*Collaborative Health Research Projects(CHRP)
By Eileen Jessop, Portfolio Manager - Research Partnerships Programs
*AgendaGeneral InformationCHRP ProgramPrepare a winning proposal
* Federal S&T Structure
*NSERC Budget 2010-2011($1.080 billion)Administration($54M- 5%)People ($302.4M- 28%)Innovation ($324M- 30%)Discovery ($399.6M- 37%)
*2010-2011 RPP Budget($255.9M)Technology Transfer / CommercializationPrograms (14.3%)Industry-Driven Programs (40.7%)Strategic PartnershipsPrograms (45.0%)**includes Strategic Project Grants, Partnership Workshops Program, Strategic Networks, Collaborative Health Research Projects
*RPP ToolboxStrategic Partnerships(targets national priorities) Strategic ProjectsStrategic NetworksPartnerships Workshop Collaborative Health Research ProjectsIndustry-Driven(Industry participation)Collaborative R&DIndustrial Research ChairsChairs in Design EngineeringInteractionEngageTechnology Transfer/Commercialization Idea to Innovation College and Community InnovationInnovation Enhancement GrantsApplied Research and Development GrantsTechnology Access CentresApplied Research Tools and Instrument GrantsRegional Offices Bring perspectives and intelligence from across the country Forge linkages at local level Exercise more influence
*AgendaGeneral InformationCHRP Program Prepare a winning proposal
ObjectivesIn the context of improved health for Canadians, the objectives of the CHRP Program are to: Translate research results to knowledge/technology users and other stakeholders;Encourage the NSERC and CIHR research communities to collaborate and integrate their expertise; Advance interdisciplinary research that lead to knowledge and technologies that are useful for improving the health of Canadians; and Train highly qualified personnel in collaborative and interdisciplinary research relevant to health.
*Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP)Supports interdisciplinary researchRequires teams of natural scientists or engineers with health researchersSupports interdisciplinary training Requires an appropriate knowledge translation planNSERC and CIHR will fund direct costs of a 3-year project (students, post-docs, consumables, equipment)There must be significant involvement from a knowledge/technology user BUT a cash contribution is not required (new*)
Collaborative Health Research Projects
% changeNOIsFull applicationsFundedSuccess RateSuccess Rate
From IntentionFull Application
Percentage of rankings CHRP
4.0 or above14178581255171711
3.5 to 4.02624112227231622302539
3.0 to 3.52912151838291518223424
less than 3.04810291438191820312037
% recommended for funding34%30%46%32%42%39%42%47%44%45%
less than 3.0
3.0 to 3.5
3.5 to 4.0
4.0 or above
Percentage of rankings CHRP
Martinez,Lucia (mlu) on N12201:In the 2010 competition, applications that received pre-scores of 3.4 and below (from all 3 assigned readers) were triaged. In total 33 applications were triaged. As a result, applications that were triaged were added to the "less than 3.0" score.
*Changes to the CHRP ProgramChanges to the CHRP Program for the 2012 Competition (NOIs due May 1, 2011)The following program enhancements will come into effect:Additional program funding, for a base funding of $20.4 million over three years from NSERC and CIHR Applicants will be required to include a knowledge/technology user organization (non-academic partner such as industry, hospitals, health charities, etc.) in their proposalOngoing research projects will be eligible for fundingPriority Announcements or Special Calls for Proposals for research conducted in identified target priority areas for Canada may offer additional funding opportunities
*Over the three years from 2012-2015, there will be $25.275 million available in combined funding from NSERC and CIHR. Of this, $17.4 million ($5.8 million per year) is expected to be available for the open competition pool. Funds will also be available for projects in the following target areas:$ 900,000 is available to fund applications relevant to the Institute of Genetics in the area of Invention - Tools, Techniques and Devices$ 450,000 is available to fund applications relevant to ongoing and upcoming Institute of Infection and Immunity strategic initiatives in the areas of transplantation, antibiotic resistance and alternatives to antimicrobials, inflammation, microbiome, and auto-immunity$ 300,000 is available to fund applications relevant to the area of Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research through the Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction$ 225,000 is available to fund applications relevant to the Institute Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes in the area of Sodium Reduction in the Food Supply and Health.For the 2012 Competition (NOIs due May 1)
*Medical Devices (Diagnostic Imaging) with NRC$ 6 million over three years is available from NSERC and CIHR to fund applications relevant to the development and commercialization of specific Medical Diagnostic Imaging Technologies. In addition, the National Research Council (NRC) will contribute $3,000,000 in resources to support R&D conducted at the NRC Research Institutes. Magnetic Resonance; Photonics; or either of the above in combination with other technologies; e.g. MR-Positron Emission Tomography, or Photonic-Ultrasound.have industry participation in developing the proposal, serving as a potential receptor for the commercialization of the technology within 3 yearsbe large-scale (on the order of $1million per year).
For the 2012 Competition (NOIs due May 1)
*AgendaGeneral InformationCHRP ProgramPrepare a winning proposalAdministrative pointsEvaluation process
*TimelinesNotification of Intent to Apply (F182) due May 1, 2011Peer review of F182 during May/JuneInvitations sent in early JulyFull applications due October 1, 2011Full applications sent to external reviewers in November/DecemberCommittee evaluation in January 2012Final decision on funding in MarchResults sent in April 2012
*Must hold, or have a firm offer of, an eligible academic appointment at an eligible Canadian university, for:Adjunct Professors are not eligible as ApplicantsCo-applicants must be eligible by CIHR guidelinesCollege Faculty can be co-applicants (see NSERC Website for list of eligible colleges)
Eligibility of Applicants and Co-applicants
*Co-Applicant vs. Collaborator
Eligible to hold NSERC funds and is an essential member of the team.Not eligible to hold NSERC funds and should be contributing to intellectual direction of the project. Must be qualified to undertake research independently but bring their own funds to the project.Can be members of the research team (i.e. government scientists, company staff members, research scientists from other countries).
*Knowledge/Technology User OrganizationsA supporting organization must :Have a demonstrated interest in the project (letters of support, in-kind contributions)Be involved in all stages of the research (help to develop the proposal, interact with researchers and students, provide input to the project)Validate the results of the researchProvide guidance concerning exploitation of results
*Letter of Support- Key PointsOnly required for full applicationsSupport for and agreement with the proposalReasons for being involved in the proposed collaborationAnticipated benefits from project outcomesEffort required to exploit resultsAnticipated interaction of personnel with the UniversityContribution to the project
*Evaluation Process - NOIsNOIs are sent to two reviewers, normally experienced panel membersEach reviewer recommends NOI be invited, and gives a letter gradeNOIs highly rated by both are invited, aiming for a total of 120 invitationsFinal number of invitations decided by committee chairs and program staff
*Evaluation Process Full ApplicationsSent to external reviewers in November goal of 3 reviews per applicationCommittee meeting in January to determine final rankingFinal decisions based on available funds in MarchProjects are evaluated against four criteriaEach criterion is of equal weightSuccessful projects are strong in all 4 criteria
*Criterion #1 Knowledge TranslationKnowledge translation and knowledge user engagement The impact and potential for the translation of the research results into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services, and economic development must be demonstrated. This includes the knowledge translation plan, the demonstrated level of knowledge/technology user engagement in the project, the anticipated impact of the proposed research on the health of Canadians, the importance of the proposed health issue, and the significance to the health care sector.
*Criterion #2 ProjectQuality of the research project This includes the novel aspects and originality of the project, clarity and scope of objectives, methodology (including experimental design) and feasibility.
*Criterion #3 The TeamAppropriateness of the team and management, including the teams leadership and the integration of team members This includes the knowledge, expertise and experience of researchers; quality of, or potential for, contributions of the team members; complementarity and interdisciplinarity between the natural sciences or engineering and health sciences, and synergy of the team members expertise; appropriateness of the management of the project; co-ordination and integration of activities; contribution and time commitment of participants; and clarity of the roles and responsibilities.
*Criterion #4 TrainingContributions to the training of highly qualified personnel in interdisciplinary research and to providing trainees with an understanding of the impact of the collaborative research on human health This includes the quality and extent of past and proposed contributions to collaborative training in the health context within the proposed project (e.g., opportunity for trainees to spend time in different laboratories or settings), and the training environment.
*The project must:
Have well-defined objectives, scope and duration (1-3 years)Support exciting interdisciplinary researchHave an appropriate plan for knowledge translationHave one or more knowledge/technology user organizations actively involved in all stages of the project and can apply the resultsIn-kind contributions are required, but cash is not
*TipsStart early! Read carefully the program literature and the instructions. (see HFSP link in this years FAQ) Use the program criteria as headingsPay full attention to all aspects of the application, not just the research proposal (i.e. budget justification, in-kind contributions, relationship to other support).Make sure the partner is going to benefit actively from the research.Have a colleague critique the penultimate draft
*Signs of a Good ProposalAll sections are clear and well described: Clear summary, proposal easy to readRoles well defined (students, applicants )Interdisciplinary nature of the project clearly demonstratedGuidelines followed and requirements addressedStrong partner(s): Involvement from the start (writing of application) Clear expectations Good communicationOn-going interaction
*Specific questions on CHRP program should be directed to: