Imagining Canada’s Future Ideas Lab: Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century

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From the SSHRC Website:

"The Imagining Canada’s Future (ICF) Ideas Lab is a pilot funding opportunity designed to encourage innovative research partnerships and projects. Ideas Labs help to break down methodological barriers and empower participants to explore new approaches to research. Because Ideas Labs create new research collaborations that transcend institutional and disciplinary silos to encourage different ways of thinking, they are well suited to addressing complex and global challenges. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Genome Canada have joined SSHRC as funding partners to explore the future challenge of Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century.

There are three components to the ICF Ideas Lab framework: Stage 1, the workshop; Stage 2, the application for the funding opportunity; and Stage 3, the project development phase.

SSHRC is welcoming applications from researchers to be part of Stage 1 of this Ideas Lab, the interactive workshop. Up to 35 researchers will participate in facilitated activities before organizing themselves into multidisciplinary teams to develop and pitch innovative project ideas. The workshop will take place over a three-week period, through in-person and virtual sessions, in August 2023. Participants will be required to take part in all sessions.

The final research proposals to be submitted at Stage 2 can include additional individuals to complement the research teams formed at the workshop.

Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century is one of 16 global challenges identified through SSHRC’s ICF initiative. It is also a priority for PHAC and Genome Canada, which seek to gain social sciences and humanities insights in this priority thematic area. The insights can range from socio-economic factors to the role of genomics in health promotion. Outcomes of these Ideas Lab grants will help inform policy and decision-making across the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors to support a healthy, equitable and just Canadian society.

Stage 1 of the ICF Ideas Lab will bring together researchers from across Canada. By the end of the workshop, participants will have developed preliminary proposals for groundbreaking research. This research will have the potential to inform policies and practices addressing the needs of diverse sectors throughout Canada, which may also have wider global benefits. Proposals presented through pitches at the workshop will benefit from feedback provided by peer mentors based on evaluation criteria outlined in this call. All teams and project ideas formed and pitched during Stage 1 of the funding opportunity will be invited to Stage 2 to apply for funding to further develop projects in Stage 3 of the ICF Ideas Lab."

External Deadline: 
Thursday, May 25, 2023
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