The Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) initiative is a high profile, high priority multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral initiative located at McGill University made possible with support from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The HBHL Strategic Research Plan outlines the vision, deliverables, and overall goals of the initiative, and the research priorities of its four research themes. HBHL’s Knowledge Mobilisation Program will support projects that facilitate and accelerate the integration of neuroscience advancements into policies or public awareness activities aligned with HBHL’s vision to reduce the human and socio-economic burden of psychiatric and neurological illnesses, and improve the mental health, quality of life, and productivity of Canadians and people around the world.
The project must:
- Lead to the development of policy, public awareness, or public outreach in clinical and other settings aligned with HBHL's goals and research priorities;
- Advance HBHL deliverables, in particular the Canadian Framework for Brain Health, which aims to develop and disseminate best practices for brain health that will impact clinical care, community practice, and policy development, in collaboration with university, government, industry and community partners;
- Advance the development, translation, mobilization and/or policy use of HBHL-funded and related research to improve the lives of Canadians and accelerate Canadian innovation, productivity and economic competitiveness;
- Promulgate open science and data sharing principles;
- Promote clinical, health services, and policy translation of HBHL knowledge to address health needs of global communities.
- McGill University Applicant: The Applicant must be a McGill faculty member who is eligible to hold Tri-Council research funding. A McGill researcher may submit only one (1) application per competition as an Applicant, but may be a Co-Applicant on other applications. There can only be one Applicant per application.
- Co-Applicants: Teams involving Co-Applicants from McGill University or our CFREF partner institutions (Western University, Université de Montréal or University of British Columbia) are encouraged. These will be faculty members who are eligible to hold Tri-Council research funding.
- Collaborators or Other Partners: We also encourage participation from collaborators from non-partner institutions, industrial partners, or foundations. Such partners can provide letters of support to describe their participation in the project. However, CFREF funds may NOT be transferred to non-partner institutions, industrial partners, or foundations.
- CFREF funds may be transferred only to Applicants or Co-Applicants from McGill University, or Co-Applicants from eligible partner institutions (Western, UdeM, UBC).
- Amount per project: Two streams: 1) up to $20,000 for workshops; 2) up to $100,000 for larger projects for up to 1 year. However, larger projects of more than 1-year duration may also be exceptionally considered.
- Eligible expenses include direct costs, such as salary and benefits for research personnel, supplies, travel, small equipment, workshops, computers, and services. All expenses must adhere to guidelines in the CFREF Administration Guide.
- Program launch: March 6, 2018
- Application Deadline: Projects may be submitted anytime, but will be evaluated quarterly.
Applicants must submit using HBHL's on-line application form. For any questions, contact the HBHL administration office (HBHL [at] mcgill.ca). Applicants will be notified by Email of the successful submission of their application. It is strongly recommended to submit applications for supporting conferences and workshops at least three months prior to the event date.
- Contribution to HBHL deliverables (20%): Does the project make major advances pertaining to HBHL deliverables, in particular a Canadian Framework for Brain Health, which aims to develop and disseminate best practices for brain health that will impact clinical care, community practice, and policy development, in collaboration with university, government, industry and community partners? Is the project closely aligned with the research priorities of one or more of the HBHL research themes?
- Proposed activities (50%): Is the rationale for the proposed activities well elaborated? Are the objectives of the proposed activities clear and attainable? Do the proposed activities advance the development, translation, mobilization and/or policy use of HBHL-funded and related research to improve the lives of Canadians and accelerate Canadian innovation, productivity and economic competitiveness? Will the project lead to the development of policy or public awareness aligned with HBHL's goals and research priorities? Does the project promulgate open science and data sharing principles? Is there a clear and feasible implementation plan (e.g. activities, timeliness, and milestones)? Are the anticipated benefits well elaborated? Who will benefit from the proposed activities? Is the need for HBHL funding well explained?
- Leadership and/or team (20%): Is the leadership qualified to manage and deliver the proposed objectives? Is there a commitment to tracking milestones and deliverables linked with the project and providing all relevant information back to HBHL administration for reporting purposes? Are appropriate partnerships set up that define partner roles and cash or in-kind contributions?
- Proposed expenses (10%): Do the expenditures appear reasonable and appropriate for the proposed activities? Do all the expenses adhere to guidelines in the CFREF Administration Guide?
All applications will be reviewed for completeness. All projects will be evaluated according to the evaluation criteria. Projects of $20,000 or less will be evaluated by the HBHL Management. Projects over $20,000 will be evaluated on a quarterly basis by an independent peer review committee under the direction of the HBHL Research Management Committee. Applications with the highest normalized scores will be offered an award. The total number of awards will be dependent on the individual project budgets and the available funds.
- All applicants will be notified by Email of the results of their application.
- Successful applicants will be sent a Notice of Award. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to complete the Acceptance of Award form and the OSR checklist by the indicated date.
- Successful applicants and co-applicants will be expected to participate in HBHL’s college of reviewers, and to provide an annual progress report and project tracking data in a timely fashion for HBHL’s annual report to CFREF.