Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada
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The Heart & Stroke Grant-in-Aid (GIA) program provides operating funds to support important, pertinent and novel research in the areas of heart disease and stroke. GIA funding promotes research discovery, exploration and innovation across all health research themes. Knowledge gained from scientific findings, contributes to the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health of Canadians through prevention, treatment and recovery.
Research is supported across the four health research themes:
- Basic Biomedical
- Health Services/Systems
- Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health
Early Career Investigators:
- May submit two (2) grant applications (new or renewal) to the 2020/21 GIA competition as either Principal or Co-Principal Investigator.
- May hold up to three (3) Heart & Stroke funded GIAs as Principal and/or Co-Principal Investigator at any time. If an applicant holds more than two (2) ongoing funded GIAs as Principal and/or Co-Principal Investigator continuing into the 2020/21 funding year (01 July 2020 to 30 June 2021), no new application can be submitted.
Mid-Career or Senior Career investigators:
- May submit only one (1) grant application (new or renewal) to the 2020/21 GIA competition as either Principal or Co-Principal Investigator.
- May hold up to two (2) Heart & Stroke funded GIAs as Principal and/or Co-Principal Investigator at any time. If an applicant holds more than one (1) ongoing funded GIA as Principal and/or Co-Principal Investigator continuing into the 2020/21 funding year (01 July 2020 to 30 June 2021), no new application can be submitted.
Applicants are required to integrate sex and gender-based analysis (SGBA) in their research design. Any application that does not incorporate SGBA must provide a rationale why it would not be relevant to the project. All applicants are strongly encouraged to complete CIHR’s Institute of Gender and Health training modules: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/49347.html .
Principal Investigators (and Co-PIs) must have a full-time academic or faculty appointment (i.e., at minimum, at the Assistant or Clinical Assistant Professor level) in Canada at the time of application. The date of first faculty appointment will be based on the date listed in the Common CV (i.e., under Employment). Adjunct applicants at an academic institution must submit a letter from their dean/chair/division director to clarify their specific appointment, i.e., amount of protected time available, local infrastructure in place.
Early Career Investigators is defined as investigators who are within seven (7) years since the date of their first faculty appointment at the Assistant or Clinical Assistant Professor level, at the time of the GIA submission deadline (i.e., by 16:00 EDT on 29 August 2019).
Mid-Career or Senior Career investigators are defined as investigators who are either within eight (8) to eighteen (18) years or nineteen (19) plus years respectively since the date of their first faculty appointment at the Assistant or Clinical Assistant Professor level, at the time of the GIA submission deadline (i.e., by 16:00 EDT on 29 August 2019).
Heart disease and stroke are a leading cause of death among Canadian women. In fact, most Canadian women have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke – yet many women are not aware of this threat and do not know how to recognize the symptoms until it is too late. The Canadian Federal Budget 2016 provided for an investment of $5 million over five years to the Heart and Stroke Foundation to support targeted research on women’s heart health and to promote collaboration between research institutions across the country.
Through this commitment, Heart & Stroke will be offering to Mid-Career and Senior Career investigators, an award as part of the GIA program funding specifically targeted towards the improvement of the heart and brain health for women.
Funds are available for up to four (4) awards and are valued at $50K/year for one year. Offers will be made to highly ranked Mid-Career or Senior Career investigators in this category. Applicants (Mid-Career or Senior Career investigator only) wishing to be considered for this funding envelope MUST check the appropriate box in the application form and complete the additional sections in the application form; MUST complete one of three online training modules (http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/49347.html), of their choice, offered by the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and obtain a Certificate of Completion (attach to application); and MUST complete the following additional sections in the application form as it relates to the GIA proposal:
- Address how it fits/relates to the Advancing Women’s Heart and Brain Health Research Initiative; and
- Describe the potential value to create impact on the health of Canadian women.
Applicants applying for this opportunity will also be considered in the regular pool of GIA applications. However, recipients of this award may not concurrently hold a 2020/21 GIA. Guidelines for application are identical to the GIA except where otherwise indicated. Please note, all other GIA guidelines and requirements apply (e.g., maximum number of applications eligible for submission).
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
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).