# Catalyst Grant

Catalyst Grant submissions are now closed. For those who have applied, please check back in July for a notice of decision.

See the list of past Catalyst Grant recipients.

See the instructions below, or download the Catalyst Grant submission instructions (PDF).

You must complete the fillable form for the detailed description of proposal (PDF) to apply.

## Introduction

The University of Waterloo has set aging as a priority research focus in its strategic plan.  As a result, the University of Waterloo established the Network for Aging Research (NAR) in 2014 to serve as a networking tool for researchers who are conducting research in aging, and to foster collaborative aging research across campus through grant programs and other initiatives. The NAR and its grant programs are supported by the Provost’s office; the number of grant programs and dollar amounts are determined on an annual basis. Proposals are reviewed and approved by the NAR Advisory Committee, and administered in coordination with the Office of Research.

## Catalyst Grant objectives and funding priorities

NAR invites qualified researchers from the University of Waterloo to submit applications for exploratory research or new aspects of current research, across a variety of aging-related domains. In June 2017, NAR hosted community members, including those who work or volunteer with older adults, and researchers at a symposium involving an aging research priority setting activity. (More information on this process is available here: https://uwaterloo.ca/network-for-aging-research/events/nar-spring-2017-symposium). For this call, NAR is strongly encouraging researchers to propose projects that are aligned with one of the identified priorities. The top 10 priorities are listed below:

• Social isolation
• Promoting healthy living across the lifespan
• Care coordination
• Dementia
• Age-friendly communities
• Support for family and caregivers
• Aging in place
• Mobility
• Restorative care and  rehabilitation
• Leisure

Researchers may propose research in an area other than those listed above, with appropriate justification.

This grant encourages strong research teams with collaboration among cross-disciplinary researchers; Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP); and older adults and/or other knowledge users throughout the research project. Applications require collaborative plans, or rationale for not including these groups.

Grant recipients are expected to use the results of any work that flows from the Catalyst Grant to produce an external funding application within two years of receipt of the funding.

## How to apply:

Applications must include the following 3 documents:

1. Office of Research Cover Sheet (To Leslie Copp)
1. Please submit the cover sheet in hardcopy, with appropriate signatures, to Leslie Copp in the Office of Research. She will provide a scan of the fully signed cover sheet to the NAR Program Coordinator.
2. Application Package (To Sheila Bodemer)

An Application Package consists of the following documents, combined into a single PDF file:

1. Application form (PDF) (including signatures).
2. Detailed description of proposal (PDF) (this form must be completed).

3. CVs (To Sheila Bodemer)

CV(s) of applicant(s) and co-applicant(s), including HQP(s) involved as co-PIs or co-applicants, saved as PDFs. (Common CV or format of choice that must include: funding history, publications, student supervision (if applicable), current position and start date – CVs should cover past five years).

Submission: The Office of Research Cover Sheet is submitted to the Office of Research, as noted above. The Application Package and CVs should be submitted via e-mail to the NAR Program Coordinator, Sheila Bodemer, at nar@uwaterloo.ca.

Deadline: Applications must be received electronically on or before June 12, 2018, 4:00pm. Applicants will receive acknowledgement of receipt within one week of submission. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Notification: A decision will be made by July 24, 2018 and a notification will be emailed to the applicant shortly thereafter.

NOTE: If you are successful in receiving a NAR grant, your information (name, contact and project information) will be posted on our website and used in promotions of the network.

All questions regarding the NAR Catalyst grant program should be directed to NAR Program Coordinator, Sheila Bodemer, at nar@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 33160.

## Other requirements

Before catalyst grant funds may be released, any required certifications must be in place - specifically: ethics clearance of research involving use of human participants, human tissue and/or their data, and/or use of animals; and safety certification for any biohazardous or radioactive materials and radiation.

Grant recipients are expected to make reasonable efforts to obtain any required ethics clearances or safety certifications in a timely manner. An application for ethics clearance must be submitted within four months of notice of award, otherwise the award may be withdrawn.

## Reporting

Fifteen months after funds are received, a two-page final report, using this fillable form (PDF), is to be submitted to the NAR Program Coordinator. If the research project has received approval for a one-year no cost extension, the 15-month report will be considered an interim report, and a final report will be required at the end of the extension period. Further follow-up will occur to track the outcomes of external funding applications. The NAR Program Coordinator should be notified when any external funding application has been submitted or awarded that relates to research supported by a Catalyst Grant.

Catalyst Grant recipients will be expected to present their results at a NAR-sponsored knowledge translation event at the University of Waterloo.

Please note that continued funding of NAR is dependent, in part, on demonstrating the impact of the grant funds it awards. Therefore, a researcher will not be eligible to apply for further support from NAR grant programs unless reports on the previously funded research have been submitted within the expected timeframes.

Any publications, presentations or public announcement from this research should acknowledge the funding support of the NAR. Suggested acknowledgement statement:

This research was funded by the Network for Aging Research at the University of Waterloo.