Our criteria for seed grant funding:
We solicited applications that
- lay out a clear, feasible, measurable plan for addressing solutions-focused research that will generate knowledge on pathways to reduce health inequities in the theme areas of Built Environment and Health, Resilient Cities, or Place Based Interventions.
- show innovation and/or potential impact to influence policy and/or practice
- show strong potential to strengthen community-university capacity for solutions-focused research, education and knowledge exchange
- show strong potential to be an effective and sustainable contributor to efforts of the Healthier Cities and Communities Hub to achieve its vision and mission
- involve substantive inter-disciplinary collaborations In addition, we are looking for projects that:
- build a vibrant research interest group that will live beyond the seed grant funding
- lay the foundation for a grant proposal for external funding, result in a publication, or catalyze the development of a new policy or program
- include partnerships between academic and community and / or policy organizations (e.g. lead or co-principal investigator from a community or policy organization)
- provide direct training or other education opportunities for students, either involving students as research assistants or developing educational materials for courses. Research capacity building opportunities for community partners will also be valued. Within these requirements, a range of pilot, formative and/or developmental research projects will be considered, including, but not limited to: feasibility studies, piloting of methodology or instruments, literature reviews, knowledge exchange and partnership development.
Eligibility and organizational requirements: Research team members can come from any GTA University, community-based organization or policy institute. Any member of a community-based organization, policy institute or GTA University faculty (tenure track or status appointment) is eligible to be Principal Investigator (PI) on a partner-based, solutions focuses research pilot project. Please note that applications MUST include at least one person from a community or policy organization as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator responsible for one or more key aspects of the project design, implementation, analysis and reporting. In addition, at least one member of the team must hold a current budgetary or status-only faculty appointment in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health; this person shall be held accountable for reporting to the Dean on funded outcomes, outputs and deliverables agreed at the time of award. University students, from DLSPH or another provincially recognized undergraduate or postgraduate level training organization, should be involved in at least one aspect of the project design, implementation, analysis and reporting.