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Health System Research Fund Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions related to the Health System Research Fund. Please also refer to the HSRF Guidelines for further information.

A. General HSRF Award Questions

B. Program Awards

C. Other HSRF Awards

A. General HSRF Questions

Background

Why has the ministry moved to a strategic grants model?

The ministry has changed its approach to funding health research to bring funding decisions in line with international best practices of awarding funds based on a competitive peer review process. A competitive model with funding decisions based on peer-review for scientific merit and policy relevance is the best way to ensure that available research funding is targeted to the highest quality and most relevant research and KTE. It also ensures that the ministry optimizes the impact of the research it funds.

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Priority Research Areas and Cross-Cutting Components

How were the 2016/17 strategic priorities and cross-cutting components identified?

The 6 strategic priority research areas and 4 optional cross-cutting components (with sex and gender-based analysis as a mandatory component) were determined with input from the ministry's senior management committee and based on priorities identified in the Excellent Care for All strategy, 2015 Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, 2012 Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care , 2014 Mandate Letter: Ministry of Health and Long, and the 2014 Ontario Budget.

HSRF Program Awards 6 Strategic Priority Research Areas and 4 Cross-Cutting Components
Strategic Priority Research Areas Cross-Cutting Components
  • Community- and Home- Based Care
  • Health Promotion
  • Health System Performance and Sustainability
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Quality Improvement and Safety
  • Long-Term Care
  • Equity
  • Aboriginal Health
  • Patient-Centred Care
  • Implementation Science

How are the strategic priority research areas and cross-cutting components defined?

Please refer to the HSRF Guidelines for definitions and selected examples of government initiatives and commitments related to each priority area and cross-cutting component.

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Sex and Gender-Based Analysis

Where can I find resources on sex and gender-based analysis?

All HSRF funded programs and projects include a sex and gender-based analysis wherever applicable.

The following links are examples of resources that can assist applicants in incorporating sex and gender based analysis into their work:

What if sex and gender-based analysis is not applicable to my program of research/KTE?

Assessment will focus on the extent to which sex and gender have been considered in the proposed research. Applicants must show that they have considered the relevance of sex (biological) and gender (social) to the research/KTE program in the rationale, methods and KTE plan (e.g. literature review, recruitment strategy, data collection and analysis, KTE tools/plans/strategies).

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Knowledge Translation and Exchange (KTE)

What is the definition of KTE? What are some resources to assist program leads in planning KTE activities and strategies?

The ministry considers KTE to be essential for research evidence to have an impact on the Ontario health care system. The HSRF applies the following CIHR definition for KTE: "a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system."

As a standalone program or as part of a research program/project, KTE is expected to be collaborative, interactive, and responsive to the needs of targeted knowledge users. For resources on KTE please visit http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/29418.html. Please note that extensive KTE activities are in scope for HSRF Program Award funding.

Who should the "knowledge translation & exchange (KTE) contact" be?

Research and standalone KTE projects must both identify a KTE contact. This is the individual that will be contacted by the ministry on issues related to the KTE activities/strategy, and may be a member of the project team or the Lead or Co-Lead. The KTE contact in a research project should be the contact for the Applied Health Research Question (AHRQ) process. The ministry has no specific qualifications that define a KTE professional. Applicants are encouraged to review the MOHLTC AHRQ Guidelines to learn more about the AHRQ process and the role of knowledge users.

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Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQs)

What are Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQ) and should they be defined in the application?

Should you be successful in obtaining an HSRF award, AHRQs will be posed to you by health system Knowledge Users in order to request research evidence within your priority area that can be applied to improving or benefiting the Ontario health system. Successful Program Awards recipients will be identified on the ministry website as potential research providers under the AHRQ process.

Applicants may consider describing specific knowledge users or types of knowledge users that are expected to submit AHRQs (or who will be approached to submit AHRQs). Please review the MOHLTC AHRQ Guidelines to learn more about the roles of Knowledge Providers and Knowledge Users for AHRQs.

How will knowledge users engage the HSRF Program Awards researchers?

HSRF grant recipients will address new and emerging priorities of the health system. Knowledge users (i.e., health system policy makers or providers) have the opportunity to pose Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQ) to HSRF recipients in order to obtain research evidence to inform planning, policy and program development that will benefit the entire Ontario health system. All HSRF recipients will also involve various broad and/or targeted stakeholders through their KTE activities. Special activities are planned to ensure that Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN) and health system stakeholders are fully informed of ministry-funded research and how researchers funded through HSRF grants can support current and emerging priorities.

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Application and Review Process

What is the HSRF application and review process?

Most HSRF funding opportunities involve a two-stage application process: Notice of Intent (NOI) and full application. All funding opportunities involve external peer review of applications at one or both of these stages.

The 2012/13 HSRF Program Awards followed a rigorous, competitive process based on international best practices and involving two external expert panels. There was a two stage application process. In the first stage, program leads submitted a Notice of Intent (NOI) describing the proposed research or KTE program and its strategic alignment with Ontario's health system priorities at a high level. The NOI was evaluated primarily for policy relevance and potential impact on the Ontario health care system. Successful NOI programs were invited to submit a full application.

The ministry received 194 NOI submissions for the HSRF Program Awards in response to the June 2012 call. An external Relevance Review Panel identified 23 submissions to proceed to the full application stage. A Scientific Review Panel of external experts recommended 11 submissions for funding.

Applications for Capacity Awards and Calls for Targeted Research are evaluated by an external expert panel at the full application stage. NOIs for these competitions are non-binding and strictly for administrative purposes. The NOIs are not evaluated, nor are they shared with the review panel. The 2016/17 HSRF Program Awards will be following a similar application and review process as the Capacity Awards and Calls for Targeted Research. Please refer to the ministry's HSRF Program Awards webpage for more details.

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How is the composition of the HSRF review panels determined?

Panel membership will reflect a range of health system and population health research themes, expert knowledge of health care systems, and broad geographic representation. Members will be selected for expertise that is pertinent to the focus of a specific funding opportunity. Review panels are composed of established research experts and senior members of the health system, each capable of assessing the strategic value of the work proposed in the context of current health system priorities. Panels may include members from outside the province.

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Can more than one HSRF award be held by the same Project/Program Lead?

Yes, individuals can hold more than one type of HSRF award at the same time. Ministry funding from different awards must be used to support distinct activities.

Individuals/teams can submit more than one application for the same funding opportunity if the applications propose distinct programs/projects.

There is no limit to the number of HSRF awards that can be supported by a sponsoring institution.

What are some of the common key weaknesses to avoid in an application?

The ministry has identified several common weaknesses identified in previous HSRF calls and compiled it in a list of common feedback identified in previous competitions.

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Budget

What expenditures are eligible as direct costs for the HSRF grants? Are salaries eligible?

Salaries and stipends for both the Project Lead and Co-Lead are eligible to be funded either through the ministry, or in-kind by the sponsoring institution in the Personnel category.

Please consult the HSRF Guidelines for more information on budget expenditure categories.

Can budgets for research programs include funding for services?

HSRF Program Award funding is intended to support research and KTE activities. Some funding for services may be considered as part of a broader research program where the services are not currently funded through existing mechanisms (e.g., OHIP), where the large majority of the budget remains invested in research or KTE activities and where the delivery of the novel service is an integral component of the research. Applicants should also keep in mind that the evaluation of budgets will include consideration of the anticipated productivity or yield from the budget requested (i.e., return on investment provided by the program). Studies that require a large investment with relatively small impact are unlikely to be ranked high.

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What are eligible indirect costs? Is this a requirement of all HSRF budgets?

Indirect costs are costs associated with administering/managing the grant. Indirect costs will be payable to the sponsoring institution, regardless of how many institutions are collaborating in a program or project.

The HSRF Program Awards, Capacity Awards and Calls for Targeted Research grants are inclusive of both direct and indirect costs. Budget requests for these awards may include eligible indirect costs of up to 20% of the direct costs (including AHRQ for research projects/programs).

Should a budget request for a HSRF award not include indirect costs, the ministry requires written confirmation from the signatory that the sponsoring institution will waive all indirect costs fees related to that award.

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More Information

Who can I contact if I want more information?

To receive the latest information regarding MOHLTC research funding opportunities please be sure to monitor the Research Unit website. For more information contact the Research Unit at ResearchUnit@ontario.ca.

Please also refer to the HSRF Guidelines for further information regarding the HSRF and its specific awards.

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B. Program Awards

Overview

What are the HSRF Program Awards?

In June 2012, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (ministry) launched the Health System Research Fund (HSRF) Program Awards competition to fund policy-relevant health research and/or knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) programs. The HSRF supports health services/system and population health research and KTE but does not fund biomedical or clinical research.

All ministry-funded research programs include a sex and gender-based analysis wherever applicable.

What is the total amount of funding being provided through the 2016/17 HSRF Program Awards?

In total, 2016/17 HSRF Program Awards grants will provide $0.5M-1.0M/year per year over three years for research and/or KTE that supports strategic priority research areas.

Who is receiving HSRF Program Awards funding?

Eleven successful applicants of the inaugural 2012/13 HSRF Program Awards competition are being funded from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2016. For a detailed list of successful applicants, please see the HSRF Program Awards page.

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Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply for HSRF Program Award funding?

The HSRF Program Awards is open on a competitive basis to Ontario-based teams and networks that are based at eligible lead research institutions. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the HSRF Guidelines for more details about the eligibility requirements.

Is HSRF Program Award funding for projects or programs of research?

The HSRF Program Awards fund programs of research and/or KTE. Programs are expected to include multiple projects addressing one or more priority areas (and cross-cutting components, where applicable) that are conceptually linked and implemented over three years.

Can a research/KTE program have more than one program lead? If so, would the applicant be required to submit a Canadian Common C.V. or a resume for each program lead?

Up to two program co-leads are permitted, but there can only be one sponsoring organization. The HSRF Program Awards requires that the Program Lead/Co-Lead download and attach their Canadian Common C.V. to their online Full Application form. In addition, specific information on the relevant experience and research performance (where applicable) of the Program Lead and Co-Lead will be requested in the online Full Application form.

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Must both the Program Lead and Co-Lead be located in Ontario?

HSRF Program Awards are focused on building knowledge and capacity locally and provincially. The primary intent is to support Ontario-based research and KTE on issues of relevance to the Ontario health system. The Program Lead must be located in Ontario at an eligible institution and HSRF Program Award funding must be invested in Ontario. If there is a question about planned spending outside of Ontario, please contact the Research Unit.

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Can researchers at the start of their careers apply for HSRF Program Award funding?

Researchers at early stages of their careers who are interested in receiving HSRF Program Award funding may contribute to a proposal led by a senior researcher. One of the aims of the HSRF Program Awards is to build capacity in the Ontario research community, including the training and mentoring of new researchers.

The HSRF Program Awards will support graduate student research assistants (Masters and PhDs) and postdoctoral fellows where students are directly involved in a research program. Institutions may also top up the stipends extended to students and postdoctoral fellows assisting the program.

Please note: Masters and PhD students must be working directly on the program and only their prorated time and costs directly related to the HSRF funded program will be considered. Classroom attendance/work and teaching assistantships/stipends not directly associated with work carried out on the program are not eligible.

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Are health services trials eligible for HSRF Program Award funding?

The HSRF Program Awards will support health services/system and population health research and KTE, consistent with these CIHR research themes (i.e., pillars 3 and 4). The HSRF Program Awards will not fund biomedical or clinical research (i.e., CIHR pillars 1 and 2). Although clinical trials and randomized controlled trials are not eligible where they focus on diagnosis and/or treatment of individuals, health services trials are eligible. Applicants should also keep in mind that the evaluation of Full Application submissions will include consideration of both impact and budget. Trials that require a large investment with relatively small impact are unlikely to be ranked high.

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What institutions are eligible sponsors and who is the authorized signatory?

Please consult the HSRF Guidelines to determine if your institution is eligible. The authorized signatory for the sponsoring institution has the legal/financial authority to bind the institution.

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Are community health organizations eligible to act as lead research institutions?

Community health organizations (e.g., public health units, family health teams, community based service agencies, CCACs, etc.) are not eligible as sponsoring institutions. They can support programs of research and/or KTE as knowledge users or collaborators.

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How should I confirm the eligibility of an institution for HSRF Program Awards funding?

Program leads should contact the Research Unit before the NOI is submitted to confirm eligibility if their institution does not fall within one of the eligible categories outlined in HSRF Guidelines.

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Notice of Intent (NOI)

Is the NOI mandatory?

Yes. NOI submissions are a prerequisite for the HSRF Program Awards full applications. For instructions on how to submit the NOI, please refer to the HSRF Program Awards page.

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Will NOI submissions be evaluated by a review committee?

No. NOIs are strictly for administrative purposes. They will not be evaluated, nor will they be shared with review panels. NOI submissions are intended to assist the ministry in the planning and review process only.

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Is it permissible for one research institution to submit multiple NOIs (i.e. research program and KTE program)?

Yes. Multiple NOIs may be submitted from the same lead institution.

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Can the program lead change from the NOI submission to the full application?

No, however, a co-lead can be added, either from the same organization as the program lead or from a different organization.

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Can the identified priority area change from the NOI submission to the full application?

No. The main priority area must be the same main priority area that you identified in your NOI submission, however, sub-priorities and cross cutting components may change.

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Do NOI submissions need to have identified knowledge users?

Yes. Applicants must identify one (1) confirmed knowledge user in their NOI submission. Additional knowledge users may be identified in the full application. Letters of support are not required with the NOI submission.

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Can ministry officials be knowledge users?

Yes, ministry officials can be knowledge users, however, please note that individuals identified as knowledge users in the NOI submission will be excluded from participating in the review process for your Full Application submission.

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What level of detail is the ministry expecting at the NOI phase about how the Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQ) Process will fit into the proposed research program?

No detail on AHRQ is required at the NOI stage. At the full application stage, budgets for programs of research must include 25% of the budget for AHRQ.

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Priority Areas and Cross-Cutting Components

Will proposals that do not address the ministry's identified strategic priority research areas be considered for funding?

No. The Program Awards provide strategic three-year investments to programs of health research and/or KTE that focus on identified government priorities only. Proposal must address one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Community- and Home-Based Care
  • Health Promotion
  • Health System Performance and Sustainability
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Quality Improvement and Safety
  • Long-Term Care

    Are applicants required to address the ministry's identified cross-cutting components in their proposal?

    In addition to the six priority areas, the ministry has identified four cross-cutting components that are not specific to one strategic research priority. Sex and gender-based analysis remains a mandatory component. Applicants are encouraged to incorporate any/all of these components into their programs where applicable/feasible. These cross-cutting components are:

  • Equity
  • Aboriginal Health
  • Patient-Centred Care
  • Implementation Science

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    KTE and Implementation Plan

    Is an implementation plan a requirement for the HSRF Program Awards?

    While an implementation plan is not required (nor applicable in all cases), we do encourage applicants to assess and describe the feasibility of implementing any intervention/policy/process, etc. that may result from the knowledge generated and/or mobilized from the proposed program, as well as its scalability and sustainability (at the regional provincial level or higher) as part of the program's KTE plan.

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    Data Sharing Plan

    Why is the ministry requesting information about data sharing plans? Will data sharing be a requirement in the HSRF Program Awards?

    To leverage and maximize the impact, productivity, and return on investment of data collected under HSRF funding, the ministry is encouraging the broader sharing of data by funded researchers.

    As part of the ministry's interest in promoting data sharing, applicants are now being requested to confirm whether or not they would share any/all data collected by their proposed program, while respecting all provincial/federal legislation governing the collection, use and disclosure of data (e.g., Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Personal Health Information Protection Act). If interested, applicants will be given an opportunity to provide high level details of a proposed data plan or reasons why they would not be interested in sharing data.

    The information provided will be used strictly for informational and planning purposes by the ministry regarding its data sharing plans and will not be shared with, or assessed by, the Program Area Review Committee or the Scientific Review Panel in their evaluations.

    Data sharing is not a requirement for the 2016/17 HSRF Program Awards.

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    Budget

    What is the maximum amount of funding available through the HSRF Program Awards?

    The maximum support provided for each proposal is $1.0 million per year over three years.

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    Will HSRF Program Awards fund programs less than $500,000?

    No. Proposed budgets must be at least $500,000 annually.

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    The budget template asks for information about other sources of funding and in-kind sponsorship. What does this include?

    These are resources that will be used to support the program of research and/or KTE that come from sources other than the HSRF Program Awards. These may include financial support from the lead institution or other granting bodies, and/or in-kind donations from the lead institution, etc. Program leads should only identify sources where there is a reasonable degree of certainty that funding will be available/provided.

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    Is leveraged funding and/or an institutional match a requirement in submissions to HSRF Program Awards?

    There is no requirement to have leveraged funding. However, information on sources of leveraged funding opportunities that applicants have secured and/or plan to apply for will be requested. Applicants will also be asked to provide details on how these funds will be used to promote the sustainability of the HSRF Program Award by maximizing its impact and benefits while capitalizing on other existing resources. Applicants should note that all funded programs will be required to report on leveraged funding and other indicators to demonstrate the productivity and impact of their program.

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    What are the financial audit requirements for a HSRF Program Award?

    An annual external audit must be submitted to the ministry for each year of the award. A final audited financial statement must also be submitted upon completion of the program.

    Audit costs are generally considered a direct cost of research. Please confirm with your sponsoring institution prior to finalizing your budget.

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    What is the difference between the Overall Budget Justification section of the Full Application and the Justification of Expenditure in the budget template?

    The purpose of the Overall Budget Justification section is to provide applicants an opportunity to present a rationale of the overall budget in terms of appropriateness (e.g. why is the requested budget realistic and feasible for the conduct of the proposed program?) and explain any foreseeable issues that the applicants may want to address that the budget template does not permit (e.g. justifying the need for X to achieve Y).

    The Justification of Expenditure in the budget template is meant to provide an explanation for specific line items over $50,000 within the budget.

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    In submitting a proposed budget, a new column identifying allocated Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQs) funds for each of the budget categories is now required. What is the maximum amount allocated for AHRQs? What are eligible AHRQ costs?

    Awards through the HSRF, including the Program Awards, provides funding for AHRQs totaling up to 25% of the direct cost research budget. Therefore, if the direct research budget totals $500,000, an additional $125,000 maximum may be added to the budget and allocated for AHRQs, making the total direct research budget $625,000. This is to ensure that in addition to meeting program/project deliverables and timelines, programs/projects will have the capacity to respond to AHRQ requests.

    Although there are no specific direct research cost expenditures required for AHRQ funding, it is typically allocated to support personnel services and supplies and services that would be required to complete AHRQ requests.

    For further details regarding AHRQs including the AHRQ process, guidelines, and research providers, see the ministry's AHRQ webpage.

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    More Information

    I have consulted the FAQs, the HSRF Program Awards webpage, and the HSRF Guidelines but still cannot find the answer to my question(s). What should I do?

    Two teleconference sessions will be held in August/September 2015 to allow applicants to raise any questions related to the HSRF Program Awards. Please check the website for the dates in July 2015.

    In addition, the Research Unit will accept written questions about the HSRF Program Award process by email (to ResearchUnit@ontario.ca) starting August 3, 2015. Individuals who submit questions and all NOI applicants will be added to the 2016/17 HSRF Program Awards distribution list. The ministry's responses to questions (including those from the teleconference calls) will be emailed to the distribution list every other Wednesday, starting August 10, 2015 until the closing of the call (September 28, 2015). If you have not submitted an NOI and would like to be added to the distribution list to receive these emails, please send your request to ResearchUnit@ontario.ca.

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    C. Other HSRF Awards

    Capacity Awards

    When will the Capacity Awards be launched?

    More details about the Capacity Awards, including the launch date and funding available, will be provided in 2016. Funding for these awards is expected to begin in 2017/18.

    For more information on the Capacity Awards, please refer to the HSRF Guidelines.

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    HSRF Specialized Research Centres

    Which organizations are funded through the HSRF Specialized Research Centres stream?

    Three organizations have been designated as Specialized Research Centres: the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), the Ontario Mental Health Foundation (OMHF), and the Women's College Hospital: Women's Xchange.

    ICES is a prescribed entity under section 45(1) of the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). The ministry provides core funding for ICES' prescribed entity activities to link and analyse personal health information for the province of Ontario. ICES undertakes these activities to support health system analysis and health services research across the entire Ontario health system.

    OMHF was created by the ministry through legislation and will continue to receive funding as an agency of the ministry through the Specialized Research Centres funding stream.

    The Women's College Hospital: Women's Xchange, a women's health community-based research and KTE program, was announced May 16, 2013. The Women's Xchange is a key component of the ministry's efforts to advance a model for gender-sensitive health research and care that will create a more sustainable health care system for all Ontarians and will ensure ongoing capacity-building in women's health research.

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    How is the ministry supporting and promoting research and KTE in women's health?

    Through the HSRF, women's health research has been integrated into all policy-relevant health services/system research funded by the ministry. All HSRF Program Awards include examination of sex and gender issues in data analyses and knowledge synthesis/KTE.

    The ministry is also supporting women's health research through the creation of a community-based health research and KTE program at Women's College Hospital: Women's Xchange.

    WCH is the first and only independent, academic, ambulatory care hospital in Ontario with a primary focus on the health of women. It is a teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. WCH houses a multidisciplinary research institute as well as Canada's largest concentration of researchers with a focus on women's health. It has an established organizational infrastructure that provides the capacity to support growth and collaboration with a variety of organizations.

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    How will the Centre support community-based research and KTE focused on women's health?

    The Women's Xchange at Women's College Hospital will engage communities to best address their needs and to ensure research findings translate into meaningful information that has a positive impact. The Women's Xchange focuses on:

    • Community-based research activities - supporting community-initiated seeded projects and large-scale academic-led community projects.
    • KTE activities - from high-level academic communications (such as publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at major conferences) to grassroots community-based information sharing (including open access reports, web-based outreach activities, community events and media relations).

    The Centre also provides a receptor for the Women's Health Chairs and Scholars that are funded through endowments and previously reported to Echo: Improving Women's Health in Ontario (Echo). The Women's Xchange will act as a broker to disseminate their findings to relevant stakeholders.

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    HSRF Calls for Targeted Research

    What is the HSRF Calls for Targeted Research?

    The purpose of the HSRF Calls for Targeted Research is to solicit and fund focused research applications within ministry priority areas. The 2013/14 and 2016/17 HSRF Calls for Targeted Research focus on research applications within three priority areas: Nursing, Problem Gambling and Tobacco Control.

    Future calls for Targeted Research may not necessarily focus on these priority areas.

    For more information on the Calls for Targeted Research, please refer to the HSRF Guidelines and Calls for Targeted Research webpage.

    What is the total amount of funding being provided through the 2016/17 HSRF Calls for Targeted Research awards?

    In total, 2016/17 HSRF Calls for Targeted Research grants will provide $50,000 to $250,000/year over three years for research projects that support the targeted research areas and areas of focus.

    Who is currently being funded through the Targeted Research awards?

    There are currently 12 successful applications being funded through the 2013/14 Calls for Targeted Research from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2016. For a detailed list of successful applicants, please see the HSRF Calls for Targeted Research webpage.

    Eligibility

    Who is eligible to apply for HSRF Calls for Targeted Research funding?

    The HSRF Calls for Targeted Research is open on a competitive basis to Ontario-based teams that are based at eligible lead research institutions. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the HSRF Guidelines for more details about the eligibility requirements.

    Notice of Intent (NOI)

    Is the NOI mandatory?

    Yes. NOI submissions are a prerequisite for the HSRF Calls for Targeted Research full applications. For instructions on how to submit the NOI, please refer to the HSRF Calls for Targeted Research page.

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    Will NOI submissions be evaluated by a review committee?

    No. NOIs are strictly for administrative purposes. They will not be evaluated, nor will they be shared with review panels. NOI submissions are intended to assist the ministry in the planning and review process only.

    Can the identified targeted research area and area of focus change from the NOI submission to the full application?

    The targeted research area must be the same that you identified in your NOI submission, however, the area of focus and cross cutting components may change.

    Can I submit more than one targeted research application?

    Yes. You can submit more than one application. However, a separate NOI and Full Application Form must be completed for each application. Each application must only address one priority area and one area of focus.

    The Program Awards and Capacity Awards allow stand-alone KTE programs to be submitted. Can I submit a stand-alone KTE project for the Calls for Targeted Research?

    No. The Calls for Targeted research are for research projects only within the targeted priority areas and areas of focus. KTE is a major component that is integrated within these projects.

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    Targeted Research Areas

    Will proposals that do not address the ministry's targeted research areas and areas of focus be considered for funding?

    No. The HSRF Calls for Targeted Research will support research projects in nursing, problem gambling and tobacco control only. The applications must address the identified targeted research areas of focus.

    The tobacco control priority area is set up differently from problem gambling and nursing. For each area of focus, it lists specific research questions. Do I need to answer all of the research questions for the area of focus I select?

    No. For the tobacco control priority area researchers can address one or more of the research questions listed within the selected area of focus.

    For the tobacco control priority area, where researchers choose multiple research questions within an area of focus, these should be included together in a single application and will constitute a project. Where researchers are interested in more than one area of focus (e.g., prevention strategies AND smoking cessation treatments), separate applications should be submitted for each area of focus.

    For tobacco control only, in the IGAM application form, applicants must first select the area of focus of their research application, and then select one or more of the research questions listed under the particular area of focus to be completed as part of the research project.

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    Budget

    What is the maximum amount of funding available through the HSRF Calls for Targeted Research?

    The maximum support provided for each proposal is $250,000 per year over three years.

    What are the financial audit requirements for a HSRF Calls for Targeted Research award?

    An audit covering the entire duration of the project must be completed by an external auditor and submitted to the ministry upon completion of the award.

    Audited costs are generally considered a direct cost of research. Please confirm with your sponsoring institution prior to finalizing your budget.

    Note: Please also review the General HSRF Award Questions and HSRF Program Awards FAQs for details on Sex and Gender-Based Analysis, KTE, AHRQs, Application and Review Process, Eligibility, NOIs, Cross-Cutting Components, KTE and Implementation Plan, Data Sharing Plan and Budget.

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    Who can I contact if I want more information?

    To receive the latest information regarding MOHLTC research funding opportunities please be sure to monitor the Research Unit website. For more information contact the Research Unit at ResearchUnit@ontario.ca.

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