Women’s Heart and Brain Health Chair Awards

1. Description

Heart disease and stroke are a leading cause of death and disability among Canadian women. In fact, most Canadian women have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke – yet many women are not aware of this threat and do not know how to recognize the symptoms until it is too late. In comparison to non-Indigenous women, Indigenous women have a higher cardiovascular disease mortality rate. The Canadian Federal Budget 2016 provides for an investment of $5 million over five (5) years to Heart & Stroke to support with its partners, targeted research on women’s heart and brain health and to promote collaboration between research institutions across the country.
Through this initiative, Heart & Stroke, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health and Institute of Gender and Health, and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) will support up to four (4) investigators who demonstrate long-term commitment to women’s heart and brain health. Policies, programs and interventions that take into consideration the study of vulnerable populations and special populations are strongly encouraged. The Chairs are focused on Research Themes 3 (Health Services Research) and 4 (Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health Research).
Up to four grants are available, one each to support a single: 

i.  Chair in Indigenous Women’s Heart and Brain Health – (early career)

ii. Chair in Indigenous Women’s Heart and Brain Health  – (mid-career)

iii. Chair in Women’s Heart and Brain Health – (early career)

iv. Chair in Women’s Heart and Brain Health – (mid-career)

2. Funds Available
  • Heart & Stroke and its partners will support successful applications with a maximum of $150,000 /year for up to five (5) years to undertake a program of research. The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $3.375 million dollars enough to fund up to four (4) Chairs.
  • The maximum amount per grant is $150,000 per year for up to 5 years.
  • Funds may only be used to support research activities conducted in Canada and not as salary support for the principal investigator/applicant.
  • For applications to the early career Chair in Indigenous Women’s Heart and Brain Health, in the case of creation of a new position, an additional $75,000/year is available as a supplement to support the salary of the successful applicant.
  • The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) will contribute up to $50,000/year (for the duration of the award) in support to successful applications from New Brunswick based researchers.
  • The Heart & Stroke Quebec office will contribute up to $75,000/year in support (for the duration of the award) to successful applications from Quebec-based researchers.
  • In addition to the National Chair awards outlined, there will be an additional Quebec Chair offered to a Quebec researcher who qualifies through peer review and is supported by the Heart & Stroke Quebec office and potential partners.
3. Timelines
15 January 2018:                  
19 January 2018:                  
28 February 2018:               
27 April 2018 at 16:00 ET:     
June 2018:                             
01 July 2018:         
August 2018:   
Launch Date
Expression of Interest/Registration submission deadline
Full application submission deadline
Announcement of Funding Decisions
Funding Start Date

4. Mandate of the Chair

The mandate of each Chair is to generate new knowledge that improves awareness, prevention and understanding of how biology and socio-cultural factors affect women’s heart and brain health. The mandate of the Indigenous Chairs in particular will include barriers and external factors that can influence Indigenous women’s health in Canada.
The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:
  • To create new knowledge that advances understanding of women’s heart and stroke health.
  • To foster innovative, sex- and gender-sensitive approaches to diagnosis, access to high quality care and treatment of heart disease and stroke in women, especially within Indigenous communities.
  • To foster the translation of research knowledge into evidence-based policies and interventions that improves heart and brain health and promotes wellness of women.

To apply, please see the following documents: