Catalyst Grant : Analysis of CLSA Data

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a large, national, long-term study/platform that will follow approximately 50,000 men and women between the ages of 45 and 85 at study inclusion for at least 20 years. The CLSA collects information on the changing biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic aspects of people’s lives. These factors can be studied in order to understand how, individually and in combination, they have an impact in both maintaining health and in the development of disease and disability as people age. The ultimate aim of the CLSA is to find ways to improve the health of Canadians by better understanding the aging process and the factors that shape the way we age.

Canadian Longitudinal Study in Aging (CLSA) Data

The CLSA expects to have newly available data for analysis for this competition including the following:


  • Environmental Data:
    • Air Quality, Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5 v3, data are available, new version), Smoke Exposure (PM2.5), Air Pollution Index, Neighborhood Noise, Canadian Marginalization Index, Climate Metrics, Local Climate Zone Ultraviolet
    • Indigenous Identifiers

Follow Up1

  • Cognition normative data:
    • Cognitive norms and cognitive impairment indicators, Reliable change indicators (RCIs), Robust cognitive norms, Change in Cognitive Impairment from Baseline to First Follow-up
    • Sample weights
    • Medications

Follow Up2

  • Physical Assessments:
    • Standing Balance TUG, 4mWalk, Blood Pressure, Spirometry, Chair Rise, ECG, Grip Strength, Hearing, Hips Waist, Sitting Height, Tonometer, Vision Acuity, Digit Triple Test
    • Cognition:



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

  1. The Nominated Principal Applicant must be an independent researcher affiliated with Canadian postsecondary institution and/or its affiliated institutions (including hospitals, research institutes and other non-profit organizations with a mandate for health research and/or knowledge translation).
  2. The Nominated Principal Applicant must have their substantive role in Canada for the duration of the requested grant term.
  3. At the application stage, the Nominated Principal Applicant 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.
  4. Researchers who propose to use additional data sets to the CLSA will have to demonstrate that the data they want to use will be available and accessible at the time of the application.


Funding available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $785,000, enough to fund approximately 11 grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per grant is $70,000 for up to one year.


Key Deadlines

The registration deadline for the 2023 CLSA catalyst grant funding opportunity is September 19, 2023. The full application deadline is October 19, 2023.


More details on the funds available, eligibility and guidelines can be found on ResearchNet.

SFU signature sheet, routing slip and copy of full application are due to no later than 3 business days before agency deadline.

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