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Catalyst Grant

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Application Deadline: 2022-11-15

Application Procedure

In 2016, the Government of Canada demonstrated its commitment to strengthen the participation by and engagement of youth in society by creating a youth secretariat and initiating broad engagement to better understand the experiences and perspectives of youth with diverse identities, abilities, backgrounds, cultures, and economic and language profiles in Canada. This resulted in the development of Canada’s Youth Policy, which emphasizes that providing youth with appropriate supports to achieve their full potential will benefit all Canadians, and identifies six priorities: Leadership and Impact; Health and Wellness; Innovation, Skills and Learning; Employment; Truth and Reconciliation; and Environment and Climate Action. Following the creation of the Youth Policy, the Government of Canada committed to publishing a “State of Youth Report” written for youth, with youth, by youth every four years to ensure that the voices, desires and expectations of young people with diverse identities, abilities, backgrounds, cultures, and economic and language profiles in Canada continue to be heard, recognized, and reflected in an authentic way in decision making.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) must be:
    1. An independent researcher affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution and/or its affiliated institutions (including hospitals, research institutes and other non-profit organizations with a mandate for health research);
      OR
    2. An individual affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research mandate;
      OR
    3. An Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research mandate.
  2. The NPA (individual) must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.
  3. The Institution Paid must be authorized to administer CIHR funds before the funding can be released (for more information see Administration of Funds).
  4. The NPA* must have successfully completed at least one of the sex and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and have submitted a Certificate of Completion (see How to Apply).
    *Organizations as NPAs: For organizations applying as the NPA, a representative of the organization must complete the training module on the organization’s behalf.
  5. At least one member of the research team, either the a Principal Applicant (PA) or a Principal Knowledge User (PKU), must be a youth voice representative (e.g., a youth with relevant experience, a representative from a youth-focused organization, etc.) 18 years of age or older.
  6. An Early Career Researcher (ECR) must be identified as either the NPA or a PA.
  7. For applications to be considered eligible for the 2SLGBTQI+ Youth research area, at least one member of the research team in a Principal role (i.e., NPA, PA or PKU) must provide evidence of meaningful involvement with S2LGBTQI+ youth (see How to Apply).
  8. For applications involving research with Indigenous Peoples but not applying to the Indigenous Youth research area, at least one member of the research team in a Principal role (i.e. NPA, PA or PKU) must self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or provide evidence of meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples (see How to Apply section).
  9. For applications to be considered eligible for the Indigenous Youth research area:
    1. The NPA must self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) or provide evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples (see How to Apply section); and
    2. The applicant team must include an Indigenous Elder and/or an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, identified in any role.
    3. The youth voice representative must self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis) or provide evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples (see How to Apply section).

Benefits

  • Support the growth of emerging research foci and priorities that have the potential to advance the health and wellness of youth in Canada;
  • Support the development of collaboration, both within the research community as well as with knowledge users, policy makers, youth, and other key partners, that will enhance interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches to research and knowledge mobilization; and
  • Build capacity, both in terms of the researcher career pathway, and the engagement of youth throughout the research process to enhance youth health research.

Application Procedure

  1. Extent to which the research project responds to the objectives of the funding opportunity.
  2. Strength, feasibility and appropriateness of the proposed research design and methodology (including recruitment, project timeline, preliminary data where appropriate, etc.).
  3. Strength of the approach to meaningfully incorporate youth and the youth perspective throughout the research project (i.e., formulating the research idea, engaging in the research, evaluating the results, and disseminating the findings).
  4. Quality and appropriateness of integration of sex, gender and other intersecting aspects of diversity throughout the proposal, including study rationale, experimental design, methods, analysis, as well as data interpretation and/or reporting. 
  5. Quality of the proposed plan to include consideration of specific populations (e.g., ethnicity, socioeconomic status, minorities such as official language minority populations), if applicable.
  6. The extent to which the proposed research is grounded in or engaged with relevant youth communities (i.e., 2SLGBTQI+, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, etc.) or individuals and their experiences, as appropriate for the funding pool(s) for which they are being considered.
  7. For research projects involving First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous Peoples:
  8. The extent to which the rights of Indigenous Peoples to self-determination and self-governance (for example by applying  the First Nations Principles of OCAP® 1 (i.e., Ownership, Control, Access and Possession), or the CARE Principles (Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, Ethics) for Indigenous Data Governance, and/or employing a distinctions-based (i.e., First Nations, Inuit, Métis, or Urban Indigenous community) approach) will be respected. Extent of the role(s) and contribution(s) of all applicant partner(s) in advancing research objectives (if applicable).
  9. Proactive and meaningful consideration of partnership risks, including the extent of real and/or perceived conflict of interest and appropriateness of its management and mitigation (if applicable).

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