New Initiatives Program

COMPETITION 2023-2024

Deadline to submit your project: Extension: Tuesday, March 12, 2024, before 4 p.m.  | WEDNESDAY, February 15, 2024 – BEFORE 4 p.m.

 

The objective of this competition is to award a grant that will encourage the formulation of a project, either for drafting a research protocol on an original problem or for the start-up of a new research team working on an original problem. In either case, the problem studied must emerge from a clinical setting and/or have a direct impact on the clinical setting. In addition, it is important to demonstrate how the grant received will support your future research.

The grant is not intended to support an already-formulated research project. However, part of the grant can be used to collect pilot data essential to a future research project or request for funds.

Multi-site applications (i.e., research activities involving more than one CRIR research site) or inter-axis projects will be favoured.

  • FUNDING: The maximum amount is $10,000 per projet, for a period of 18 months, following the granting of funds.

 

This year, in addition to the projects funded by CRIR, the New initiatives budget will be enhanced by the contribution of the Habilitas Foundation and the CIUSSS West-Central-Montreal (CCOMTL), who will support projects specifically addressing the needs of youth and young adults aged 21-35, from among the projects that meet the criteria of the New Initiatives 2023-2024 program.

Please note that the overall competition is open to all rehabilitation topics and clientele.

Many thanks to the Habilitas Foundation and the CCOMTL for supporting clinical research!

 


Conditions for applying

1. The application must include at least three individuals, including at least one regular CRIR researcher and one clinician/health care professional who works at one of the CRIR sites. CRIR Researcher membership status must be in order before submitting the application*. Clinicians who are not currently CRIR members will be asked to become a member if the project is successful.

  • Only CVs of persons who are not CRIR members must accompany the application.
  • Researchers may submit more than one application as Principal Investigator.
    • However, for projects of equal quality, projects from principal investigators who do not have an active New Initiative grant will be given priority.
  • In order to maximize the impact of the funded projects, the team could be accompanied by a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) or by the CRIR’s Coordinator for Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization, as needed, from the beginning to the end of the project. If relevant, the application may include a description of the expected role of the CRC or the CRIR’s Coordinator for Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization.

* To maintain your admissibility to CRIR financial support programs, it is important to send all outstanding New Initiative Activity and Financial reports or requests for extension before submitting your new funding application. To ensure that your researcher status is in good standing, please contact Sabine Leunens at sleunens.crir@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

2. The authorized individual from the relevant clinical setting must submit a letter (Word or e-mail format) with the grant application. This letter must demonstrate the relevance and impact of the project on the clinical setting and specify the nature of the institutional contribution (in-kind or cash) if applicable. A respectful collaboration requires time, please do not approach CRCs and the clinical units at the last minute.

3. The proposed budget must cover the costs necessary to carry out the research project. The grant is subject to the Common General Rules of the Fonds de recherche du Québec. For example, costs related to the hiring of research personnel (technician, research assistant, coordinator, student, etc.), research equipment, dissemination and knowledge transfer are eligible. The budget must be justified.

4. The New Initiatives program is designed to provide start-up grants. As such, applicants must present how the grant will help develop a research project to the point where external funding can be obtained and/or may lead to another larger project.

5. Researchers and clinicians must mention CRIR in all presentations or publications linked to the project.

6. An activity report (maximum 2 pages and may include photos, videos and/or testimonials) and a financial reports must be sent to CRIR 6 months following the end of the funding period, i.e. 24 months after receipt of the award letter using the Activities and Financial Report Form available on the CRIR website.

 

Special conditions – projects funded by the Habilitas Foundation and the CCOMTL

Among the projects meeting these criteria, the Habilitas Foundation and CCOMTL will fund projects:

  • In which at least one of the research members is affiliated with the CCOMTL, and which will take place at least in part at one of the CCOMTL sites;
  • Specifically targeting the needs of youth and young adults between the ages of 21-35.

Regarding the granting of funds:

  • Funds will be deposited in an account to be set up at CCOMTL, in the name of the project’s principal investigator.

Regarding acknowledgements in dissemination activities:

  • In addition to CRIR and the partner institution, the research team will be required to mention the Habilitas Foundation and the CCOMTL and to incorporate their logos in any presentation or publication related to the project.

Special considerations will also apply to monitoring and reporting:

 


Instructions for writing the application


 

1. Project description

Applicants must submit a written project description* of maximum 4 pages, excluding appendices (margins: 2cm; spacing: simple; font: Times New Roman 12 or Arial 11). Note: A maximum of 4.5 pages is allowed for applications written in French.

The project should clearly describe:

  • Background and Rationale
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Expected benefits for the clinical setting and research (also describe how this funding will lead to other grant applications)
  • Contribution and role of each member (indicate, if relevant, the expected role of the CRC or of the CRIR’s Coordinator for Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization)
  • Multisite and/or inter-axis component (Indicate how the project involves multiple CRIR sites and/or axes; or, if not possible or not beneficial for the project, provide a brief justification)
  • Feasibility of the proposed project and timeline
  • Knowledge mobilization plan

 

2. Appendices:

  • Detailed budget (including partners’ contributions, if relevant); budget justification and references.
  • Letter(s)* from the authorized person(s) in the relevant clinical setting(s).

*The authorized person(s) from the relevant clinical setting must submit a letter (Word or e-mail format) with the grant application. This letter should clearly illustrate the clinical needs, must demonstrate the relevance and impact of the project on the clinical setting (i.e. how the clinicians will use the research results), and should specify the nature of the institutional contribution (in-kind or cash) if applicable.

Attach the project description and appendices in a single PDF.


3. Curriculum vitae

  • CVs of persons who are not CRIR members (including the clinician/health care professional, if not a CRIR member).

Insert all resumes in a single PDF.

 

4. Equity – Diversity – Inclusion (EDI)

  • Indicate how you have incorporated EDI into your project

Maximum 150 words – in text box submission form.

 

Note :

 

PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION USING THE ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM here:

  • The deadline for receipt of projects is EXTEND UNTIL TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2024, BEFORE 4 P.M. | February 15, 2024, 4:00 p.m.
  • All themes will be considered

Click this button to open the online form

 

Any questions? Contact Claudia Bojanowski at partanariat.crir@ssss.gouv.qc.ca.



 

Activities and Financial Report Form

An activity report (maximum 2 pages and may include photos, videos and/or testimonials) and a financial reports must be sent to CRIR 6 months following the end of the funding period, i.e. 24 months after receipt of the award letter using the Activities and Financial Report Form available on the CRIR website.

Activities and Financial Report Form

 

Funded projects