Canadian Institutes of Health Research, The Transitions in Care (TiC) Initiative is co-led by the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), and the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH) in collaboration with the Institute of Aging (IA), Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) and Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA)
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The goal of the Transitions in Care (TiC) CIHR multi-Institute initiative is to improve the health and wellness of Canadians by supporting research that transforms the health system to optimize the outcomes of patients experiencing transitions in care.
This funding opportunity is one of several planned as part of the Transition in Care (TiC) Initiative. The focus is to support inter-disciplinary teams that are poised and ready to optimize transition in care outcomes. The grants will provide support to implement, evaluate, spread, and scale pragmatic solutions to problems associated with transitions in care from a clinical, health care or health system perspective.
The TiC team grants are modeled from the Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) and eHealth Innovation Partnership Program (eHIPP) approaches and therefore utilize a partnership approach where multidisciplinary research teams (including researchers, clinicians, patients, family members, care-givers, decision-makers, and electronic health innovation partners (as required)) will identify ways to develop, implement, and/or scale and spread (share) solutions into practice to optimize outcomes during transitions in care.
As a result, there are two (2) application streams for this funding opportunity:
- Stream 1: PHSI solutions for transitions in care gaps;
- Stream 2: eHIPP solutions for transitions in care gaps.
- The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher appointed at an eligible institution (See Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines).
- The research team must include Principal Applicants from each of the following roles (including the Nominated Principal Applicant). Note that one individual can represent more than one role.
- A scientific lead (an independent researcher);
- A clinical lead;
- A health system decision-maker;
- An eHealth innovation partner (Stream 2 only).
- The NPA must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and have submitted a Certificate of Completion (see How to Apply section).
- Any research applications involving Indigenous Peoples must include a knowledge user who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or provides evidence of having meaningful and culturally-safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples. (Updated: 2018-11-14)
Mitacs Funding Eligibility
In addition to the above:
- If applying for the additional funding from Mitacs, the team must include at least one graduate student and/or post-doctoral fellow in the field of transitions in care; must involve a partner organization (Updated: 2018-10-22) that meets Mitacs partner organization eligibility criteria (for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in Canada); and must contact Mitacs to obtain their application form.
The total CIHR amount available for this funding opportunity is $9.6 million enough to fund approximately ten (10) grants.
- Of this $9.6 million:
- $2.88 million is available to fund applications relevant to Stream 1: PHSI solutions for transitions in care gaps (three  grants).
- $6.72 million is available to fund applications relevant to Stream 2: eHIPP solutions for transitions in care gaps (seven  grants).
Maximum Project Value
The maximum CIHR amount per grant is $240,000 per year for up to four (4) years for a total of $960,000 per grant.
Applicants must secure, by the application deadline, partnership contributions equivalent to a minimum of 30% of the total grant amount requested, with a minimum of half (i.e., 15%) of the amount representing a cash contribution (i.e. a total of $288,000 partner match required per grant with minimum of $144,000 as a cash contribution per grant), for a total grant value of up to $1.248 million per grant (Updated: 2018-09-13) over four (4) years. See Additional Information section for a list of eligible in-kind partner funding.
Mitacs Funding: Additional funding is available to fund internships for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in transition in care projects. If requested and found relevant, this funding might bring the total grant over the $1.248M maximum identified above.
- Each internship unit under Mitacs Accelerate is valued at $15,000, which is cost-shared by Mitacs and the partner (for-profit and not-for-profit organizations within Canada).
- Each Elevate postdoctoral fellowship is for two years and is valued at $120,000, which is cost-shared by Mitacs and the partner (for-profit and not-for-profit organizations within Canada).
- Allocation of funds from the required 30% match contribution for the TiC Team Grant are not eligible as a partner contribution to fund Mitacs internships.
- Mitacs funds cannot be used towards the 30% matching requirement.
Partner Linkage Tool
CIHR is providing a linkage tool that is intended to facilitate connections should there be interest. This is not a mandatory tool. Information is provided on a volunteer basis and does not confer any advantages in the evaluation and funding of applications. Please note that potential applicants are not required to use the linkage tool or contact those who have submitted their information.
If you would like to use this tool, please complete a short survey. The information you provide will appear on a public CIHR web page.
CIHR will be hosting a webinar to review with participants the requirements of this funding opportunity and to answer questions. To find out more information and to register, visit CIHR’s Learning Center
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Applicant to submit a copy of application, routing slip and signed Signature Page(s) along with a complete OR5 form to: email@example.com
Applicant to submit application electronically via ResearchNet
follow the instructions in the Team Grants/Emerging Team Grants “Application” Phase Instruction Checklist along with any additional instructions found below under “Specific Instructions”.
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).