Healthy Cities Implementation Science Team Grant Pre-Announcement




Healthy Cities Implementation Science (HCIS) Team Grants 


Launching this spring, the Healthy Cities Implementation Science (HCIS) Team Grants is a $27 million+ funding opportunity designed to support interdisciplinary teams to implement and evaluate interventions in diverse urban contexts with the goal of improving health and health equity. 

The HCIS Team Grants are being launched as part of the CIHR Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI) and in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

The HCIS Team Grants funding opportunity will support one research project in each of the six thematic research areas described below. Proposed research projects can be relevant to multiple thematic areas.
The six CIHR thematic research areas are:

  • Healthcare Systems, Services and Policies
  • Healthy Aging
  • Musculoskeletal Health, Mobility or Prevention (including skin and oral health)
  • Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
  • Urban Indigenous Health
  • Population and Public Health


LOI Application Requirements 

1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be:
a) an independent researcher affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution and/or its affiliated institutions (including hospitals, research institutes and other non-profit organizations with a mandate for health research and/or knowledge translation) at the time of funding.
b) an individual affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate
c) an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate

2. In addition to the NPA, each team must include:

  • A Principal Knowledge User who has expertise in the relevant research area and knowledge of the city as well as holds an active position in policy development, senior community leadership or management at a municipal or community-based organization that developed the intervention of study and/or will be involved in testing/rolling out the intervention.
  • An additional independent researcher, identified as a Principal Applicant
  • An Early Career Researcher, identified as a Principal Applicant
  • A minimum of one (1) municipality identified for the intervention research:
    1. This municipality must be the one to whom the PKU is affiliated with.
    2. The research activities described must relate to an intervention in a municipality located wholly or partly within medium or large population centres as defined by Statistics Canada.

3. Specific Criteria

Funding Availability

This funding opportunity has two stages: a Letter of Intent (LOI) stage where up to 18 successful applications will receive $25,000 development grants to support the development of their applications, and a full application stage where a minimum of six successful applications will each receive $3 million over six years to fund their research.
Additionally, the Public Health Agency of Canada has contributed $9 million in supplemental funding. Applicants can choose to apply for up to $3 million in supplementary funding from PHAC to increase the impact, scope or complexity of their interventions or study design. To be eligible for PHAC funding, projects must be focused on the promotion of healthy living and the prevention of chronic diseases.
PHAC will consider applications relevant to one or more of the following priority areas and/or relevant to healthy living and chronic disease prevention:

  • Active neighbourhoods
  • Healthy food environments
  • Supportive environments

Indirect Costs

To be confirmed

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.

How to Apply

CIHR and PHAC will be hosting webinar(s) to support participants with the requirements of this funding opportunity and to answer questions. More information will be available upon the launch of this funding opportunity.
Partner Linkage Tool
CIHR is providing a linkage tool for the Healthy Cities Research Initiative designed to facilitate partnerships between researchers, municipal or other government organizations, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, not-for-profit or other organizations.
Full details will be available upon the launch of this opportunity.

For Questions, please contact

For all inquiries, please contact:  
CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968 
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

Office of Research

Carolyn Dowling-Osborn, Senior Manager, Grants & Contracts
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52935

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