Child Health and Wellness Funding Opportunities

ACHRI-WCHRI Team-Based Research Development Fund

ACHRI is partnering with the Women and Children’s Hospital Research Institute (WCHRI) to support the development of Alberta-led research teams focused on maternal-child health.

Eligibility:
Funds are intended to support the development of teams to apply for large scale national/ international competitive funding (e.g. CIHR team grants, training grants, network grants; New Frontiers in Research, Genome Canada). Consideration will also be given to teams applying for large provincial funding opportunities, such as PRIHS.

Team composition should reflect the competitive funding opportunity requirements and must be co-led by investigators from both ACHRI and WCHRI (i.e. nominated principal investigator from one institute, principal investigator from alternate institute).

Deadlines:
This program is open to applications throughout the year, depending on fund availability. Funds available range from $5,000-20,000 and will be awarded based on project need and complexity / value of external opportunity. The next deadline to apply is Friday, November 5, 2021.

Please contact achri.awards@ucalgary.ca and/or tanya.voth@ualberta.ca for further details and/or to inquire about eligibility.


Child Health Innovation Opportunities

Activated by Innovate Calgary, the university’s knowledge transfer and business incubator, UCeed is a philanthropically powered early-stage investment program that accelerates UCalgary and community-based start-up companies to advance problem-solving research, create jobs and fuel the economy.

UCeed Child Health is funded by the generosity of our community through the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and their mission to inspire our community to invest in excellence in child health, research and family centred care.

This program is situated within Post-Secondary Investments & Emerging Technologies at Alberta Innovates (AI) and is designed to leverage Alliance funding offered by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
Applications will continue to be reviewed by AI and NSERC until the 21/22 budget is allocated.


Granting agencies and organizations frequently run research funding competitions requiring matching funds. These are generally highly competitive awards, which help enhance our research capacity and academic reputation. To support and encourage members to compete for these awards, ACHRI is committed to providing matching funds wherever possible.

  1. Eligibility

    • All ACHRI members applying for external grant funding require a matching commitment.
    • Proposed grant supports research relevant to child and maternal health.
    • Members with uncommitted startup funds available must use those funds for matching.
    • Matching will be used for investments to benefit our research community. In the case of multi-centre proposals, ACHRI will consider proportionate matching shared with other participating centres.
  2. Application Process:

    • Matching fund applications must be submitted to achri.awards@ucalgary.ca
    • Following review, evaluation and prioritization by ACHRI leadership, the Director will issue a letter of commitment to successful applicants.
  3. Application package must include:

    • Completed Application Form
    • One-page summary of planned research project - this can be the “Objectives” or “Specific Aims” page from the grant application
    • CV of applicant(s)

Following the announcement of results of major Tri-Council grant competitions, ACHRI offers bridge funding to its members whose applications are highly ranked, but unfunded. The intent of bridge funding is to sustain the research programs of members until the next external grant competition. Priority will be given to first applications of bridge funding.

Deadline for CIHR Spring 2021 Project Grant Bridge Funding is August 30, 2021.

  1. Eligibility:

    • All ACHRI members
    • Will only be considered if the application reached the final stage of the competition, if applicable
    • Individuals who hold endowed chairs or professorships valued at more than $100,000/year in operating funds are not eligible to apply
    • Individuals with unencumbered startup funds are not eligible to apply
    • Generally, an application would only receive ACHRI bridge funding once, however, in extenuating circumstances additional bridge funding may be considered for a given applicaiton
  2. Application Process:

    • The Notice of Decision
    • Reviewer and Scientific Officer notes (these will be kept confidential)
    • Completed ACHRI Bridge Funding Application Form 

The award will recognize, promote and support Allied Health Practitioners to participate in clinical and/or translational research initiatives related to child health. The award will support research activities that are of clinical significance, have scientific merit, the potential for meaningful impact and are of relevance to advancing shared priorities of ACHRI and AHS/Alberta Children’s Hospital.The award is up to a maximum of $73,000 over three years.

CLOSED

  1. Eligibility:

    The Award is open to members of the ACHRI collaborating with staff/practitioners of Alberta Health Services providing service to Alberta Children’s Hospital.

  2. Application Process:

    Application to be submitted on The Allied Health Research Grant Application Form with the following attachments:

    • Research Proposal – maximum five pages including figures and tables. Provide a clear, concise description of your research proposal including: 
      • Background – Significance and Impact
      • Aims
      • Methods
      • Knowledge Translation
      • Expertise, Experience and Resources
    • Principal Investigator – CCV
    • Co-Investigators – Biosketch CV
    • Quotations for equipment if necessary

The award will recognize, promote and support Allied Health Practitioners to participate in clinical and/or translational research initiatives related to child health. The award will support research activities that are of clinical significance, have scientific merit, the potential for meaningful impact and are of relevance to advancing shared priorities of ACHRI and AHS/Alberta Children’s Hospital. The award is $207,000 expendable over three years.

CLOSED

  1. Eligibility:

    The Award is open to members of the ACHRI collaborating with staff/practitioners of Alberta Health Services providing service to Alberta Children’s Hospital.

  2. Application Process:

    Application to be submitted on The Shaikh Family Research Award Application Form with the following attachments:

    • Research Proposal – maximum five pages including figures and tables. Provide a clear, concise description of your research proposal including: 
      • Background – Significance and Impact
      • Aims
      • Methods
      • Knowledge Translation
      • Expertise, Experience and Resources
    • Principal Investigator – CCV
    • Co-Investigators – Biosketch CV
    • Quotations for equipment if necessary

UCalgary Funding

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Research Enhancement Program

The OADR provides up to $5000/yr for principal investigators or lab members to obtain training in new techniques/methodologies that will enhance their research endeavors. Proposals will be considered to support acquisition of advances to improve an identified future grant application or to rapidly respond to requests by reviews of manuscripts currently close to publication, in a high impact journal (IF >8).

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