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Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP)

CHRP is a joint initiative between the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). 

CHRP funding supports innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects, requiring participation from the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community.

CHRP funding requires the translation of the research results to knowledge/technology users (KTUs) and related stakeholders outside the academic or training environment. As such, the proposed research projects must have a strong focus on knowledge translation (KT) and lead to health and economic benefits for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and/or a strengthened health care system. KTU organizations should be meaningfully engaged throughout the research process, as appropriate, to inform research planning and design.

CHRP projects must include training opportunities for highly qualified personnel (HQP) in collaborative and interdisciplinary research of relevance to health, preparing them for employment opportunities in the private, public or not for profit sectors. Given that interactions between personnel from academic institutions and other sectors contribute to knowledge sharing and the development of HQP, NSERC and CIHR encourage secondments, cross-appointments, co-supervision of students, internships, reciprocal laboratory visits and joint workshops

The objectives of the CHRP program are to:

  • Translate research results to knowledge/technology users and other stakeholders;

  • Encourage the natural sciences or engineering and health research communities to collaborate and integrate their expertise;

  • Advance interdisciplinary research leading to knowledge and technologies with the potential to benefit Canada by improving the Canadian healthcare system and/or services and where appropriate lead to economic opportunities in Canada; and

  • Train highly qualified personnel in collaborative and interdisciplinary research of relevance to health, while preparing them for employment opportunities in the private, public or not for profit sectors.

 

Eligibility:
Both NSERC and CIHR criteria are used to determine eligibility for the CHRP program:

    • The team must include at least two Principal Applicants (including the Nominated Principal Applicant), one from the natural sciences or engineering community and one from the health sciences community. There is otherwise no limit to the number of applicants participating on CHRP grants.
    • The Nominated Principal Applicant and the other Principal Applicants must qualify as an independent researcher.
    • When appropriate, highly accomplished trainees with critical skillsets absent in the regular applicant group may be named as co-applicants on the grant (equivalent to NSERC collaborators).

Applications must include a partnership with at least one eligible, non-academic knowledge/technology user (KTU) organization with an expressed interest and demonstrable ability to use the end products of the research.

 

Value:
There is no upper limit on awards. Support will be provided up to 3 years for defined projects with clear milestones and decisions points.

 

Application process:

The CHRP competition is held on an annual basis. Applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to CIHR. CIHR’s deadline for submission of a LOI is in May.

All LOIs are reviewed by the CHRP selection committee and applicants whose projects best fit the CHRP Program objectives are invited to submit full applications.

If you plan to apply, please contact Virginia Viscardi, Senior Advisor, at or extension 24519. She will provide guidance documents and assistance with development of both the LOI and the full application.

 

More Information:
Additional information regarding the Collaborative Health Research Projects competition can be found on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research  website at http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/48042.html.