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Dear Researchers,

CIHR has recently launched a funding opportunity: Understanding and mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, youth and families in Canada.
This funding opportunity is one of CIHR’s activities in response to the UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery, and to the acceleration agenda shared within the Inspiring Healthy Futures: A Vision for Canada’s Children, Youth and Families.

It focuses on a gap in research on the impacts of both the co-occurring stressful and traumatic events that stem from the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the restrictions related to associated public health mitigation measures on the health and well-being of families (including single parent families, families of working mothers and same-sex couples, and multi-generational families), children and youth (boys, girls and non-binary or gender diverse youth) in Canada. Both risks and benefits of settings (i.e., virtual and other models of remote delivery, hybrid, in person), as well as impacts of differing durations of measures such as closures, are of interest.

Value: The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $3,455,000. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per grant is $150,000 for one (1) year.

CIHR Deadline: July 27, 2021 @ 8pm EST

Note: Internal Peer Review (IPR) is required for this submission. 

How to Apply: Follow the instructions in Grants – Application Guidelines, along with any additional instructions found below under “Specific Instructions” in the funding opportunity.

The specific objective of this funding opportunity is to:
• Improve our understanding of, response to, and recovery from co-occurring stressful and traumatic events that stem from the current COVID-19 pandemic, and/or the impacts of restrictions related to associated public health mitigation measures, with respect to children, youth and families in Canada, by addressing one (1) or more of the following four (4) items through research that takes an integrated knowledge mobilization approach to:
• Enhance understanding of the nature and breadth of the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on children, youth and families, including factors that are protective or exacerbate these impacts;
• Accelerate the availability and use of high-quality and real-time evidence regarding the identification and mobilization of practices that have supported the adaptation of existing programs and the development of new programs that support the health and well-being of children, youth and families in Canada; and,
• Generate evidence related to diverse population(s), including for instance: equity considerations, health and well-being status (e.g., historically excluded or underserved populations, individuals with complex health needs and/or a disability), sex and gender, and/or racialized or First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Urban Indigenous populations.
• Identify populations at the highest and high risk for negative outcomes, factors that are associated with this increased greater risk, as well as any factors that have been found to be protective and/or enhance resilience.

In addition, researchers are encouraged to:
• Leverage existing cohorts/samples/health administrative, educational, surveillance and other data sets, by using existing data and/or collecting additional measures as necessary.
• Consider the variety of data sources (including single or multi-jurisdictional) that may be accessed to inform study designs, and how these data sources can be enhanced and/or combined in their analyses.
• Consider how to disentangle the contributions of different sources of stress, including stressful and traumatic events, changes in family or community economic and/or social impacts (including any food or housing insecurity/instability, violence in the home), and disruptions resulting from restrictions in service and care delivery.