Message from Dr. Carrie Bourassa about an Indigenous health research workshop focused on healthy life trajectories

Communities are invited to apply for funding to participate in this CIHR workshop

Hello, Tancheegia, Boozhoo, Bonjour,

I’m pleased to inform you the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will be launching Development Grants to bring interested First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Indigenous communities together for a workshop to inform the development of the Indigenous component of the Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI). This initiative focuses on addressing non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, obesity and mental wellness and will support communities to work together to establish the needed expertise to support Indigenous-driven research.

The Development Grants will provide support for workshop preparation activities and travel support to attend the workshop, which is expected to be held in Ottawa in June 2018. The workshop will provide an opportunity to address community readiness, priorities, research and data capacity, relationships with researchers, sex and gender considerations, and governance.

The request for applications will be available on the CIHR ResearchNet site in December 2017. We will follow up with you when we launch the application process, at which point we will include all of the necessary details. In the meantime, I refer you to the details in the upcoming request for applications, and ask you to share this important information with your networks and encourage them to apply.

Key dates:

  • Launch of program: December 2017
  • Application deadline: February 2018
  • Notice of decision: March 2018
  • Funding Start date: March 2018
  • Anticipated date of workshop: June 2018

This opportunity is being targeted to Indigenous community representatives. Further details about eligibility are included on the upcoming request for applications.

If you are interested in applying and are new to CIHR, you will need to register for a CIHR Personal Identification Number (PIN). To ensure you have sufficient time to prepare your grant application, I encourage you to register now for a PIN.

We at CIHR strive to build community participation into the development of our initiatives to improve the health of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Indigenous Peoples. Through the implementation of our 10-point plan to strengthen Indigenous health research, we are committed to investing in a healthier future for Indigenous communities.

In an effort to increase collaboration and sharing of information between CIHR, Indigenous communities and the broader research community or organizations interested in Indigenous health research, we invite you to subscribe to our mailing list – email us at [email protected].

Megweetch, thank you,

Dr. Carrie Bourassa
Scientific Director
CIHR’s Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health


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