Grant Overview

Funding Objective

PolicyWise funds policy-relevant applied research that has the potential to improve the well-being of Alberta’s children, their families and communities; we are specifically interested in research that looks at outcomes for children and/or youth. We offer a variety of funding opportunities to get your research going and keep it going for both trainees and independent investigators. PolicyWise encourages researchers and communities to partner equitably in the research process.

To read more about “What is policy relevant research” please click here.

The proposed research must demonstrate clear benefit to children and youth, their families and communities in Alberta, and clear relevance to the priority research themes. The research team must engage policymakers, decision makers, and/or community partners. Potential grant activities include but are not limited to:

  • Research studies
  • Independent component that leverages an existing study
  • Pilot studies
  • Survey- or questionnaire-based studies
  • Quantitative research
  • Qualitative research
  • Community-based research
  • Secondary data analysis

A strategic priority for PolicyWise includes mobilizing high quality evidence from linked data, research, and evaluation in five focus areas:

  1. Early childhood development,
  2. Middle childhood and youth development,
  3. Family capacity building,
  4. Community capacity building and strengthening, and
  5. Tracking long term outcomes.

Funding Opportunties

Currently there are no funding opportunities available.

PolicyWise will not be holding a grant competition in January 2018. The next research grant funding priorities are under discussion with our funding sponsor, Alberta Children’s Services. We will provide further information when it becomes available. Please look for upcoming announcements in the PolicyWise newsletter.

Research Themes

PolicyWise endeavours to support research that is policy relevant for our funding sponsors, Alberta Children’s Services, and as such, we have collaboratively developed a list of priority areas. The following categories have been identified as current target areas of interest.

Grant applications must be related to children, youth, and/or families and must be relevant and specific to Alberta.

Additionally, successful applications will demonstrate a connection to a minimum of two topics from the following priority areas:


Intersectional topics
  • Indigenous*
  • Mental health
  • Child intervention system
  • Resilience
  • Early childhood development
  • Collaboration/service integration
  • Long-term outcomes of supports and services
  • Transitions for youth
  • Community capacity
  • Intergenerational trauma


*When possible, the analyses should explore differences between First Nations, Metis and Inuit children, youth, and/or families, as well as the potential influence of living on-reserve or off-reserve.

For examples of potential research based on the above priority topics, please click here.


Application and Review Processes

For information about grant eligibility, application process, peer-review process, and funding decisions, click here.

Conditions for Funding and Reporting Requirements

Successful applicants, their team members, and the host institution must agree to comply with the terms and conditions of this funding opportunity. These policies include requirements for release of funds, reporting, data sharing, intellectual property rights, grant termination, acknowledging PolicyWise support, and other related conditions of funding.

Please follow these links to read more about reporting requirements and eligible and ineligible expenses.

Contact Information

Laurie Vermeylen
Telephone: (587) 354-4801