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NSERC Joint Call for the Water Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) 2016





Joint Transnational Call for Research Proposals  (JTC) 2016
Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) More Years Better Lives

Welfare, Wellbeing and Demographic Change: Understanding Welfare Models

Notify ROADS of your intent to apply by March 11th
Draft application due to ROADS by March 28th


The objective of the call is to 1) support transnational research teams seeking to improve the understanding of how different approaches to welfare secure quality of life, especially for the elderly, and 2) develop comparative perspectives on “welfare models” and the ways in which they are changing, drawing on the great diversity of approaches to welfare across Europe and Canada. 

Proposals may address one or more of the following three research topics:

1.  Understanding wellbeing: How appropriate are current measures of wellbeing across the changing life course?
2.  Intergenerational relationships: How can welfare models distribute resources, rights and responsibilities in fair and sustainable ways?
3.  Welfare models: How can welfare models secure the health and wellbeing for older people confronted to caring needs, subject to frailty, and nearing the end of life?

Participating in the initiative are 13 leading research funding agencies, including SSHRC and CIHR, from 11 European countries and Canada:

  • Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), Austria

  • Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium (Flanders)

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada

  • Academy of Finland (AKA), Finland

  • The French National Research Agency (ANR), France

  • The Israeli Ministry of Science Technology and Space (MOST), Israel

  • Italian Ministry of Health (MoH), Italy

  • Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR), Italy

  • The Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway

  • Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal

  • Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), Spain

  • National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain

  • The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), The Netherlands

Individual research groups will be funded by their national funding organisation.

The tentative combined funding commitment from CIHR and SSHRC is $1,500,000 CDN. The duration of the project can be up to 3 years.

Welfare models involve a complex interaction of public, private and voluntary activity, therefore, the research must draw on expertise from many academic disciplines and proposals must have an interdisciplinary nature.  Each proposal must involve a minimum of three eligible applicants from at least three different countries participating in the call. The maximum number of eligible participants in a project consortium is seven.


Canadian applicants must meet the eligibility criteria of the CIHR ( and/or SSHRC (

Application process:
If you intend to apply, please notify Lauren Goldstein, Senior Advisor, ROADS, at or extension 24519 by March 11th.


Draft proposals and completed application approval forms (GAAP or MILO Checklist) are due to ROADS by March 28th.


Proposals are submitted jointly by research groups from several countriesFinal joint proposals must be submitted via the online submission platform no later than 12:00 CET on April 11th.

Canadian applicants must also complete an abbreviated CIHR application and submit it via ResearchNet by April 11th.



More information:
Additional information regarding the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) More Years Better Lives, “Welfare, Wellbeing and Demographic Change: Understanding Welfare Models” can be found at and