CIHR-NSERC-SSHRC Healthy Cities Research Training Platform (HCRTP) (2023)


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), Institute of Aging (IA), Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health (IIPH), Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

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In support of the Healthy Cities Research Training Platform(HCRTP) funding opportunity, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC will be holding a webinarto provide more information on the scope of the training platform and the application process.

TheEnglish webinaris on Monday, September 23, 2019, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT.

TheFrench webinaris on Thursday, September 26, 2019, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT.

Applicants mustregister to participate.


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are jointly funding a nationalHealthy Cities Research Training Platform(HCRTP) to develop an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral training initiative that will generate cutting-edge knowledge and build capacity for implementation science and solutions-based research.

This funding opportunity will support a team in designing and delivering a national research training initiative focused on how to create, implement, and scale innovative, solution-based interventions in a variety of urban contexts focused on promoting healthy, resilient, sustainable and equitable cities. Accomplishing this goal will require experts from diverse disciplinesincluding public health, epidemiology, economics, sociology, law, ethics, engineering, environmental science and urban planning, which is why partnership across the three research funding agencies is essential.

The application process for the HCRTP will consist of a Letter of Intent (LOI) stage, where up to six successful applicants will receive developmental grants, and a Full Application stage where one application will receive the full grant. The HCRTP is a major component of the CIHRHealthy Cities Research Initiative(HCRI).

Developmental grants are meant to help fund activities that contribute to the further development of a grant application (e.g. partnership building, conducting environmental scans, and consultations).


Letter of Intent (LOI) Stage

For your LOI to be eligible:

  1. The application must be submitted by a team, one being identified as the Nominated Principal Applicant, the remaining identified as Principal Applicants (as detailed below).
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be either anindependent researcheror organization with a research or knowledge translation mandate.
  3. Requirements to receive LOI stage funds:
    • 3.1. The NPA must be appointed at an eligible institution (seeInstitutional Eligibility Requirementsfor eligibility process and associated timelines).
    • 3.2 Organizations identified as Nominated Principal Applicants will need to undergo a financial (iterative) assessment process and an eligibility review to meet the requirements to administer grant funds and will be required to sign a funding agreement with terms and conditions determined by CIHR. If needed, the applying organization may choose to have their funds administered by another CIHR eligible organization.
  4. Letters of intent must include three co-leads (or four co-leads if the NPA is an organization):
    • 4.1. A Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA); and
    • 4.2. Two Principal Applicants (PA) (or three Principal Applicants if the NPA is an organization). The PAs must beIndependent researchers, and appointed at an eligible institution (seeInstitutional Eligibility Requirementsfor eligibility process and associated timelines).
    • 4.3. The co-leads (NPA and PAs) must include:
      • 4.3.1. A researcher from thehealth sciencescommunity (defined as basic scientists, clinicians, health system/services/policyresearchers, public health researchers, or knowledge users who are working to improve health).(Updated: 2019-08-28)
      • 4.3.2. A researcher from thenatural or engineering sciences(defined as researchers in the natural sciences and engineering fields).
      • 4.3.3. A researcher from thesocial sciences or humanities(defined as researchers who empirically, analytically, or critically study society and individual human behaviour, or consider aspects of human condition and cultures).
  5. No other participants need to be identified at the LOI stage.

Full Application Stage

In additionto meeting the LOI eligibility requirements above (1-4), for a Full Application to be eligible:

  1. A minimum of three (3)Co-applicants* who will provide hands-on training opportunities related to implementing interventions must be identified. Hereafter, this type of co-applicant will be referred to as Co-applicants (implementers). Examples ofCo-applicants (implementers)include, but are not limited to, implementers in the public; private for-profit; not-for-profit, and Indigenous organizations, such as municipalities, public health units; or government departments.
  2. The program must serve a national purpose and also be national in scope and the team (e.g. the NPA, PAs, Co-Applicants and Principal Knowledge Users) must represent at least three Canadian provinces or territories.
  3. The Nominated Principal Applicant (including organizations), all Principal Applicants and Co-Applicants are required to complete one of the sex- and gender-based analysistraining modulesavailable online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health. Please select and complete the most applicable training module (Sex, Gender and Health Research Guide). Module 2 (collection of data from human participants) and Module 3 (analysis of data from human participants) may be more relevant to most applicants. See theresource pageor theStanford University’s page on Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environmentfor integrating sex and gender into this initiative. Knowledge Users are also encouraged to complete one of the training modules.
  4. Applications involving research with Indigenous communities must include at least one applicant who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) and/or applicants who can demonstrate their experience working in an Indigenous research environment, which may include Indigenous living experience, addressing power imbalances andcultural safety**. Applicants must submit a one (1) page "Other" attachment describing how their team meets this requirement. SeeHow to Applysection for more details.

Funding Availability

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $5,100,000.

Maximum Project Value

Letter of Intent Stage: up to $25,000/grant -funds available to fund six (6) developmental grants

Full Application: The maximum amount for thegrant is $825,000 per year for up to six (6) years or $4,950,000. Only 1 successful grant.

Indirect Costs



If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.


Internal Deadline

Letter of Intent: Applicant to submit a copy of Letter of Intent, routing slip and signed signature pagesalong with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Letter of Intent: Applicant to submit Letter of Intent directly to sponsor via ResearchNet.

Thescanned signed signature pages and the Routing Slip (1 PDF) must be uploaded in the Print/Upload Signature Pages task in ResearchNet prior to submitting your application.

Internal Deadline

Application if LOI successful: Applicant to submit a copy of complete application (no OR5 required as submitted with LOI), routing slip and signed signature pagesto:

External Deadline

Application if LOI successful: Applicant to submit application directly to sponsor via ResearchNet on line system.

The scanned signed signature pages and the Routing Slip (1 PDF) must be uploaded in the Print/Upload Signature Pages task in ResearchNet prior to submitting your application.

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).

For Questions, please contact

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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