How would you like your planning and health team to go on a five day workshop to a major European city championing health policy and then do a workshop and event about what you learned with your team once you are back?
Here’s one of those rare “dream” grants that has just opened up for applications. The Healthy City Research Initiative (HCRI) s a major initiative led by the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) in collaboration with the Institute of Aging (IA), Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH), Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), and Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD).
This initiative seeks to deepen Canada’s scientific leadership in planning, designing and building healthy cities. Achieving the goal of leadership in the science of healthy cities requires partnership across many sectors and all levels of government.
The purpose of these grants is to get collaboration between city leaders and researchers and “co-development” of activities related to implementing and evaluating interventions in urban settings that would improve health and wellbeing.
The goal of this funding opportunity is to facilitate the design of implementation research projects that could be funded in the future through CIHR’s Project Grant Competition, future HCRI funding opportunities, or opportunities from other funders.
Want to apply? You will need four city leaders and one researcher willing to participate in a five day workshop in 2023 in Copenhagen. You will learn from that city’s work what could inspire change in your own city.
The required workshop will explore the connection between improved health outcomes and well-designed, maintained and programmed parks, streets, bike lanes, schoolyards, plazas and other public spaces. It will also emphasize opportunities for using data and research to continually monitor and improve infrastructure to meet the needs of people of all ages, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Four grants will be available. Applications are open now and close January 5, 2023.