HealthCareCAN, the national voice of hospitals and research institutions, is pressing the federal government to ensure Canada’s frontline health care providers have the necessary resources at hand to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Working in close communication with federal departments and through advocacy in the media (see below) we have underscored the urgent need for federal funding to help hospitals overcome capacity challenges, and help research institutes develop a vaccine.
While we are pleased that the federal government has provided some enhanced support, the need for greater investment in the health care system will increase as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
We continue to communicate with our members and we salute their dedicated personnel who are working so hard to respond to this tremendous challenge.
We encourage you to check this page regularly, as it will be updated as more information becomes available.
COVID-19 Research News
NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants
NSERC is providing up to $15 million in grants to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Up to $50,000 for one-year projects is being made available.
Please note that applications related to science, technology and engineering topics within NSERC’s mandate and directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic are appropriate for this grant and that the major focus should NOT be medical or clinical research. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
computational modeling and simulation for improved understanding of viral populations and of viral evolution
new technologies relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic
better understanding of viral persistence in the environment
design and engineering expertise in advanced manufacturing of COVID-19-relevant equipment and supplies
The deadline in which eligible NSERC researchers can submit an application is June 1, 2020.
Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) - Request for Proposals: Frailty and COVID-19
CFN is looking to fund health, social or policy studies aimed at investigating the interaction between frailty and COVID-19. Proposals must fall under one of the two following streams of research:
Proposals that study the differential impact of frailty on the response or outcomes of a therapy or add a frailty cohort/subgroup to an existing ongoing COVID-19 investigation.
Original research proposals that investigate the outcomes and underlying mechanisms for the observed outcomes, the utility of frailty as a prognostic factor, complexities of care, unique challenges for adults living with frailty and COVID-19 infection.
A total of $300,000 is available for this funding opportunity. Please note that funding received through this competition must be accompanied by applicant matching partner funds of at least a 1:1 ratio.
The deadline to submit proposals is 8 pm EST Friday April 17, 2020. Proposal must be sent to email@example.com.
For more information on this funding opportunity, please click here.
For biologics and radiopharmaceuticals: Biologic and Radiopharmaceutical Drugs Directorate (BRDD) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you have questions, the Clinical Trial Compliance Program can be contacted at GCP_BPC@hc-sc.gc.ca.
CIFAR - AI and COVID-19 Catalyst Grants
CIFAR is issuing a targeted call for AI and COVID-19 interdisciplinary research collaborations to spark innovative, high-risk/high-reward ideas and projects. CIFAR’s Catalyst Program provides seed funding for time-limited activities.
Sample topics may include: pathogenicity and/or transmission of COVID-19, AI tools to accelerate vaccine development, or AI applications to advance our understanding of the economic impacts of the COVID-19, among others.
Examples of eligible catalyst-supported activities include, but are not limited to:
Interdisciplinary projects involving trainees
Large-scale, team-based grant proposal development
Proposals must be submitted jointly by at least two Principal Investigators.
Co-applicant(s) may include past CIFAR program members, or researchers at any institution around the world.
Funding, up to $15,000, is available. The deadline to apply is April 3, 2020 at 11:59 EDT.
For more information on this funding opportunity, please click here.
Support for those on the frontlines
Canadians with COVID-19 depend on front line health providers. The well-being of front line health providers is critical to them being able to do their jobs. The Canadian Psychological Association would like to help.
The CPA has called on all registered psychology practitioners to consider donating some of their time to provide psychological services to front line health care providers who may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed or distressed by being on the front lines of this health crisis.
If a front line health service provider would like to contact a psychologist, they can VISIT THIS PAGE where they will find a listing of psychologists who have volunteered to provide psychological services to them at no charge. The listing of psychologists is organized into province and territory. It is important that the provider chooses a psychologist who is on the list in the province or territory in which the provider is located. The psychologists on the listing have agreed to return calls for requests for service within 24 hours of their receipt.
HealthCareCAN‘s Calls to Action
The canary in the coal mine
COVID-19 is a wake-up call for Canada’s health care system. Our nation’s political leaders must come together on a plan now to ensure our health care system can respond to emerging threats and meet the needs of our growing and aging population.
Federal Investment is crucial
We commend the $1-Billion commitment from the federal government to shore up supplies and support research among other things, but caution that further action will be needed to support health care staff, which are working flat out to meet the soaring demand for health care services.
Our nation's health infrastructure is crumbling
Health care facilities in Canada are among the oldest public infrastructure in use today with approximately 48% of facilities being over 50 years old. The picture is worse in cities, where 69% of health care institutions are over 50 years old.
Patient safety must be made a federal priority
Canadian hospitals must constantly defer much-needed maintenance due to budget constraints in order to ensure high-quality, frontline care for patients.
This is but one in a long list of challenges faced by the health care system
Addressing the short-term crisis should not preclude us from tackling the long-term challenges facing Canada’s health care system.
It's time for the federal government to lead health system innovation
This is a national issue and a fundamental part of nation-building.