Foundations of Interest
The Applied Client-focused Team (ACT) Research Grants Program
The Applied Client-focused Team (ACT) Research Grants Program is designed to fund projects that create change in the health system, influence key points of contact and impact the delivery of care. We believe that partnering directly with those that receive care, for the purpose of research, is an essential way to improve and influence client health experiences. Grant applicants must demonstrate a core proficiency in home health care and that their project is based on real client experience such that clients have been involved in designing, informing or testing the research focus. Together with researchers, organizations and clients we will identify and respond to essential research questions that will make positive change where it matters most - at the client point of contact with health care. The ACT Research Grants Program provides up to 4 grants to a maximum of $50,000 each for collaborative research projects spanning 12 to 18 months. The number of grants awarded each year depends on the quality of proposals received and grant funding available.
The Care to Know Centre (CTKC)
The Care to Know Centre (CTKC) is the national knowledge exchange network of Saint Elizabeth Health Care. The CTKC is founded on a collaborative approach that seeks to mobilize input and to create effective linkages and exchange amongst individuals, caregivers, researchers, policy and management stakeholders. Our aim is to identify and investigate new models, procedures and policies to ensure a shared approach for quality health care is achieved. Our philosophy is to encourage the development of new knowledge and partnerships to support capacity building and shared learning to improve health services, inform public policy, optimize resources and achieve transformative change. Through the ACT Research Grants Program, CTKC supports applied client-focused team projects concentrated on client and family-centred care. Funding is awarded to seed applied research initiatives that impact the experiences and needs of the health client at the point of contact with the health care system.
Atkinson Charitable Foundation
“We are a private Canadian foundation established in 1942 by Joseph E. Atkinson, former publisher of The Toronto Star newspaper. The Foundation was established "to receive and maintain a fund or funds and apply the income thereof, in perpetuity for religious, charitable or education purposes within the Province of Ontario." We provide grants to Ontario registered charities for innovative, Ontario-based projects that focus on either: Early Childhood Education and Development and/or Economic Justice. In the categories of health, social welfare, economic justice and education, the Foundation has given more than $55 million since its inception.”
CFI - Canadian Foundation for Innovation
“The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians. Support from the CFI enables institutions to set their own research priorities in response to areas of importance to Canada. CFI support is intended to: strengthen Canada's capacity for innovation; attract and retain highly skilled research personnel in Canada; stimulate the training of Highly Qualified Personnel through research; promote networking, collaboration, and multidisciplinarity among researchers, institutions, and sectors; ensure the optimal use of research infrastructure within and among Canadian institutions.”
CHSRF – Canadian Health Services Research Foundation
“The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation promotes and funds management and policy research in health services and nursing to increase the quality, relevance and usefulness of this research for health-system policy makers and managers. In addition, the Foundation works with these health-system decision makers to support and enhance their use of research evidence when addressing health management and policy challenges. Any Foundation project, process or activity always involves both researchers, and managers, policy makers from academia and Canada's health system. To ensure research is relevant to decision makers, the Foundation focuses its resources on priority health-system issues and on filling gaps in applied health services and policy research, including nursing management and organization issues. Funded programs fall into two categories: research grants, and capacity development, including training and personnel awards.”
Decision Support Synthesis Program
The Foundation's Decision Support Synthesis program aims to contribute the best available evidence to decision-making in a particular policy or management context. Decision support syntheses are driven by the information needs of decision makers and produce recommendations for policy and management through a deliberative process that involves key stakeholders. These syntheses incorporate different types and sources of evidence, including research results and promising practices.
CMHC - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
“The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation works with community organizations, the private sector, non-profit agencies and all levels of government to help create innovative solutions to today's housing challenges, anticipate tomorrow's needs, and improve the quality of life for all Canadians. Furthermore, the CMHC works to enhance Canada's housing finance options, assist Canadians who cannot afford housing in the private market, improve building standards and housing construction, and provide policymakers with the information and analysis they need to sustain a vibrant housing market in Canada.”
“The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), one of Canada’s leading grantmaking foundations, is an agency of the Government of Ontario. The Ontario Trillium Foundation distributes its funding to charities and not-for-profits through two granting programs: Community and Province-Wide. Within those programs, funding is allocated in four sectors: Arts and Culture, Environment, Sports and Recreation, and Human and Social Services. The Community Program is for activities that take place in one catchment area and have a local impact in one or more communities within that catchment area. Community grants account for 80% of the Ontario Trillium Foundation's funding. The Province-Wide program is for activities that have a province-wide impact. At a minimum, the work must take place in three catchment areas or two catchment areas in the North. Province-Wide grants account for 20% of Trillium's funding.”
ACCC - Association of Community Colleges
“The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is the national, voluntary membership organization created in 1972 to represent colleges and institutes to government, business and industry, both in Canada and internationally. With an Ottawa-based Secretariat, ACCC interacts with federal departments and agencies on the members' behalf and links college capabilities to national industries. As another part of its mandate, ACCC organizes conferences and workshops for college staff, students and Board members to facilitate networking and participation in national and international activities such as sector studies, awards programs and linkages.”
The Change Foundation
“The Change Foundation’s research agenda revolves around health system and services integration – defining, measuring, and evaluating it, as well as understanding its impact on patients and the public. A separate, but related, focus on improving patient outcomes and experiences through quality improvement projects – specifically in community and home-care services -- and on supporting informal caregivers, is the second research area.”
Going Global Science and Technology Fund – Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
“The Going Global Science and Technology (S&T) Program is specifically designed to promote and enhance Canada's international science and technology efforts by supporting Canadian researchers in accessing international R&D collaborative opportunities through the development of partnerships with key players in other countries/economies.”
“Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances. Grant and contribution programs are important mechanisms through which Health Canada works with funding recipients and stakeholders to establish a wide variety of health programs. Health Canada grant and contribution programs support initiatives that fall into four broad categories. Those which are provided: in lieu of health services the Department would deliver (e.g., Non-Insured Health Benefits, Building Healthy Communities, etc.); to address major national health priorities or health issues for which there is no one departmental infrastructure, expertise or specialized resources to administer them (e.g., Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada, Hepatitis C Research Strategy, etc.); for health promotion programs where community organization participation is essential for success, and; for research projects that further the development of knowledge, policy or program delivery (e.g., contribution programs that help the Canadian Institute for Health Information coordinate the development and maintenance of a comprehensive and integrated health information system).”
Killiam Research Fellowships
“The Killam Research Fellowship Program is designed to recognize and support distinguished Canadian scholars, normally full professors at Canadian universities and research institutes, who have established an outstanding reputation in their area of research. Killam Research Fellowships provide two years of release time and are valued at $70,000 per year.”
OCIF – Ontario Commercialization Investment Funds
“The Ontario Commercialization Investment Funds program facilitates the commercialization of technology derived from research and development performed in Ontario. The program provides a grant to leverage seed capital for spin-off technology companies created by faculty, staff or students of research institutes.”
SDTC – Sustainable Development Technology Canada
“Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is a not-for-profit foundation that finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies which provide solutions to issues of climate change, clean air, water quality and soil, and which deliver economic, environmental and health benefits to Canadians. SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The $550 million SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The $500 million NextGen Biofuels Fund™ supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels.”
Other Cost Saving Programs of Interest
Canada's Environmental Technology Verification (EVT) Program
ETV Canada offers a reliable assessment process for verifying the environmental performance claims associated with projects and programs, as well as technologies and technological processes.
Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA)
OCETA is a private sector, not-for-profit Ontario Corporation with a mandate of providing business services to entrepreneurs, start-up companies and small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to assist the process of commercialization of new environmental technologies and to support sustainable economic development both domestically and internationally.
Research and Development Tax Credits
The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR & ED) program is a federal tax incentive program to encourage Canadian businesses to conduct research and development (R & D) in Canada that will lead to new, improved or technologically advanced products or processes.
The requirements are that the R&D project must advance knowledge in areas of technical uncertainty and incorporate a systematic investigation by qualified personnel.
A company can earn a tax credit of 35% and if the project is done with a recognized academic institution such as Conestoga College, an additional 20% is eligible.