CIHR Indigenous Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative Cohort Research Study (I-HeLTI)

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Sponsor: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Value: The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $14,100,000, enough to fund one (1) I-HeLTI Intervention Cohort Research Study and one (1) I-HeLTI Collaborating Centre.

Description: CIHR developed Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI), which follows a Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)2 approach. CIHR previously launched an International component of HeLTI in partnership with South Africa, China and India – countries that have experienced these rapid changes. NCDs such as diabetes/obesity and conditions related to mental wellness are also a priority issue for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. CIHR has therefore launched an Indigenous component of HeLTI (I-HeLTI) to address similar issues faced by and specific to Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

In 2019, three I-HeLTI research teams were funded to build the infrastructure and capacity needed to conduct an I-HeLTI Intervention Cohort Research Study. This funding opportunity will support the establishment of one I-HeLTI Intervention Cohort Research Study, as well as an I-HeLTI Collaborating Centre to support the activities of the cohort research study.

Eligibility to apply to this funding opportunity is limited to the three (3) CIHR-funded I-HeLTI research teams. It is expected that the three (3) research teams will collectively apply to this funding opportunity, collaborating to leverage the necessary expertise and resources to establish the I-HeLTI Intervention Cohort Research Study, and the I-HeLTI Collaborating Centre.

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.

To complete your Full Application, follow the instructions in the Grants - Application Guidelines along with any additional instructions found below under “Specific Instructions”.
All participants listed, with the exception of Collaborators, are required to:

o Have/obtain a CIHR PIN
o Complete the Equity and Diversity Questionnaire.

Organizations applying as Nominated Principal Applicants must contact CIHR's Contact Centre for guidance in creating a ResearchNet account, registering for a CIHR PIN and creating their Canadian Common CV (CCV).

Contact: If you have any questions, contact Nandini Maharaj.