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CIHR Operating Grant

Posted by Jaq-Lin Larder on June 7, 2021 in Research Funding

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support research that will inform effective strategies to improve COVID-19 vaccine confidence and in turn, uptake, among populations experiencing systemic inequities, conditions of marginalization, Indigenous Peoples and/or among populations who are historically under-vaccinated.

This research initiative encourages the consideration of structural, contextual, intersectional and historical barriers influencing risk perceptions and health behaviours related to vaccination across multiple levels (e.g., individual, community, population).

Given the wide-ranging reasons for vaccine hesitancy, there is a strong need for community-based, evidence-informed, interdisciplinary and intersectoral approaches that integrate the social sciences. Collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders (e.g. communities, knowledge users, healthcare providers, thought leaders, and Indigenous Leaders, Elders and Knowledge Keepers) to leverage existing resources and capacity within communities will be needed. Therefore, this funding opportunity is designed to support community-based research approaches, such as (but not limited to):participatory action research (PAR), Indigenous methodologies, empowerment evaluation approaches, community asset mapping, and citizen science.

Amount and Duration: $100,000 per year for up to two (2) years

Click here for more details and instructions on how to apply. 


Internal: August 3, 2021 at 4:30pm. Contact Susan Haydt (

Funder: August 10, 2021 at 9pm AST. Contact