The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are jointly funding a national Healthy Cities Research Training Platform (HCRTP) to develop an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral training initiative that will generate cutting-edge knowledge and build capacity for implementation science and solutions-based research.

 This funding opportunity will support a team in designing and delivering a national research training initiative focused on how to create, implement, and scale innovative, solution-based interventions in a variety of urban contexts focused on promoting healthy, resilient, sustainable and equitable cities. Accomplishing this goal will require experts from diverse disciplines including public health, epidemiology, economics, sociology, law, ethics, engineering, environmental science and urban planning, which is why partnership across the three research funding agencies is essential.  

 The application process for the HCRTP will consist of a Letter of Intent (LOI) stage, where up to six successful applicants will receive developmental grants, and a Full Application stage where one application will receive the full grant. The HCRTP is a major component of the CIHR Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI).

Up to $25K in development funds if invited to Full Application stage

$4.95M over 6 years

Application Procedure

Phase 1: Letter of Intent – Due December 10, 2019

Phase 2: Full Application (by invitation only) – Due August 27, 20 


In support of this funding opportunity, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC will be holding a webinar to provide more information on the scope of the training platform and the application process.

 The English webinar will be held on Monday, September 23, 2019, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT.

The French webinar will be held on Friday, September 26, 2019, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT.

Applicants must register to participate.

York University Internal Process

All researchers planning to submit an application to the HCRTP program (Phase 1: Letter of Intent) are required to submit an internal Notice of Intent (iNOI). The iNOIs will be reviewed by the Strategic Project and Opportunity Review Team (SPORT), which will provide feedback to applicants.

Applicants must notify their Faculty and the Office of Research Services (Diana Frasca – as soon as possible about their intention to apply. 


The iNOIs are due in early November, and to be e-mailed to Diana Frasca – (, and include the following components:

·        Research Proposal (up to a maximum of 3 pages, not including references). The Research Proposal should clearly outline each of the elements presented in the Letter of Intent evaluation criteria section.

To support the strategic objectives of this funding opportunity, at the LOI stage, the following evaluation criteria will be used:

1.      Vision and strategic framework: the three co-leads clearly articulate a vision for what the training initiative will achieve and a high-level strategic framework for achieving this vision.

2.      Leadership team and capacity: the three co-leads represent all three Agency’s (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) thematic areas and demonstrate their capacity to lead and deliver a national, pan-Canadian, Tri-Agency training initiative (evidence of experience in training, partnerships with national, provincial and local research or implementation partners etc.).

3.      Experience in implementation science and solution-based research: the three co-leads have demonstrated experience in planning, implementing and evaluating innovative, solution-based interventions in a variety of urban contexts.

4.      Equity, diversity, and inclusion: Appropriate considerations related to equity, diversity and inclusion in the research, training, and knowledge translation activities.

5.      Gender and sex considerations: Appropriate incorporation and justification of sex as a biological variable and/or gender as a social determinant of health where applicable.

6.      Research themes: Challenges to be addressed are associated with healthy cities research priorities.

·        A CIHR Academic CV for the Nominated Principal Applicant

·        Participant Table:

o   In table format, list all participants (including Collaborators) with the type of participant (e.g. Nominated Principal Applicant, Principal Applicant, Knowledge User, Co-applicants, Collaborators, etc.), their affiliations, region, role (e.g. co-lead, application partner) and expertise (the list need not be final at the Letter of Intent stage).

See website and below for details on what to include.


Stage 1: Letter of Intent

  • iNOI Submission to ORS: Early November 2019 (date TBA)
  • SPORT Committee Feedback: Mid November 2019
  • ORS Deadline for Draft of Completed Letter of Intent: November 28, 2019
  • ORS Deadline for Completed Letter of Intent and ORS Checklist: December 9, 2019
  • CIHR Letter of Intent Deadline: December 10, 2019
  • CIHR anticipated notice of decision: January 31, 2020

Stage 2: Full Application (to be confirmed)

  • ORS Deadline for Complete Application for SPORT Review: Early July 2020
  • SPORT Committee Feedback: Mid to Late July 2020
  • ORS Deadline for Draft 2 of Completed Application: August 12, 2020
  • ORS Deadline for Final Application and ORS Checklist: August 26, 2020
  • CIHR Application Deadline: August 27, 2020
  • CIHR Results: November 29, 2020

All applications for external research funding must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency. The application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Application Checklist. To ensure that the approved application is ready by the agency deadline, a complete application package must be submitted to ORS ten (10) working days prior to the final submission date