Next expected deadline: This program is now closed to entry.

Value & Term

Will vary depending upon the level of research being applied for (Project, Program or Team).


Expression of Interest (EOI): September 5, 2014

Workshop: September 15, 2014

Full Application: October 31, 2014

Funding Announcement: December 2014

NOTE: An EOI and attendance at the Workshop are required in order to submit a Full Application.

Value & Term

The total amount of funding available for the CRIO – Population Resiliency is $3 million. The $3 million will be distributed over 3 years.

Applicants may request support as a CRIO Project (up to $250,000 per year for 3 years), as a CRIO Program (up to $500,000 per year for 3 years) or as a CRIO Team (up to $1,000,000 per year for 3 years). There will be discussion at the Workshop regarding the possible approaches to the full application.

This funding is non-renewable.

The funding for this CRIO is part of a $50 million allocation made by the Government of Alberta in response to the 2013 flooding in Southern Alberta designated to provide support for flood victims’ immediate and future mental health needs.

Targeted Area for Research and Innovation

This award targets population resiliency (pre- and post- disaster or catastrophic event) in:

  • Aboriginal populations
  • Children and Youth


The CRIO – Population Resiliency call invites a group of collaborators to submit applications for funding in either (or both) of two areas of population resiliency: aboriginal populations and child and youth. The focus of this opportunity is on developing and strengthening population resiliency, pre- and post- disaster using a collaborative approach to the production of new knowledge, coupled with the translation of research findings to knowledge- or end-users for impact on the health of Albertans and/or the health system. There is not an expectation that the collaboration will necessarily continue beyond the duration of this non-renewable grant.

The objectives of the CRIO – Population Resiliency are to:

  • foster and support collaborative, interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral and/or multi-institutional research with a focus on achieving solutions that address disaster-related population resiliency;
  • help advance, at a public policy level, Alberta’s programs and infrastructure to support population resiliency (when it comes to disaster recovery) in both the long and short term
  • support mental health related research and innovation, an area of strategic priority aligned with Alberta’s Health Research and Innovation Strategy (AHRIS); as well as the Mental Health and Addiction Strategic Clinical Networks (SCN) within Alberta Health Services (AHS). Alignment with the SCN is considered a strength, but is not a requirement.
  • engage knowledge-/end-users in the process to enhance impact on the health of Albertans and/or the healthcare system;
  • provide opportunities for interdisciplinary research training and mentorship;
  • encourage the use of this AIHS CRIO to connect Alberta to national and international initiatives and leverage additional opportunities.

The evidence produced from research and innovation supported through this CRIO initiative is intended to improve population resiliency and inform readiness planning for future natural disasters and other catastrophic events.

How do I apply for the CRIO – Population Resiliency?

  • CRIO – Population Resiliency – Application Instructions PDF (544KB)
  • CRIO – Population Resiliency – Application Form PDF (79KB)
  • CRIO – Population Resiliency – Bio-sketch Form PDF (145KB)
  • CRIO – Population Resiliency – Program Guide PDF (582KB)

Following the workshop, each group submitting a full application may request support to enable its development. Up to $10,000 may be provided to complete the final submission for the CRIO – Population Resiliency.

What is the review process for the CRIO – Population Resiliency?

The CRIO – Population Resiliency full applications will be evaluated by an expert review committee. The committee will be interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral. It will include investigators with excellent track records of either fostering or conducting interdisciplinary research and/or in leading interdisciplinary research teams from academia, as well as individuals who can provide knowledge transfer and/or end-user perspectives.

While separate research components may be included in the application, each CRIO application will be evaluated as a single, integrated entity. Applicants must demonstrate that the collaboration not only brings added value but is essential to the group’s approach to the complex research question and the health issue being addressed, as well as the group’s ability to generate new knowledge and translate it toward improvements in health or in the health care system.

Applications will be reviewed based on the following assessment criteria:

  • Engagement with knowledge-/end-user collaborators and/or partners: End-user(s) are meaningfully engaged in the proposed research activities providing the support necessary for the deliverables to have the intended impact;
  • Collaborators: The proposed collaborators have the necessary complementary expertise and/or experience to successfully bring the proposed research activities to their planned end-point;
  • Significance and Innovation: The proposed research activities are based on an important and well delineated health question/issue and define a focused set of deliverables;
  • Approach: The collaborative approach described for the proposed research is necessary, integrated, feasible, and aligned to the generation of the specific and defined deliverables;
  • Environment: The environment described for the proposed research will contribute positively to the achievement of the defined objectives.

Full applications deemed to have significant merit, but which require specific changes in order to be deemed eligible for funding, may be provided with one opportunity to resubmit a revised application for review.

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