Training Grant: Clinical Trials Training Platforms

The CTF will support research and researchers across the country to conduct the full spectrum of clinical trials including the development and testing of new drugs, treatments, and public health and health system interventions to prevent, detect, treat, or manage various diseases or medical conditions.

Funds Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is up to $25,500,000 over three (3) years, i.e., up to $8,500,000 per year. The number of training platforms funded will depend on the requested budgets and peer review recommendations. It is expected that amounts requested will vary based on the specific needs of each platform.

Eligibility

For an application to be eligible, all the requirements stated below must be met:

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) who will act as the platform leader must be:
    1. an independent researcher or a knowledge user affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution and/or its affiliated institutions at the time of funding;
      1. If the Nominated Principal Applicant is a knowledge user, there must be at least one Principal Applicant who is an independent researcher.

      OR

    2. an individual affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate;

      OR

    3. an Indigenous non-governmental organization in Canada with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate.
  2. The NPA 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 funds can be released.  
  4. The NPA must have successfully completed one of the sex- and gender-based analysis training modules available online through the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and submit a Certificate of Completion.
  5. In addition to the NPA, at least four other members identified as Canadian-based Principal Applicants (PAs) must be included. Additional PAs may be included.
  6. Collectively NPA and PAs must:
    1. Be affiliated with at least four different institutions/organizations;
    2. Be based in a minimum of four provinces and/or territories;
    3. Include a minimum of two Canadian-based ECRs.
  7. The proposed training platform must:
    1. Identify at least five mentors representing different institutions/organizations, disciplines, jurisdictions, sectors and career stages.
      • These mentors can include the NPA and PAs.
      • All other mentors must be listed as Co-Applicants.
      • There must be a minimum of one ECR and one Knowledge user identified as mentors.
    2. Be led by an interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral applicant team (NPA, PAs, or Co-Applicants).
    3. Identify one member who serves the function of an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Champion with expertise in sound EDI practices and principles, and to ensure that EDI considerations are integrated across all components and activities of the platform.
      • The EDI Champion can be a mentor.
      • If not a mentor, the EDI Champion must be listed as a Co-Applicant.

How to Apply

  • The application process for this funding opportunity is comprised of two steps: Registration and Full Application

Please note that the mandatory application materials include:

  • Letters of Support (mandatory):
    • The NPA and at least two PA’s who collectively satisfy Eligibility criteria 1-5 are required to submit Letters of Support from appropriate officials of the host institution(s) and partner institution(s)/organization(s) that describe the details of their support for the training platform (please see note, below).
    • The Dean of Medicine, or other Dean/equivalent responsible at the institutions involved in the platform for training of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and/or medical residents and fellows, must provide a letter of support, 
    • A letter of support must be submitted for five mentors; the mentors submitting these attachments are required to collectively satisfy all Eligibility criteria. The letter must come from their institution/organization and attest to how their mentorship attributes will enable the delivery of the proposed training platform. Mentors from the same institution/organization are expected to have separate letters. 
      Note: Additional mentors should still be listed as Co-Applicants (if applicable) in the Task: Identify Participants, and do not require a letter of support.
  • Letters of Collaboration (mandatory):
    • Written commitment from the heads of all partnering institutions and/or organizations to co-create a training platform aligned with the objectives. Note: Partnering institutions/organizations must be from a minimum of four provinces and/or territories.
    • For Indigenous organizations, a description of the organization mandate must be attached as a Personal CV (maximum two pages in English, and two and a half in French) and must include a description of how the organization meets the eligibility requirement of being an Indigenous community, group or organization with a research or knowledge translation mandate.

Other â€“ upload the following documents under "Other":

  • EDI Champion Written Statement (mandatory) - The EDI Champion must provide a one-page written statement describing how their lived experiences, work experience, and any formal and informal training has provided them with the relevant expertise to undertake the role of EDI Champion for the proposed platform.
  • Certificate of Completion for the sex- and gender-based analysis training module for the NPA – label as "SGBA Certificate – Name" (mandatory)

DEADLINES:

Registration: May 31, 2022

Full Application: July 12, 2022

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Institutional Letter of Support

This program requires an institutional letter of support signed by a senior official (VP-level or designate) at SFU. Please send a completed request form to isa@sfu.ca at least 3 weeks before the letter is required to ensure provision of a high quality, signed letter. More information on institutional contributions and letters is available on the Institutional Support page.

SFU Signature Sheet, CIHR Routing Slip and Full Application are due to ORS 3 business days before the application deadline. Please note that the CIHR Routing Slip must be signed by ORS and uploaded to the portal as part of the application package. 

Upcoming Deadlines

External
Internal
July 12, 2022July 12, 2022 Verified Date
July 07, 2022 Jul. 07, 2022 July 07, 2022 16:00:00 July 07, 2022 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Training Grant: Clinical Trials Training Platforms The 2021 Federal Budget announced funding for CIHR's Clinical Trials Fund (CTF), an integral component of Canada's Biomanufacturing and Life Sciences Strategy (BLSS). In support of this, the CTF will provide funding through three specific vehicles: platforms with the development of a pan-Canadian Clinical Trials Consortium; people with the funding of training platforms; and, projects through the funding of a broad spectrum of clinical trial initiatives. The CTF will support research and researchers across the country to conduct the full spectrum of clinical trials including the development and testing of new drugs, treatments, and public health and health system interventions to prevent, detect, treat, or manage various diseases or medical conditions. .

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