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Call for proposals – The FRQ launch a funding platform for intersectoral research on aging

The Chief Scientist of Québec and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) are pleased to inform the scientific community of the launch of a funding platform for intersectoral research on aging.

The FRQ were allocated specific budget envelopes to implement intersectoral initiatives under the Quebec Research and Innovation Strategy (SQRI 2017-2022). This call for proposals is part of the intersectoral research programming put forward by the Directorate of Societal Challenges and Intersectoral Networks (DSMI) of the Office of the Chief Scientist. The FRQ are seeking to engage more researchers from different sectors in research on aging.

Convinced that an intersectoral approach will open up novel research perspectives, introduce ground-breaking conceptual frameworks, cast new light on the complex and multidimensional phenomenon of aging and provide innovative, sustainable and socially acceptable solutions to address this major challenge facing Québec society, the FRQ invite researchers from all sectors to come together through a joint, co-constructed, integrated approach based on intersectoral networking.

The Funding Platform for Intersectoral Research on Aging offers the target research community two types of funding: research grants and scholarships. These types of funding will include multiple components. For the initial phase of the platform’s deployment, the 2019-2020 competition will focus on research grants for projects and infrastructures. The following components are offered under this competition:

Audace: The objective of the Audace component is to support bold intersectoral research on aging that offers a departure from traditional approaches.

Living Lab: The Living Lab component aims to act as an incubator that will foster the emergence of new intersectoral approaches addressing a target theme with a focus on the development of innovative practices through the direct participation of stakeholders involved with aging: private, public and community organizations; government and municipal representatives; citizens; university researchers; etc.

Cohort: In recent years, Québec researchers have made breakthroughs in the planning and execution of longitudinal studies involving different cohorts of seniors, in which the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé have invested for several years. Further to these efforts, the FRQ intend to contribute to the sustainability of existing cohorts in order to enhance the competitiveness of Québec research teams when seeking funding for innovative research on aging.

COMPONENT Audace Living Lab   Cohort
OBJECTIVES
  • Strengthen intersectoral networking
  • Provide funding for risky projects
  • Seek solutions in context
  • Share knowledge
  • Facilitate intersectoral and cross-community collaboration
  • Maintain and optimize the use of existing cohorts on aging for longitudinal studies
  • Maintain Québec's position as a Canadian and world leader in longitudinal studies on aging
NOMBRE D'OCTROIS VISÉS 5 2  4 (1 per cohort)
MONTANT PAR ANNÉE $100,000 $200,000 $ to $300,000  $200,000 to $300,000
DURÉE 1 year 3 years  5 years

For further information, consult the program rules: Funding Platform for Intersectoral Research on Aging, available on the websites of each of the three Fonds de recherche (FRQS, FRQNT, FRQSC), under “Scholarships and grants” (Intersectoral programs). Applicants are invited to take part in one of three 1-hour information webinars on the call for proposals for the Audace, Living Lab and Cohort components.

The electronic application forms for this intersectoral program are available in the “Available competitions” section of the E-portfolio (FRQnet) on the “Santé” (FRQS) platform. As indicated in our rules and forms, the approval of the applicant’s institution is required. Application forms must be transmitted before the deadline fixed by the institution. The institution-approved application must be submitted to the FRQS before 4 p.m. on March 26, 2019.

The competition results will be announced at the end of June 2019.

Information
Sophie Gauthier-Clerc
Program Manager
Direction des défis de société et maillages intersectoriels
Fonds de recherche du Québec
Telephone (Québec City): 418 643-7582 ext. 3255
Telephone (Montréal): 514-873-2114 ext. 1269

Denise Pérusse
Director, Societal Challenges and Intersectoral Networking
Bureau du scientifique en chef du Québec
Fonds de recherche du Québec
Telephone: 418 643-8560 ext. 3120