Dr. Katherine Rittenbach, PhD
Assistant Scientific Director
Alberta Health Services, Addiction and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network
Laurie Vermeylen, MA
Research and Evaluation Associate
PolicyWise for Children & Families
The Addiction and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network™ (AMH SCN™) is facilitating a research funding call that addresses identification of evidence-informed research practices and programs to improve community-based system integration in the addiction and mental health sector in Alberta. The need for a coordinated and integrated system was identified in Valuing Mental Health: Report of the Alberta Mental Health Review Committee, released by the Government of Alberta in February, 2016, and reiterated in the response document, Valuing Mental Health (VMH): Next Steps, released in June, 2017.
The AMH SCN comprises expert clinicians, researchers, patients, and other groups and individuals who are working to engage stakeholders in the dissemination and implementation of best evidence practices to prevent, treat and improve outcomes in addictions and mental health in Alberta. The SCN uses the Health Quality Council of Alberta’s six domains of quality to focus their work. These domains are: appropriateness, accessibility, effectiveness, efficiency, safety, and acceptability.
The application and review process for this grant competition is being managed by PolicyWise for Children & Families. PolicyWise exists to improve child wellbeing by conducting, funding and mobilizing research for evidence-informed policy and practice. PolicyWise’ mission is to develop and integrate evidence to inform, identify and promote effective public policy and service delivery to improve the well-being of children, families and communities.
|Registration Due:||4:00 pm (MST) Friday, October 6th, 2017|
|Full Proposals Due:||4:00 pm (MST) Friday, December 1st, 2017|
|Notification of Results||Early April|
Grants of up to $200,000 will be considered in this open call. Budgets should be appropriate for the scope of the project. Projects of more limited scope will be expected to have more limited budgets, and investigators on such projects are encouraged to apply. The term of the grant can be up to two years in length. A six-month extension, with no further operating funds, may be available upon formal request to finish writing reports or for knowledge dissemination.
VMH: Next Steps informs the priority topics for this funding call. VMH: Next Steps aligns with the Government of Alberta’s community-based health vision by improving continuity of addiction and mental health services and supports within the health system and in the community. Its actions focus on coordinating and integrating health services with community service providers, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of vulnerable and underserved groups.
Specifically, this grant competition directly supports action #4: “Identify and test evidence-informed practices and programs to improve community-based system integration, and adopt and spread those practices considered to be most effective”. Additionally, the following four target populations have been identified by VMH: Next Steps as requiring immediate attention:
The goal of this work is that Albertans will have new and effectively integrated community-based service delivery options based on rigorous research into community-based system integration.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate how their work will contribute to this goal and which of the four target populations it addresses.
The application will involve a two-step process:
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Registrations are due by 4:00 pm (MST) Friday, October 6th, 2017 and should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the registration process, applicants will be asked to submit a completed application form with a proposal attached.
The application form will require the following:
It is up to the applicant to ensure they are following their university’s protocol. Applicants may use their university’s internal signature page and attach a copy to the application.
It is up to the applicant to ensure they are following their organization’s protocol.
The full proposals may be a maximum of six pages single spaced, and should include the following components:
As mentioned above, proposals should not exceed six pages in total (single spaced, 11-point Arial font, 1 inch margins). Only the first six pages of each application will be reviewed. Applications that do not follow page limit, spacing, and font size requirements will not be reviewed past six pages.
Include the following items as appendices in addition to the 6 pages:
Applications with all required attachments are due by 4:00 pm (MST) Friday, December 1st, 2017 and should be submitted via email to email@example.com.
The pre-existing PolicyWise review process will be used to review applications submitted for this competition. This includes an external peer-review process by a least two reviewers using the criteria listed below scored on a 9-point scale. A ranked list of applications will be provided to the Grant Steering Committee for final selection based on quality, available funds, and relevance to VMH: Next Steps. The decisions of the Grant Steering Committee are final.
Applications will be scored in the following six categories:
|Review Criteria||Possible Points||Weighting|
|Relevance to VMH: Next Steps action #4
|Integrated knowledge translation
|Environment and feasibility
|Total Possible Points:||64|
|Descriptor||Score||Additional Guidance on Strengths and Weaknesses|
|Exceptional||8||Exceptionally strong with essentially no weaknesses|
|Outstanding||7||Extremely strong with negligible weaknesses|
|Excellent||6||Very strong with only some minor weaknesses|
|Very Good||5||Strong but with numerous minor weaknesses|
|Good||4||Strong but with at least one moderate weakness|
|Satisfactory||3||Some strengths but also some moderate weaknesses|
|Fair||2||Some strengths but with at least one major weakness|
|Marginal||1||A few strengths and a few major weaknesses|
|Poor||0||Very few strengths and numerous major weaknesses|
Applications must score 75% (48/64) or higher to be considered eligible for funding. If any applications score in this range but receive a 0 or 1 in any category, the Grant Steering Committee will review the application to determine its eligibility.
The Grant Steering Committee will make the final selection from the ranked proposals based on quality, available funds, and relevance to the identified priorities.
Successful applications will be required to provide confirmation of ethical approval before funds are disbursed. If ethical approval will require renewal during the project, the PI is responsible for sending verification that renewal was successful to the AMH SCN Scientific Office. If ethical approval is not required for the project, documentation stating this from an established ethics board is required.
Decisions about eligible expenses will conform to CIHR and the relevant Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC, & SSHRC) guidelines. As outlined on the CIHR website, the following will be used to determine eligibility:
Other research allowances not described above will conform to the Tri-Agency guidelines (as found on the NSERC website), with the exception that retroactive expenses and indirect/grant administrative costs will not be supported.
Successful applicants will be required to provide a final report at the end of their grant term. If the project length is two years, an interim report will also be required after the first year of funding. The final reporting requirements include:
The grant holder will provide to the AMH SCN copies of any products created as a direct result of this funding, including but not limited to: reports, publications, policy briefs, assessment tools, and AMH SCN related presentations.
More information on reporting requirements will be provided to successful applicants. Final reports will be made available through the AMH SCN and PolicyWise websites.