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Ministry Research Funding Opportunities

Health System Research Fund (HSRF) Guidelines


General Information

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (ministry) is working to establish a patient-focused, results-driven, integrated and sustainable publicly funded health system. Through the 2015 Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, 2012 Action Plan for Health Care and the Excellent Care for All strategy, Ontario is taking important steps to support evidence-based care, to foster joint accountability and to drive integration among providers to achieve a patient-centred system that improves health outcomes and sustainability. The focus is on a healthier Ontario, faster access and a stronger link to family health care, and the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

The ministry's Health Research Strategy aims to ensure an innovative research environment where evidence informs policy development and decision making by supporting and sustaining local research capacity. The strategy has three components :

In 2012/13, the ministry transformed its approach to funding health services/system and population health research to be aligned with the national/international best practice of competitive, peer-reviewed funding.

The ministry's Health System Research Fund (HSRF) was created to promote research and/or KTE initiatives that address important and complex health issues in Ontario.

The HSRF supports health services/system1 and population health2 research also referred to as CIHR pillars 3 and 4, as well as KTE3. The HSRF will not fund biomedical or clinical research, also referred to as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) pillars 1 and 2. All references to HSRF research and/or KTE program and project activities refer to health services/system and population health initiatives only.

The HSRF is structured to offer a range of funding opportunities to researchers and teams across the province. This is a discretionary, non-entitlement program and funding is awarded on a competitive basis.

1 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defines health services/system research as "research with the goal of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health professionals and the health care system, through changes to practice and policy. Health services research is a multi-disciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies and personal behaviours affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and, ultimately, Canadian's health and well being."

2 Population health research is defined by CIHR as "research with the goal of improving the health of the Canadian population, or of defined sub-populations, through a better understanding of the ways in which social, cultural, environmental, occupational and economic factors determine health status."

3 CIHR defines knowledge translation or transfer and exchange (KTE) as "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."

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Priority Areas

The cornerstones of the HSRF are strategic value/ policy relevance and scientific excellence. All applications must detail how an investment in the research/KTE would benefit the Ontario health system and how strategic priority areas will be addressed.

In 2015, the strategic priority research areas in the table below have been identified based on the 2015 Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, 2012 Action Plan for Health Care, 2014 MOHLTC Mandate Letter, Excellent Care for All strategy, the 2014 Ontario Budget and 2015 Ontario Budget, and consultation with senior ministry representatives.

Strategic Priority Research Areas and 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

Below are definitions as well as examples of government/ministry policy priorities/initiatives that are relevant to each strategic priority research area.

Some research funds from other divisions have been consolidated into the HSRF to ensure that the ministry's research investment is more strategic and coordinated overall.

Designated funds may be available for certain priorities :

The strategic priority research areas will be reviewed and updated as needed to ensure that they reflect major current and emerging health care priorities.

Calls for Targeted Research may be issued to address persistent gaps for knowledge users related to the HSRF priorities, and to ensure ongoing support for evidence-based decision making across the health system.

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Cross-Cutting Components

Cross-cutting components include analytical frameworks, topics, or particular populations and therefore, are not specific to one strategic priority research area.

For all HSRF competitions, which was initiated with the 2012/13 HSRF Program Awards, applicants will be required to include a sex and gender-based analysis in their research design (or provide a rationale as to why it would not be relevant to their program). Through the ministry's 2015 strategic priority-setting process, four additional cross-cutting components have also been identified. These four cross-cutting components are not mandatory. Applicants are encouraged to incorporate any/all of these components into their programs/projects where applicable and/or feasible.

Below are definitions, as well as examples, of government/ministry policy priorities/initiatives that are relevant to each cross-cutting component.

4These principles are based on the Picker Principles of Patient Centred Care.

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Funding Streams

The HSRF is structured to offer a range of opportunities to researchers and teams across the province through three streams of support:

In addition, HSRF funding may be administered through calls for targeted research to ensure ministry priorities are addressed.

Program Awards

To receive the latest information regarding successful Program Awards recipients and upcoming funding opportunities, please monitor the Research Unit website.

The majority of HSRF funds are dedicated to the Program Awards stream. These awards are strategic three-year investments in programs of health services/system and population health research and/or KTE that focus on identified priorities. Priorities ensure that selected programs are responsive to health system policy needs.

HSRF Program Awards provide $0.5M - $1.0M/year over three fiscal years.

Applications for Program Awards are expected to be programmatic and interdisciplinary. Research programs are expected to include multiple research projects that address one or more of the relevant strategic priority areas, that are conceptually linked, and that are implemented over three years. Programs of research and/or KTE should be based on an analysis of gaps in current knowledge in the field, especially gaps of importance to knowledge users engaged in relevant policies, programs and practices. Program Awards will also build inter-disciplinary and inter-professional capacity for the generation, synthesis and application of health system research including training and mentoring of new investigators, health professional scientists and KTE specialists.

Eligible : Program Awards funding opportunities are open on a competitive basis to networks, centres and teams that are based at eligible lead research institutions.

Ineligible : HSRF Program Awards will not support proposals seeking funding for:


Capacity Awards

To receive the latest information regarding Capacity Awards funding opportunities please monitor the Research Unit website.

Capacity Awards provide smaller grants to a large number of researchers. There are two opportunities for funding within the Capacity Awards stream :

  1. Capacity Awards are intended to build research and KTE capacity in areas of importance to knowledge users engaged in shaping policies, programs and practices. The HSRF Capacity Awards provide between $150K to $350K in annual funding over three fiscal years. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis. Applications may be either for research projects or for stand-alone KTE projects. KTE has high potential to contribute to increasing the quality and sustainability of the health care system by moving research into action. Priority will be given to applications that build capacity and provide opportunities for students and early/mid-career researchers.
  2. Capacity Building and Partnership Awardsaim to maximize opportunities to leverage health research investments and broker partnerships across health research funders to increase funding opportunities for Ontario researchers and research teams. Partnership funding opportunities with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) are available. Visit the Capacity Building and Partnership opportunities webpage for more details.

Specialized Research Centres

Three organizations have been designated as Specialized Research Centres: the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), the Ontario Mental Health Foundation (OMHF), and theWomen'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 receives funding as an agency of the ministry through the Specialized Research Centres funding stream. The OMHF aims to promote the mental health of people living in Ontario through research, training and education.

The Women's College Hospital: Women's Xchange, a women's health community-based research and KTE program, was announced by the ministry on 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.

Calls for Targeted Research

To receive the latest information regarding the Calls for Targeted Research strategic priorities and application process please monitor the Research Unit website.

The ministry is committed to supporting research in priority areas. The purpose of Calls for Targeted Research is to solicit and fund focused research on topics of importance to decision makers. Calls for Targeted Research may be issued to address persistent gaps for knowledge users related to the HSRF priorities, and to ensure ongoing support for evidence-based decision making across the health system.

For each priority area addressed, key knowledge gaps related to current/anticipated policy development and program implementation are identified through consultation with stakeholders, both internal and external to the ministry. Stakeholders include individuals or groups representing practitioners, researchers, administrators, and decision-makers as appropriate.

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HSRF Requirements

Unless specified otherwise in the description of the funding stream/opportunity, the following thee components apply to all HSRF awards :

  1. Sex and gender-based analysis
  2. Knowledge translation and exchange
  3. Applied health research questions

Sex and gender-based analysis:

Through the HSRF, women's health research has been integrated into all policy-relevant health services/system research funded by the ministry.

Knowledge Translation and Exchange (KTE)

All HSRF projects and programs will need to describe how KTE strategies and tools will be used to make a measurable impact within the defined funding cycle.5

As the HSRF aims to accelerate the translation of research evidence to inform policy and practice, all research funded by the ministry must make a measurable impact on the Ontario health care system and therefore must embed KTE by including the end users (care providers, educators, policymakers, and clients where possible) in all stages of the research process.

For stand-alone KTE programs, applications must address gaps in current knowledge that are of relevance to knowledge users by providing access to and/or support in implementing high quality evidence in decision making. KTE programs and projects must make a measurable impact on the Ontario health system in terms of educational, policy and/or health outcome measures.

Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQ)

HSRF award recipients must ensure that there is the capacity within the funds provided by the ministry to respond to Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQ).

An AHRQ is a question posed by a health system Knowledge User (i.e., policy staff within government, LHINs, CCACs, hospitals, etc.) in order to request research evidence that can be applied to improve or benefit the Ontario health system.

The AHRQ process facilitates direct interaction and dialogue between Knowledge Users and researchers to identify gaps in evidence.

AHRQs inform planning, policy and program development, which in turn helps strengthen the Ontario health system. Findings generated through AHRQs are broadly shared and disseminated.

Three types of AHRQ responses are available to Knowledge Users through this process:

The AHRQ requirement does not apply to stand alone KTE programs or projects. It is anticipated that stand alone KTE programs will support knowledge users in much the same way as part of their planned program.

Up to 25% of funding for research programs and projects funded through the HSRF must be set aside to respond to AHRQs from Ontario health system Knowledge Usersthroughout the course of the funding period.

For more information on the AHRQ process.

5 CIHR defines knowledge users as "an individual who is likely to be able to use the knowledge generated through research to make informed decisions about health policies, programs and/or practices. A knowledge user's level of engagement in the research process may vary in intensity and complexity depending on the nature of the research and his/her information needs. A knowledge user can be, but is not limited to, a practitioner, policy-maker, educator, decision-maker, health care administrator, community leader, or an individual in a health charity, patient group, private sector organization, or media outlet.

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Eligibility

Project/Program Lead and Co-Lead Eligibility

For Project/Program Lead and Co-Lead eligibility, consult the specific eligibility requirements for the HSRF award.

Eligible institutions

Eligible lead research institutions include :

A not-for-profit research institution seeking eligibility for HSRF funding must demonstrate :

Where an institution's eligibility to apply for HSRF funding may be in question, such institutions must request and receive confirmation of eligibility from the ministry's Research Unit.

The following organizations will not be considered eligible and cannot apply for, or receive, HSRF funding :

Please note that, while for-profit organizations may not apply for HSRF Awards as lead institutions, they may collaborate on programs/projects of research or KTE where eligible institutions are the designated lead.

It is important for sponsoring institutions (university, affiliated teaching hospital or officially associated research institute) to be aware that they play an important role throughout the term of any award. The sponsor assumes responsibility for the accounting and payment of the award. Applications are strengthened if the sponsor commits to, and identifies, other ways to support the program in meeting the ongoing requirements and objectives.

Please note : Approved consortia (multi-institutional) projects must have an Inter-Institutional Agreement (IIA) in place as soon as practically possible. The IIA must identify and address:

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Review Process

All submissions to the HSRF may be submitted in either English or French.

Most HSRF funding opportunities involve a two-stage process:

Notice of Intent

Program Awards, Capacity Awards and Calls for Targeted Research

To assist in planning for the review process, the MOHLTC requires interested applicants for Program Awards, Capacity Awards, and Calls for Targeted Research to submit a NOI. The NOI is strictly for administrative purposes and will not be evaluated, nor will it be shared with the review panels.

For more details see:

Full application submission

For Project/Program Lead and Co-Lead eligibility, consult the application instructions for details.

Review of full application

Consult the program specific application instructions for details concerning the relevance and scientific review process and criteria.

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Budget Development

Please see specific application instructions for budget details. The information below describes the generally acceptable eligible costs of research.

Please note that the ministry does not allow for budget carry forwards. Unspent funds that are approved and allocated for one fiscal year cannot be moved and spent in the following fiscal year(s). Any unspent funds, along with any interest generated from the funds, will be recovered by the ministry at the end of each fiscal year.

Eligible costs

  1. Personnel services

    These may include salaries, stipends and related non-discretionary benefits of researchers, knowledge brokers, technical staff and management and administrative staff directly involved in the program, and consultants' fees. If required, course buyouts and clinical/instructional release times are also permitted for time spent working on the program.

    Salary requests should parallel those paid to similarly classified persons at the sponsoring organization.

    Please note : Students/PhDs etc., must be working directly on the program and only their prorated time and costs directly related to the program will be considered. Classroom attendance/work and teaching assistantships/stipends not directly associated with work carried out on the program are not eligible.

    Fees for consultants – defined as individuals unrelated to any of the program partners and subcontracted to provide service or knowledge of a highly specialized nature for up to one quarter per fiscal year – must be essential to the research and demonstrate savings of time and money. Their fees should reflect reasonable market rates.

    Personnel costs, reflective of actual salary and benefits, can only be claimed in proportion to the time spent working on the program. The ministry may request supporting documentation to this effect, such as time sheets or certification by the faculty Dean.

    Personnel paid from the grant are not employees of the ministry.

    Please note: Until the provincial government balances its budget, no year over year salary increases will be approved, unless mandated by existing collective agreements.

  2. Supplies and services

    These may include :

    • commercially available consumable supplies
    • costs for dissemination of research results (e.g., open access journal fees, printing quick reference tool or poster, website hosting fees)
    • data access and data analysis costs
    • other costs, such as external audits of the finances of the program, as defined in the grant agreement

    Excluded costs include cost of renovations and alterations of existing space and leased space or institutional contributions of space when that space is newly developed, renovated, refurbished or leased.

  3. Travel and meeting costs

    These may include :

    • reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for fieldwork, conferences and collaborative trips
    • reasonable travel costs to visit collaborating universities/colleges or business partners for the purpose of the program (amount may be limited at ministry discretion)
    • costs of holding a workshop or seminar
    • registration fees for conferences
    • air travel costs – not to exceed full economy fares (amount may be limited at ministry discretion)

    The sponsoring institution's policy on travel must be submitted. The Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010 requires designated institutions to have policies covering travel, meals and hospitality. Where there is no institutional travel policy, the OPS Travel, Meal and Hospitality Directive applies.

    Please note that funding for travel, including meals, should be for costs actually incurred. Regardless of the institutional policy, due to the need for transparency and accountability, per diems cannot be allowed. Reimbursement of expenses incurred must be supported by original, itemized receipts for travel and meals.

    As per the Travel, Meal, and Hospitality Expenses Directive, consultants and other contractors will not be reimbursed for any hospitality, incidental or food expenses, including: meals, snacks and beverages, gratuities, laundry or dry cleaning, valet services, dependant care, home management, personal telephone calls.

    Travel costs are not expected to account for more than 10% of overall direct costs for research programs/projects but may be higher for stand-alone KTE projects.

  4. Equipment

    • This may include research equipment, supplies, computer and communication equipment as well as software required for the research and/or KTE program, including costs of purchase, refurbishment, transportation, extended warranties, importation costs, staff training for use, maintenance and operating costs (not including indirect costs such as power, insurance etc.).

    Please note: Equipment, software, etc., must be critically and explicitly needed to carry out the program.

  5. Other costs not captured above

    The HSRF will also cover certain other costs not captured above. Items within this category will be subject to ministry approval and reviewed on a case-by-case basis. These may include:

    • commercialization activities (patents)
    • funding for grant competitions held by the HSRF recipient
  6. Ineligible costs

    HSRF Program Award grant funds are not to be used for the following:

    • costs related to proposal development
    • fees for use of equipment owned by the institution unless such fees are charged to all institutional users based on a published schedule
    • costs relating to existing facilities infrastructure improvements, not specifically related to the proposal and/or not included in the original application;
    • opportunity costs
    • any items or services not directly related to the program
    • contract R&D (where the private sector owns the resulting intellectual property)
    • clinical trials
  7. Dates for eligibility of contributions and expenses

    Expenditures for the program are eligible only from the award's start date to the completion date, as defined in the grant agreement. Indirect costs are considered an expense and can only be shown beginning from the start date as defined in the grant agreement.

    Eligible in-kind contributions are deemed expensed at the same time they are contributed or acquired by the research institution. As such, they can only be shown as contributed and expensed between the start and end dates as defined in the grant agreement.

Eligible Indirect Costs

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.

Eligible Indirect Costs
Costs Related to Management and Administration
Examples Eligible Ineligible
  Indirect Costs Direct Costs  

Training of faculty and research personnel
Costs associated with professional development training, such as the use of software (e.g., accounting and human resources software) are eligible.
Costs associated with attending research administration-related conferences for professional development are eligible.

X

 

 

Human resources and payroll
Salaries and benefits for employees who support the research project/program (research, financial, human resources and purchasing offices) are eligible.

X

 

 

Research planning and promotion, and public relations
Costs associated with publications that highlight research (e.g., annual reports, newsletters, magazines, press releases) are eligible.
Provincial/national travel costs associated with research promotion are eligible.
This does not include promotion costs as part of KTE activities.

X

 

 

Financial and audit costs related to the Project/Program

 

X

 

Recruitment of new staff

 

X

 

Staff directly involved with the Project/Program

 

X

 

Consultants directly involved with the Project/Program

 

X

 

Support for students

 

X

 

Research time stipends / teaching release

 

X

 

Costs associated with collective agreements

 

X

 

Costs of publication for scientific journals

 

X

 

Costs for scholarly conferences, or expenses associated with presenting papers and findings at provincial or national conferences

 

X

 

Provincial or national travel costs associated with research/KTE activities

 

X

 

Conference registration fees

 

X

 

Meeting costs

 

X

 

Website costs related to the Project/Program

 

X

 

International travel

 

X

 

 

Eligible Indirect Costs
Costs Related to Research Resources
Examples Eligible Ineligible
  Indirect Costs Direct Costs  

Acquisition of library holdings
Library holdings include journals, books, collections, periodicals and site licences.

X

 

 

Improved information resources
Information resources include databases, telecommunications, information technology and research tools.

The purchase of computer hardware and software / software licences for libraries is eligible.

X

 

 

Pilot studies

 

X

 

Purchase of hardware or software to be used in a specific research Project/Program and/or teaching exercise

 

X

 

Honoraria for research participants

 

X

 

 

Costs Related to Facilities
Examples Eligible Ineligible
  Indirect Costs Direct Costs  

Renovation and maintenance of research facilities
"Research facilities" include libraries, laboratories, research networking spaces, offices of research and finance administration, and offices of social science and humanities researchers.

The purchase and/or refurbishing of furniture for research facilities is eligible as it pertains to the ability to undertake work related to the Project/Program.

X

 

 

Upgrades and maintenance of research equipment
An "upgrade" is defined as replacing a part to make a piece of equipment more usable.

"Maintenance" (and/or "maintenance contracts") is defined as the upkeep or repair of equipment to improve or preserve efficiency.

The purchase of new equipment is considered as upgrading/maintenance if this equipment supports the research infrastructure's overall operation, meaning investments in air and water quality, or power upgrades (e.g., air conditioners, water purifiers, ventilation systems).

X

 

 

Operating costs
Operating costs include custodial, security, maintenance, utilities, and leasing costs; and costs for capital planning associated with research spaces and research equipment, and insurance on research spaces.

X

 

 

Upgrades and maintenance of research facilities and equipment to meet regulatory requirements

X

 

 

Technical support for laboratories, offices and other facilities
Includes technical support for the development/maintenance of a Project/Program website.

 

X

 

The purchase of furniture for the offices of specific researchers that does not pertain to the ability to undertake work related to the Project/Program

 

 

X

Purchase or construction of a building

 

 

X

Purchase of laboratory equipment, or any other equipment eligible for funding under federal programs

The purchase of basic laboratory equipmentis not eligible (test tubes, microscopes, Bunsen burners, sample containers, gloves, masks, coats, etc.).

 

 

X

Collateral on mortgage financing
Rental costs for space that is owned by the Recipient are not eligible.

Payment of interest charges is not eligible.

 

 

X

Purchase or lease of land

 

 

X

 

Costs Related to Intellectual Property
Examples Eligible Ineligible
  Indirect Costs Direct Costs  

Administration of invention patent applications

X

 

 

Support for technology licensing
Legal fees for technology licensing are eligible.

X

 

 

Administration of agreements and partnerships with industry

X

 

 

Marketing of teaching materials, scientific photo libraries, survey instruments, statistical packages, data sets and databases, software, computer models and other tools

X

 

 

Intellectual property management costs already covered under other initiatives

 

 

X

 

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Intellectual Property (IP)

The ministry does not claim any ownership or rights to any IP resulting from HSRF funded programs and projects. Such rights are to be determined by the lead institution in accordance with its current IP policy. In cases where a consortium of applicants exists, the policy, as dictated in the agreement between the consortium members, will dictate the IP policy.

Please note : The ministry requires that all program/project leads adequately address IP issues at the time of the full application. If a program/project lead does not have the right of "freedom to operate" (i.e. if they may infringe on someone else's IP rights) with regards to the development and disposition of IP, the ministry will consider their application as contract research (see section vii above) and, as such, ineligible under the HSRF criteria. The ministry may request a copy of the institutional and/or relevant IP policy.

The program/project leadshall make every effort to ensure that the peer-reviewed publications produced through the award are freely accessible as soon as possible and in any event within six months of publication :

  1. through the publisher's website, or
  2. through an online repository, by archiving the final peer-reviewed full-text manuscripts immediately upon publication in a digital archive, such as PubMed Central or the Recipient's institutional repository

In addition, the program/project lead must supply the Research Unit with at least 30 days notice of any publication and a copy of the publication for issues management purposes. The ministry will keep the material confidential until it is published unless maintaining confidentiality would endanger public health or safety.

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Program/Project Deadlines

Consult the HSRF Award Important Dates page for program/project specific timelines and submission deadlines.

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Funding Approval

Final funding decisions are made at the Minister's sole discretion. Funding decisions will be communicated to all applicants by a letter to the institution's Chair of the Board, or an equivalent. The administrative letter, with the negotiated Transfer Payment Accountability Agreement will be sent to the President/CEO, or an equivalent and the program/project lead.

The award notification provides detailed terms and timelines for the award, which must be agreed to before any payment can be made. During the award period, monthly payments will be transferred electronically to a prearranged account at the sponsoring institution.

The HSRF is a discretionary, non-entitlement program and all funding decisions are final. There is no appeal process.

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Grant Agreement

When funding for an application is approved, the successful project/program lead will negotiate a Transfer Payment Accountability Agreement (a contract) with the ministry. The ministry reserves the right to request any changes to the Full Application submission, including the proposed budget(s), prior to awarding the grant, regardless of the External Review Panel's decisions. The agreement will be signed by an Authorized signatory with the authority to bind the Sponsoring Institution. The amount stipulated in the Agreement may be less than but may not exceed the amount approved by the Minister.

The Agreement will address terms and conditions for the disbursement of the grant that include, but are not limited, to :

The ministry will monitor the project in relation to :

Please note : The ministry, at its discretion and upon reasonable notice, reserves the right to undertake periodic reviews of programs/projects.

The ministry reserves the right to terminate an HSRF grant without cause at any time by providing written notice of the termination.

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Contact information and service standard

Research Unit
Telephone: 416 327-7759
Email: ResearchUnit@ontario.ca

The ministry is committed to making timely decisions. The ministry will use its best efforts to notify successful project leads of funding decisions by the following dates :

Program Awards

Capacity Awards

Calls for Targeted Research

Partnerships and Capacity Building

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Consent to disclosure of personal information

The ministry is subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information and documentation provided to the ministry may be shared with members of the review panels, external expert reviewers and others to administer the HSRF.

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For More Information
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Strategic Policy and Planning Division
Research, Analysis and Evaluation Branch
9th Floor Hepburn Block, 80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto ON M7A 1R3
Tel.: 416-327-7759
Fax : 416-327-3200
E-mail : ResearchUnit@ontario.ca