IDEaS Challenge - Moral Trauma on the Frontline: See, Prevent and Treat

IMPORTANT! In order to submit a proposal, ORS – on behalf of SFU as the Bidder- needs to request an “ePOST Conversation” from the funder before the application deadline. If you intend to apply and have not contacted ORS yet, please do so to ensure we have the ability to submit. Please also note that certification requirements (ethics, biohazard, etc) must be initiated at the time of application, not after funding decision is received for this particular opportunity.

As the larger pan-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, new areas of research are coming into focus examining how the pandemic is affecting Canadians. The latest IDEaS challenge brings a new element to light: moral injury. 

While the risk of moral injury is typically associated with warfare and conflict, evidence from the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic suggests otherwise. Healthcare workers and first responders are showing similar signs of having suffered extreme psychological, cognitive, and emotional responses, including guilt and shame as they make life and death decisions that on occasion go against their own moral beliefs and standards. This can leave them in a state of anxiety and distress on top of being overworked and overwhelmed.

IDeS has created this challenge to investigate new ways to identify, diagnose and treat the moral injuries left by providing care during this worldwide pandemic. 


Eligibility: Open to individuals, academia, not-for-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and provincial/territorial/municipal governments.

Funding: Phase 1 will receive up to $200,000 for a period of 6 months; Phase 2 recipients will recieve up to $1,000,000 for a period of 1 year.

Deadline: July 30, 2020 at 2 p.m. EST

Upcoming Deadlines

July 30, 2021July 30, 2021 *
July 27, 2021 Jul. 27, 2021 July 27, 2021 16:00:00 July 27, 2021 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: IDEaS Challenge - Moral Trauma on the Frontline: See, Prevent and Treat IDEaS has announced a new COVID-19 challenge to address "moral injury" and cutting edge prevention models and treatment strategies for healthcare workers and First Responders at the front lines of the current pandemic. Kindly see the following new opportunity for more information. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.