Structuring Initiative Support

2017-2018 Grant support for “structuring initiatives”

Deadline: January 19, 2018 (new deadline)

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Amount: $15,000

Number of supported projects: two (2)

Competition description can be uploaded here.


Competition description

Population health research aims to identify, understand and act on social determinants of health by guiding public health interventions and informing public policy, with the overall objective of improving population health. The mission of the Quebec Population Health Research Network (QPHRN-RRSPQ) is to support capacity development in population health research. Interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and inter-sectorial collaborations are essential to forming an understanding of contemporary health problems and therefore represent an important area of focus.

With this mission in mind, the goal of the current competition is to allow researchers affiliated with different institutions and domains interfacing with population health to establish new research collaborations. In doing so, this competition aims to catalyze interdisciplinary research by encouraging researchers to organize their various domains of expertise around specific research themes to impact population health.

Projects submitted must be relevant to the focus research areas of the strategic groupings of the QPHRN-RRSPQ, namely:

  • Ethics
  • Social inequalities and equity
  • Public policy and population health
  • Mental health
  • Global health
  • New communication and information technologies

The RRSPQ will provide support or additional support to “structuring initiatives”(1) in order to strengthen subsequent proposals to external funding agencies. Each project must address an original question interfacing with the themes addressed by the strategic groupings and with the potential to exert an impact on public health interventions or policies. These aspects must be clearly outlined in the project proposal. The research team must also attest to the “structuring” role that the project will play (for instance, in uniting interdisciplinary research teams from different sectors, institutions, and organizations around a common point of scientific inquiry). Collaborations between strategic groupings and other organisations and institutions are thus highly recommended. Research teams that receive funding will be required to submit their project to an external funding agency prior to the end date specified for their project and must name this agency in their proposal.


  • Applicants must be “regular researcher” members of the QPHRN-RRSPQ.
  • The project must address themes relevant to at least two strategic groupings.
  • A single “regular researcher” member of the QPHRN cannot submit more than one application in which they are designated as principal investigator or co-investigator.
  • The same project cannot be funded more than once by the FRQS, RRSPQ and/or any its strategic groupings or training programs.

Evaluation criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality of the proposed research: clarity of the issues addressed and outlined goals; methodological rigor, feasibility of the proposal and of the timetable for completion of the project, relevance of expected results, benefits in terms of future research and impact.
  • Relevance with regard to the research themes of the QPHRN-RRSPQ strategic groupings.
  • Inter-institutional, inter-sectorial, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Researchers must have different and complementary domains of expertise.
  • Priority will be given to projects involving at least two “regular researcher” members of the QPHRN-RRSPQ.
  • Priority will be given to projects involving at least two researchers or co-researchers that are both members of the QPHRN-RRSPQ and affiliated with different universities.
  • If possible, each project should include application-oriented aspects and/or a knowledge transfer component. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a knowledge-user(2) in their research team.
  • High value-added collaborations/partnerships (e.g., collaborations with community partners or other key political stakeholders).
  • Expected benefits: potential to contribute to the improvement of population health interventions, services and public policies.
  • Potential of the research in leveraging extramural support and attracting new partners.
  • Plan for sustainability: plans for the continued development of the project beyond the year of funding provided by the QPHRN-RRSPQ. 
  • A clearly described and realistic timetable: the timetable must span a period of 12 months.


  • Researchers who receive funding must submit a financial report to demonstrate the use of the allocated funds, along with a scientific report.
  • Future applications for extramural funding must include all investigators and co-investigators involved in the current funding application.
  • The financial contribution of the QPHRN-RRSPQ must be explicitly mentioned in all activities resulting from the funded project, including presentations, publications or communications. The following acknowledgment phrase is suggested:
    « L’équipe de recherche remercie le Réseau de recherche en santé des populations du Québec (RRSPQ) pour sa contribution au financement de ce projet. »
    “The research team would like to thank the Quebec Population Health Research Network (QPHRN-RRSPQ) for its contribution to the financing of this project.”
  • Researchers who receive funding are expected to attend the RRSPQ Annual Scientific Meeting and may be requested to present their results on this day.


Upload the “Application form”. The form can be completed in English. English version of the form will be available soon. Please contact us if needed.

Applications must be submitted in a single document (Microsoft Word or PDF) via electronic mail, – Subject: “Competition – Structuring initiative” – no later than the submission date (see the top of this announcement), to the following email address:


Applications will be evaluated by a committee established by the board of directors; results will be communicated in the month following the submission.

Other information

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(1) A “structuring initiative” aims to bring together important contributors to a specific field for a large-scale project involving researchers, research teams, research networks, institutional and inter-institutional centres, observatories, research institutes and other types of facilities and partners from the public, private and community sectors. A structuring initiative may take the form of a large-scale project (scientific dissemination, promotion or exchange; field research, etc), a collective infrastructure (development of joint services or a technical or electronic platform, etc) or a common resource accessible to a large number of researchers (development of a database, etc). The project must demonstrate the ways in which the planned initiative will lead to the development of coherent and productive links between researchers and partners from the public, private and community sectors based on the needs, objectives, priorities, implementation methods and activities set out in the proposal. (Adapted from


(2) As per the definition provided by CIHR, a knowledge-user is an individual:

  • who is likely to be able to use the knowledge generated through research in order to make informed decisions about health policies, programs and/or practices;
  • whose level of engagement in the research process may vary with respect to intensity and complexity depending on the nature of the research and the information needs of the beneficiary;
  • who could be, for instance, a practitioner, policy maker, educator, decision maker, health care administrator, community leader, or member of a health charity organization, patient group, private sector organization or media outlet. (Adapted from


List of recipients


Chantal Robillard (UQAM) et collègues: Création d’un réseau québécois d’information publique sur les substances psychoactives.

Marjolaine Héon (UdeM) et collègues - Concours bi-réseaux Réseau de recherche en interventions en sciences infirmières du Québec/RRSPQ: Analyse d’évaluabilité de l’implantation et du fonctionnement d’une banque publique de lait humain selon une approche réaliste: un projet pilote.

Elham Emami (UdeM) et collègues - Concours Réseau de recherche en santé buccodentaire et osseuse/IRSPUM/RRSPQ: Accessibilité aux soins buccodentaires pour les clientèles vulnérables : Faisabilité, efficacité et efficience de différents modèles d'organisation des soins et dans le contexte québécois.