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The voices of older Canadians living with frailty represented in priority setting

Citizen-established Frailty Priorities

2018 Catalyst Grant Competition

The PRE-APPLICATION INTENT TO APPLY stage of this competition is now closed. Only those that submitted Intent to Apply by the deadline of January 15, 2018 at 5 pm ET are eligible to submit full applications (due February 26, 2018 by 5 pm ET).

This Catalyst Grant competition is based on the findings of the CFN-funded Canadian Frailty Priority Setting Partnership study.  This recently completed study used the James Lind Alliance (JLA) process to establish the top 10 citizen-identified frailty priorities for investigation.

This Catalyst Grant competition will fund submissions that directly address one or more of these top 10 priorities through either research, knowledge translation or quality improvement studies.

  1. How can health systems be organized to provide integrated/coordinated care that would better meet the health and social care needs of older adults living with frailty, and their family/caregivers?
  2. How can care, services and treatments be tailored to meet the needs of older adults living with frailty who are isolated and/or without family/caregiver support or advocates?
  3. What is the impact of community- and home-based services, programs and resources in preventing and managing frailty (including slowing progression and/or minimizing the impact of frailty)?
  4. What are the costs and benefits of alternative models of housing, including multigenerational or shared living, for older adults living with frailty?
  5. What would help avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency department visits for older adults living with frailty?
  6. What frailty-related attitudes, skills and knowledge should health and social care providers have? What are effective ways of improving attitudes and providing skills and knowledge about frailty for health and social care providers?
  7. What would help older adults living with frailty and their family/caregivers recognize when living at home is no longer viable?
  8. What are effective ways of supporting family/caregivers of older adults living with frailty to maintain their own health and wellbeing and/or that of older adults living with frailty?
  9. How can frailty measures be used by health care practitioners, older adults and family/caregivers to inform treatment and care decisions?
  10. What is the impact of exercise and physical activity (including type, duration and intensity) in preventing and managing frailty (including slowing progression and/or minimizing the impact of frailty)?

The competition is presented in collaboration with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF).



Applicants must hold an academic or research appointment at a CFN network member institution, and must also be eligible to receive grant funding from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC. Individuals from any discipline are encouraged to apply.

This Catalyst Grant Program supports scalable implementation studies, feasibility studies, translational studies or quality improvement studies that investigate novel and innovative approaches, methodologies and/or technologies, including social innovations and novel approaches to policy change.

Studies must focus on older Canadians living with frailty and/or their families and caregivers and protocols must include frailty assessment of all study participants using a published and validated frailty assessment instrument appropriate for the care setting.  

Project Team Requirements

Project teams must  be multi-sectoral, multi-institutional  and multidiscplinary. In addition to researchers, partners and knowledge users, project teams must meaningfully engage older adults and their family/friend caregivers in all aspects of the project/process. There are also specific requirements regarding the development of highly qualified personnel (HQP). 


Projects with multidisciplinary, multi-institutional teams will be funded for up to 16 months and to a maximum of $100,000. Proposals must include partners who have committed cash or eligible in-kind contributions on a 1:1 basis to CFN funding. To be clear, as an example, if you request $100,000 from CFN you will need to secure an additional minimum $100,000 in partner cash or in-kind contributions. 

Total budget for this competition is $650,000. This is in addition to the funds allocated for work conducted in the province of New Brunswick (see Program Guidelines for details). Please note: CFN may enter into additional collaborations/partnerships that may expand the total budget for this competition and research priority areas in the near future.   All interested applicants should regularly check this page and CFN social media for updates.


Only those projects that submit an Intent to Apply by the due date will be eligible to later submit for consideration a full application package. The Intent to Apply is due by Monday, January 15, 2018 at 5 pm ET.

Please note: After submission of the Intent to Apply, no additional Principal Investigators or Co-Investigators may be added to the project.

Full Application packages must be submitted by Monday, February 26, 2018 at 5 pm ET, using Forum, CFN's online application and reporting system.

Successful applicants will be notified in July 2018. Funding installments will commence after all necessary agreements have been executed and REB approval received. Please note: NO EXTENSIONS will be granted beyond the maxium 16 month grant timeframe.

Application process

Please note: The application process has changed from previous CFN competitions. The application is completed online in Forum, and all supporting documents are available on Forum and must be uploaded to Forum once completed. Please review the Program Guidelines, Application Instructions and Sample Application carefully before submitting your Intent to Apply and full Application Package.

The full Application Package consists of:

  1. Project Team Information
  2. Application Form
  3. Partner Letters
  4. Detailed Budget and Budget Justification – for each Principal Investigator
  5. Principal Investigator CVs
  6. CVs/Resumes for Other Project Team Member(s)
  7. Detailed Budget and Budget Justification – for each Principal Investigator
  8. Required Signatures – for each Principal Investigator
  9. Proof of study submission to each Principal Investigator's Research Ethics Board (REB) -- please see Program Guidelines for details

Further information

Address your questions and information requests to CFN at