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CIHR 2014 Foundation Scheme “live pilot”. Update Winter 2014. The Foundation Scheme. The Foundation Scheme is designed to contribute to a sustainable foundation of health research leaders . It is expected to:

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The Foundation Scheme

  • The Foundation Scheme is designed to contribute to a sustainable foundation of health research leaders.
  • It is expected to:
    • Support a broad base of research leaders across career stages, areas and disciplines relevant to health;
    • Develop and maintain Canadian capacity;
    • Provide flexibility to pursue new, innovative lines of inquiry as part of an overall program of research;
    • Contribute to the creation and use of health-related knowledge.
  • The Foundation Scheme will have one competition a year.



How many Foundation grants will be funded in the first competition?

  • Approximately $500M will be available for the 2014-15 Transitional OOGP and 2014 Foundation Scheme “Live Pilot”.
  • Modeling assumptions based on historical data estimate 120 to 220 Foundation grants will be supported in the first pilot.
  • Once fully implemented, the Foundation Scheme will fund approximately 114grants a year.
  • An investment at this level assumes a robust application pressure therefore, the actual number of grants awarded may vary.



What are the eligibility requirements for the Live Pilot competitions?

  • The following health researchers are eligible to apply to the first Foundation Scheme "live pilot" competition:
  • As of July 30, 2013, Nominated Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators of an Open grant with a grant term expiry date no earlier than October 1, 2014 and no later than September 30, 2015. This includes:
    • An OOGP grant with a grant term expiry date of March 31, 2015; or
    • An OOGP grant with a grant term expiry date of September 30, 2015.
  • New/early career investigators
  • Researchers who have never held OpenCIHR funding as a Nominated Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator

Institutions were provided with lists of researchers who have Open grants ending no earlier than October 1, 2014 and no later than September 30, 2016. Please contact your research office or [email protected] if you have any questions regarding your eligibility.



Is there a separate stream for new investigators?

  • New/early-career investigators are eligible to apply to the Foundation Scheme competition as a Program Leader.
  • CIHR defines a new/early career investigator as:
  • New investigators will be assessed with other applicants in Stages 1 and 2. Reviewers will be asked to consider career stage when assessing the application against the specified criteria.
  • At Stage 3, new/early-career investigators will be assessed and ranked against other new/early career investigators.

A researcher who, at the Stage 1 application deadline, has assumed his/her first independent academic position (e.g., faculty appointment) within the last 5 years.



Are the terms Nominated Principle Applicant and Co-applicant being used in the Foundation Scheme?

  • The program is designed to contribute to a sustainable foundation of health research leaders.
  • As part of the new scheme some new terms are being introduced. The applicant(s) is/are the Program Leader(s)
  • No differentiation will be made between multiple Program Leaders on a single Foundation grant, all are equally responsible for overseeing the direction of the research program.

Program Leader(s)

  • Nominated Principal Investigator
  • Co-Principal Investigator
  • Co-Investigator
  • Collaborator
  • Partner
  • Knowledge User




What is the competition Process for the new Foundation Scheme?

The Foundations scheme will be a multi-stage competition with 2 distinct applications and 3 review stages. Only successful Stage 1 applicants will be invited to apply to Stage 2.



What are the application requirements for the Foundation Scheme?

Applicants will submit a structured application and CV to the Foundation Scheme

Stage 1

Stage 2

Program Leader(s) CV

Program Leader(s) CV

Summary (~1 page)

Summary (~1 page)

Quality of the Program

Research Concept (~ 1 ½ pages)

2. Research Approach (~ 1 ½ pages)

Caliber of the Applicant(s)

Leadership (~ ½ page)

2. Significance of Contributions (~ ½ page)

3. Productivity (~ ½ page)

Quality of the Expertise, Experience, and Resources

Expertise (~ 3 pages)

2. Mentorship and Training (~ 2 pages)

3. Quality of Support Environment (~ 1 page)

Vision and Program

Direction (~1 page)

Budget (~ ½ page)

Application requirements are now available on the web. These will be updated if any substantive changes are required as a result of the ongoing pilots.



Summary page

  • research experience and the vision of the research program
  • focus of their research career (including major questions and impact of their research)
  • nature of expertise and experience
  • collaborations established to achieve research goals
  • vision or direction of planned program to advance knowledge and/or its application to health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes

Caliber of the applicant(s) [weighted 75%]

CV(s) used to highlight their recognitions, funding history, activities and contributions that best demonstrate their leadership, significant contributions and productivity

For multiple Program Leaders in one Foundation grant, the applicants will need to convincingly demonstrate synergy, a history of co-leading research and joint efforts on achieving tangible benefits and impact, as well as co-generation of research output


Leadership (25%)

  • widely recognized in the field and community, history of influential roles (advancing the field, translating knowledge into practice, and/or building networks/communities)
  • demonstrated ability to establish, and direct major projects or programs of research (mentoring/training initiatives, knowledge translation strategies, infrastructure development, effective collaborations) – reference to relevant examples in the CV
  • more than one Program Leader - joint research leadership (where joint Program Leaders have together advanced the field and done exemplary training)

Significance of contributions (25%)

  • applicant(s) will highlight their contributions and impact including tangible benefits or positive influences on health and health research.
  • significantly advance knowledge and/or its translation into improved health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes
  • engaged, trained, and/or launched the career paths of promising individuals
  • more than one Program Leader - joint contributions

Productivity (25%)

  • highlight productivity, focusing on both quality and quantity of research outputs - point to relevant examples in their CV(s)
  • demonstrated an outstanding level of research outputs based on prior work
  • high quality research outputs
  • more than one Program Leader - joint productivity

Vision and Program Direction [weighted 25%]

  • Articulate a compelling vision and direction for the program of research - goal, overall objective(s), expected outputs/contribution(s), significance if objectives are met
  • Foundation grants – flexible to allow an opportunity to innovate, explore new lines of inquiry
  • vision, goal, overall objective(s), and potential contributions(s) well-defined and well-articulated
  • vision - forward-looking, creative, and appropriately ambitious
  • vision - significantly advance knowledge and/or its translation to improved health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes

What are the competition timelines?

  • The 2014 Foundation Scheme “live pilot” funding opportunity was published in November 2013.
  • Key dates include:
  • Application requirements and Q&A’s were developed to help researchers prepare
  • Application templates will be available through ResearchNet in June 2014



OUR Deadlines / Timeline

March 15th:Indicate to respective ADR / research office intention to pursue a Foundation grant

March 15th – April 15th:

Individual review panels formed by ADR / research office(s) in consultation with investigator(s)

April 15th: “Rough” first draft due (one of 3 likely to be required)

June 23rd: Registration deadline

Aug 29th: Final Application due to Research Office

Sept. 15th: Stage 1 deadline submission


Budget Considerations

  • Budgets will be assessed based on need to achieve research goals
  • BUT past funding history will be taken into account
  • AND Foundation grants are not designed to take over funding from other sources