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Operating Grant : Health System Impact Fellowship – National Cohort Retreat


The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $200,000, enough to fund one grant for up to 2 years.


The Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship is a multi-partnered training program led by the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) that aims to prepare doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows for stronger career readiness and greater impact in a broad array of sectors and organizations.

Eligible Applicants

For an application to be eligible:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be an independent researcher that is or was directly involved in the HSI Fellowship program*.
  2. The NPA must be appointed at an eligible institution (see the CIHR Application Administration Guide – Part 4).
  3. At least one other Principal Applicant (co-leader) must be a knowledge user that is or was directly involved in the HSI Fellowship program.
  4. At least one Co-Applicant, other than those listed above, must be one of the following and must be or have been directly involved in the HSI Fellowship program*:
    1. trainee
    2. A HSI Fellow alumnus that is currently an independent researcher or knowledge user
  5. The application must demonstrate both:
    1. The involvement of individuals from the Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance and/or its Training Modernization Working Group.
    2. The involvement of current and former HSI Fellows (see fellow profiles from the 20172018 and 2019 cohorts) and supervisors.

Eligible Expenses

The following costs may be supported from the grant funds:

  • Costs associated with virtual networking and learning platforms.
  • Event venue, including facility rental, conference rooms (up to three days), audio-visual expenses, meals for participants (minimum: breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon snack breaks, networking reception), should meetings take place face-to-face if the COVID-19 context evolves and permits it.
  • A dedicated program manager to alleviate the administrative responsibilities of the NPA.
  • Coordination and management of the training/event activities.
  • Travel and accommodation for the NCTP hosts and invited speakers for the duration of event, should meetings take place face-to-face if the COVID-19 context evolves and permits it.
  • Up to a maximum of $10,000 per in-person event to support travel and accommodation costs for HSI Fellowship supervisors for whom travel costs would be a significant barrier to participation, should meetings take place face-to-face if the COVID-19 context evolves and permits it.
  • Networking activities for all participants, in either the virtual context (e.g. via software) or in-person, if the COVID-19 context evolves and permits it.
  • Costs associated with supporting routine learning and networking activities (every other month, at minimum) for fellows (e.g., online platforms).
  • Contract, consulting, and guest speaker fees to develop and deliver training curriculum in relation to the enriched core competencies, and to ensure the materials are available open access.
  • Additional costs related to collecting or analyzing data for the purpose of evaluating the NCTP.
  • The Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 (TCPS 2 – Chapter 9 Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada) – recognizes the importance of respecting the culture and traditions of Indigenous peoples and acknowledges the necessity to incur expenditures in that regard in the conduct of research. As such, the Agency considers these expenditures eligible for payment from the grant holder’s grant funds (with appropriate supporting documentation):
    • Costs related to community mobilization and engagement, including culturally relevant promotional items such as, tobacco, cloth, feasting and gift-giving for honoring ceremonies and cash reimbursements (in a method acceptable to the individual or community being reimbursed) to compensate community participation; and
    • Contracts and/or consultant fees for knowledge translation and communication activities for Elders, community members, and other Knowledge Keepers involved in activities related to the Indigenous community.

Deadline Date

March 9, 2021
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