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Ministry Research Funding Opportunities

Health System Research Fund (HSRF) Calls for Targeted Research

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is pleased to announce that the Health System Research Fund (HSRF) Targeted Call for Research in Nursing has been unpaused for 2017/18 funding. The Targeted Calls for Research in Tobacco and Problem Gambling are now closed.

2016/17 Call for Notice of Intent and Full Application Submissions
Launch Date: March 8, 2017
Notice of Intent Deadline: March 20, 2017
Full Application Deadline: April 18, 2017

  1. Overview
  2. Notice of Intent
  3. Full Application
  4. Review Process of Full Applications
  5. Detailed Full Application Instructions
  6. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Guidelines, and Other Relevant Information
  7. 2013/14 HSRF Calls for Targeted Research Results

1. Overview

The purpose of the HSRF Calls for Targeted Research is to solicit and fund focused research applications within the following three (3) MOHLTC priority areas: Nursing, Problem Gambling and Tobacco Control.

For each of the three (3) priority areas, key knowledge gaps related to current/anticipated policy development and program development were identified as targeted research areas of interest for policy makers and knowledge users through a consultative process.

Please refer to the Detailed HSRF Calls for Targeted Research Full Application instructions for definitions of targeted research priority areas and areas of focus.

As in the 2013/14 HSRF Calls for Targeted Research, applicants will be assessed on the extent to which sex and gender have been considered in their proposed research (i.e., rationale, methods and knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) plan). Five additional cross-cutting components have also been identified for HSRF awards and applicants are encouraged to incorporate any/all of these components into their projects where applicable and/or feasible. These cross-cutting components are:

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

Patients First: Action Plan for Healthcare outlines the ministry's commitment to expand how patients are engaged throughout the health care system. To meet this commitment, the ministry is also expanding the patient engagement component of all HSRF Calls. All ministry-funded research must include meaningful patient engagement to ensure the patient's perspective is considered in all aspects of the research program.

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2. Notice of Intent

To assist in planning for the review process, the MOHLTC requests that interested HSRF Calls for Targeted Research applicants submit a completed notice of intent (NOI) using the MOHLTC's online grant application system. The NOI is mandatory. Some of the components of the NOI will be binding. Specifically, the targeted priority area, the Project Lead, and the Knowledge User identified cannot be changed in the Full Application.

The NOIs are strictly for administrative purposes - it will not be evaluated, nor will it be shared with the review panels. You must create a username and password for the online form. Applicants will be able to save and review their NOI before submitting. Applicants will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt of their NOI submission within 48 hours.

Note: If you have previously submitted a NOI to the HSRF Capacity Awards, Targeted Calls, or MOHLTC partnership funding for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) competition, your login information remains unchanged.

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3. Full Application

Applicants will have access to the online Full Application form through the MOHLTC's online grant application system. Applicants will be able to save and review their Full Application before submitting.

For instructions on how to complete the Full Application, please refer to the Detailed Full Application Instructions section below.

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4. Review Process of Full Applications

The HSRF Calls for Targeted Research competition uses a peer-review model, the international best practice standard for research funding, to ensure that the highest quality proposals are supported.

The process for review of applications is as follows: