Quality of Life Research Grants
Please see the eligibility and requirements section prior to creating an application.
LOI due date: July 2
LOI results: September
Full Application due date: November 1
Results announcement: January
Anticipated start date: February 1
Application guides can be found on the EGrAMS documentation for applicants page. See FAQs.
Quality of Life Research Grants have been created to support quality of life cancer research that has the potential to make a significant impact on the burden of disease in patients, survivors and caregivers. These grants are intended to explore psychosocial, survivorship, supportive care and end-of-life issues, research gaps, needs and opportunities, or models for survivorship care. The grants are meant to accelerate and focus the knowledge gained from scientific findings, in the short or long term, into outcomes that will result in the reduced burden or enhanced quality of life for cancer patients in Canada and elsewhere.
The goal of this grant program is to support and accelerate research addressing the application of new knowledge relevant to improving quality of life (as described above). The program is particularly interested in research that has the potential for practical applications within the domain of knowledge translation. Applications can be from multidisciplinary teams or individual investigators. Multidisciplinary collaboration is encouraged.
Examples of projects that may be appropriate for this grant program include, but are not limited to:
- qualitative or quantitative studies
- case control or cohort studies
- clinical studies
- health systems, health economics and health services research
- methodology development
- measurement tools development
- efficacy or effectiveness studies of novel interventions
Scientific focus of the program
This grant program is designed to primarily support the psychosocial oncology research community addressing scientific questions that will improve supportive care, survivorship and end-of-life care.
Budgets awarded will not exceed $300,000 over 2 or 3 years per grant. It is anticipated that 4-6 grants will be awarded in this initial competition. Funding will be provided to support the direct costs of research, including supplies, expenses, wages and equipment associated with the proposed work. Indirect costs will not be considered eligible expenses. Equipment requests of up to $10,000 can be included within the proposed budget but must be appropriately justified.
There will be a multi-stage application and review process. Applicants will be required to submit a letter of intent (LOI) and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application. A multidisciplinary peer review committee will be assembled to review the LOIs and full applications. The peer review committee will consist of scientific experts with broad expertise, along with community representatives to provide patient/survivor/caregiver perspectives.
Letter of Intent (LOI)
There is a limit of one grant application per Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator in a competition. The LOI submission will require the following:
- a scientific abstract
- up to 3 pages of figures/tables/charts and associated legends
- a summary of the proposed research (maximum of 2 pages, single-spaced) See below
- preliminary proposed budget
- the names of the investigator(s) and CVs for the PI and any co-PIs
- the names of suggested reviewers/exclusions.
The summary of the proposed research should include the following:
- the specific research question to be addressed
- background and scientific rationale
- design and methodology
- relevance of the proposed research to the Quality of Life Research Grant program
The LOI application form will be accessible through the CCSRI‘s online application system EGrAMS. Please note that changes to the applicant list or significant changes to the abstract after the LOI deadline are permitted. Changes must be provided to the CCSRI as soon as they are determined by the team to ensure proper adjudication.
Applicants should note that the LOI review will result in the triage of applications; therefore, not all applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
When preparing the full application, the following will be required. Specific guidelines for the online application will be available.
- as part of the public (non-scientific) summary, a cancer relevance statement clearly describing the potential of this project to enhance the quality of life of cancer patients
- a scientific abstract (the abstract can be updated from the LOI submission)
- a detailed scientific proposal clearly stating:
- the aims of the project including any previous work done in the area, experimental design, methods and analysis
- a description of the expected impact that research results will have on the burden of cancer or the advancement of knowledge
- details of the investigator(s) including which member(s) of the research team will be responsible for which aspect of the project and a rationale for their inclusion in the project, as well as a description of the research environment where the work will take place.
- a description of the knowledge translation and exchange strategy and how this work advances the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society.
The proposal will contain no more than 10 pages of single spaced text. In addition, 5 pages of data figures/tables/charts and their associated legends are allowed.
- a budget justification related to the supplies, equipment and personnel associated with the research project. This must include the number of personnel required to complete the work and a description of their experience and/or education level and their commitment to the project.
The review criteria for the application will include, but not necessarily be restricted to the following:
- advancement of the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society
- relevance to this program
- scientific merit of the research project
- qualifications and experience of the investigator(s)
- innovativeness of the proposed research project
- appropriateness of the methods and research environment
- appropriateness of the knowledge translation and exchange strategy to disseminate research findings
- potential of the project to make an advancement in our understanding of quality of life issues for cancer patients/survivors
- likelihood that the proposed research will have an impact on improving quality of life for cancer patients/survivors/caregivers
- appropriateness of the term and amount of support requested
Multiple applications/multiple sources of funding
There must not be substantive overlap (more than 50%) with any pending application to any other CCSRI program as of the full application due date. Duplicate applications will not be accepted. The onus is on the applicant to indicate the extent (or absence) of overlap.
Applicants are reminded to review the eligibility and requirements
section for details on scientific and financial reporting, funder acknowledgement, Canadian Cancer Society policies on open access and tobacco related funding.
Last modified on: December 10, 2013