CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH)
Health is global. CIHR-IPPH contribute to many initiatives that help promote global health and tackle critical issues facing individuals here in Canada, as well as internationally. In 2017 PPH funded research in several areas of health research with universal reach, including antimicrobial resistance and healthy life trajectories, while simultaneously building capacity in global health research through a new planning grant.
Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance
In 2017 CIHR’s IPPH and Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) contributed $3,226,672 over four years towards the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR). This initiative is an international partnership formed to address issues of antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic misuse.
The breadth of this project is massive – research funding agencies in 15 countries have contributed funds for a total partner investment of $14,441,927 over four years. Proposals were evaluated by an international panel of reviewers, and the quality of applications received was very high. Twenty full applications were received and half of those had a Canadian component. IPPH and III originally intended to fund five proposals, but with a recommendation from the review panel, we added additional funds increasing the scope of this initiative by adding a sixth funded proposal.
Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative
Later this year, CIHR will be launching Development Grants to bring interested First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Indigenous communities together for a workshop to inform the development of the Indigenous component of the Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI). This initiative focuses on addressing non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, obesity and mental wellness and will support communities to work together to establish the needed expertise to support Indigenous-driven research.
The Development Grants will provide support for workshop preparation activities and travel support to attend the workshop, which is expected to be held in Ottawa in June 2018. The workshop will provide an opportunity to address community readiness, priorities, research and data capacity, relationships with researchers, sex and gender considerations, and governance. This opportunity is anticipated to launch in the next few weeks and details will soon be available on ResearchNet.
Global Health Planning Grants
CIHR’s current strategic plan, Health Research Roadmap II, emphasizes the agency’s commitment to address health, health systems, and health research challenges that affect the global community. With a focus on health equity and population-based health interventions, IPPH is well suited to tackle many of these issues. Acting on this strategic pillar, IPPH’s global health efforts aim to both understand the global systemic factors that influence health equity and improve the health of people living in low- or middle-income countries or Indigenous peoples living anywhere in the world, as well as address transnational health threats opportunities, determinants or solutions.
IPPH in collaboration with CIHR’s Institute of Infection and Immunity, Institute of Health Services and Policy Research and Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis funded 19 grants for a total investment of $373,663. This initiative will build research capacity in global health research in Canada, and help to improve health outcomes globally.