To address today’s and tomorrow’s health challenges, support is needed for research that will lead to groundbreaking discoveries and knowledge that can be translated quickly and effectively into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and a better health care system.
Research hospitals are meeting these challenges by forming new, multidisciplinary, and solution-oriented research structures. But Canada’s research-hospital community requires, among other things, access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure to compete at the international level and translate its research results in a timely fashion.
The Research Hospital Fund (RHF) was created by the federal government to contribute to large-scale, hospital-based research initiatives that take full advantage of state-of-the-art equipment, innovative ways of doing research, and increased research capacity as a result of hiring additional highly qualified personnel. The RHF will help address the needs for further investment in research hospital infrastructure, especially for new and different space by taking a more integrated and multidisciplinary approach to health research.
It should be emphasized that the Research Hospital Fund differs from other CFI programs in one key respect: it is targeted to large-scale projects in which space is a key feature. This distinguishing feature has significant ramifications on eligible costs in that the space requirements are not restricted to that which is essential to house the research equipment.
What projects will be considered under the RHF?
There are two components under the RHF:
1) Large-Scale Institutional Endeavours (LSIE) to Large-Scale Institutional Endeavours that require space and other research infrastructure to support excellent research, training, and knowledge translation in one or more research themes of strategic importance to the hospital. Under this component, research hospitals will be seeking funding from CFI and their partners for infrastructure.
2) Regional/National Clinical Research Initiatives (RHF-CRI) seeking to build and enhance Canada’s capacity for clinical research. This component will provide the opportunity to seek funding for infrastructure from the CFI and funding for research, training and operations from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Through the Clinical Research Initiative (CRI), it is also possible to apply for funding for clinical research, training and operations without the infrastructure.Institutions that submit proposals to both components will be asked to reference their Regional/National CRI in their proposal for Large-Scale Institutional Endeavours and vice versa.