Notice of Upcoming Funding Opportunity: Evaluation of Programs, Services and Innovative Models of Care for People Impacted by Dementia

This funding opportunity is now available on ResearchNet.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the Implementation Science Teams Funding Opportunity, as a part of the Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment in Aging (BHCIA) Research Initiative, in collaboration with confirmed partners: The Azrieli Foundation, including the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence (CCCE) and the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research.


CIHR received an investment of $20M through Budget 2022, facilitating the launch of the BHCIA Research Initiative, to study the brain as it ages and help identify what can be done to reduce the risks of dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment and improving the care and services for those impacted by cognitive impairment in aging and dementia.

The objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

This funding opportunity will support applications relevant to the objectives in two streams: 1) people with cognitive impairment in aging, including dementia, or 2) care partners of people affected by cognitive impairment in aging, including dementia.

Up to 12 teams will be funded, including up to two in a pool for Indigenous health research and up to two in a pool for historically excluded populations. The Azrieli Foundation, including the CCCE, will fund up to two projects related to caregivers and care providers and aging with neurodiversity.


CIHR will be hosting webinar(s) to inform participants about the requirements of this funding opportunity and to answer questions. To find out more information and to register, visit the Webinars page.

Partner Linkage Tool

CIHR is providing a Partner Linkage Tool that is intended to facilitate connections between researchers and knowledge users, including people with lived/living experience, should there be interest. This is not a mandatory tool. Information is provided on a volunteer basis and does not confer any advantages in the evaluation and funding of applications. The table will be updated weekly until the application deadline. If you would like to use this tool, please complete a short survey. The information you provide will appear on CIHR’s website. Please note that potential applicants are not required to use the linkage tool or contact those who have submitted their information.

Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $9.0M, to fund up to 12 Implementation Science Teams. The maximum amount per grant is $250,000 per year over three (3) years, for a total of $750,000 per grant. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate.

Anticipated Timelines

These timelines are estimates and subject to change

Webinar: August 2023
Launch: August 2023
Registration Deadline: November 2023
Application Deadline: December 2023
Notice of Decision: June 2024
Funding Start Date: April 2024

The official CIHR funding opportunity will be posted on ResearchNet in the coming weeks.

For a full list of CIHR funding opportunities, please visit ResearchNet.

Contact information

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Disclaimer: The information contained herein is anticipatory only and does not represent an official funding commitment by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Accordingly, the information, contained herein may differ from the official funding opportunity that will be published on ResearchNet

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