CIHR Catalyst Grant Official Language Minority Communities in Health Research

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Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health

Value: The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $500,000, enough to fund approximately five (5) grants. The maximum amount per grant is $100,000 for up to one (1) year.

Description: This funding opportunity aims to support the development and vitality of the Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs). Under the Government of Canada Official Language Act, the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) is committed to enhancing the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada, supporting and assisting their development, and fostering full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society. OLMC stakeholders1,2,3 have identified a lack of health data on OLMCs and the need to strengthen capacity and networking of OLMC health researchers, including young researchers and trainees, as well as ensure greater integration between the health and social services.

CIHR is committed to promoting the inclusion and advancement of groups underrepresented in science as one of the means to enhance excellence in research, training and knowledge mobilization. CIHR’s position on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is available in the Tri Agency Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

As part of CIHR’s Strategic Plan 2021-2031, Serving Canadians: Our Commitment to Organizational Excellence, we are committed to enhancing the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada and this funding opportunity is part of the action program to address the needs of OLMCs.

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, an OLMC is a population group for whom the mother-tongue or the language of choice is French or English in a province where this language is a minority (e.g., English-speaking communities living in Quebec, and French-speaking communities living in provinces and territories other than Quebec). The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

· Support research on the current health issues experienced within OLMCs;

· Strengthen collaboration and partnerships among researchers and health organizations working with or within OLMCs (multi-institutional collaboration is encouraged);

· Develop and enhance the community-based research approach within OLMCs;

· Strengthen the knowledge mobilization approach amongst researchersto address the gaps on OLMC health;

· Build capacity in the area of OLMC health.

ORE internal signature deadline for RPIFs. Applicants please email Nandini Maharaj your signed (applicant and department head) RPIF + a pdf of your application.

Please email signed (applicant, department head, and ADR) RPIF along with a pdf of your application to ORS ( You may continue to work on the narrative sections of the application until the deadline to hit "Submit" online. However, please note that budget totals must not be changed from the submitted RPIF.

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