establish new clinical validation tools for PTSI in PSP
  • Treatment and intervention, such as psychological and clinical approaches related to symptom reduction in PSP
  • Mental health awareness, stigma reduction, anti-discrimination, and/or literacy programs that have the potential to improve mental wellness among PSP

Applicants must integrate sex and gender perspectives into their research to promote rigorous science that has the potential to expand our understanding of health determinants for all people. As such, applicants are required to indicate how they will account for sex (biological factor) and gender (socio-cultural factor) in the research design, methods, analysis and interpretation, and dissemination of findings. For more information and resources, please see the Sex, Gender and Health Research page on the CIHR website.


For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be an independent researcher appointed at an eligible institution (see Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines) at the time of application
  2. For any research applications involving First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous populations, the research team must include at least one knowledge user who self-identifies as either First Nations, Inuit, or Métis

For additional eligibility requirements for individuals, refer to the Individual Eligibility Requirements.

Funding Availability

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2.25 million, enough to fund approximately 15 grants. 

Maximum Project Value

The maximum amount per grant is $150,000 per year. 

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to one year. 


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

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit copy of application, Routing Slip, Participant signature page(s) and Research Institution/Institution Paid signature page along with a complete OR-5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant to complete and submit application using ResearchNet.

How to Apply

All application participants, with the exception of Collaborators, will require:

Identify Participants

  • All participants – including Collaborators – are required to be identified in ResearchNet, including the applicant role that they will have. Participants must submit a Biosketch CV.
  • Collaborators are not required to submit a CV.

Proposal Information

  • Research Proposal (8 pages maximum, not including tables, figures or references). The Research Proposal should clearly address the evaluation criteria.

Budget Information

  • Complete the budget information and clearly justify all budget items.
    • Applicants must allocate sufficient funds for at least two (2) representatives to attend a workshop (see Conditions of Funding).

Other Application Materials

  • Publication list (optional):
    • A listing of a maximum of 10 publications from the past five years relevant to the proposal (1 page maximum).

Upload Signature Pages

  • Required signatures:
    • Signatures must be included for all applicants (except Collaborators), and individual(s) with signing authority from the Institution Paid and Research Institution if different.
    • Original signatures are not required. The scanned signed signature pages and the Routing Slip must be uploaded in the Print/Upload Signature Pages task in ResearchNet prior to submitting 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

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

Office of Research

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

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