CIRCUlink

The Canadian Common CV (CCV) recently completed a system upgrade. Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to seek technical support related to the CCV well in advance of the Heart & Stroke submission deadlines. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that a completed application (including a completed CCV) is submitted prior to the deadline.


You can apply online for Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funding using the Heart & Stroke’s web-based application system, CIRCUlink. The system also facilitates online peer review, budget review, and grant administration.

 
Visit now to create your personal Heart & Stroke profile and get started on your application. A user guide is provided to help you navigate the system.
Application for a GIA must be submitted online using CIRCUlink by 16:00 EDT Thursday 29  AUGUST 2019. CIRCUlink will not accept submissions after this deadline (date and time).
Please Note:
  • Principal Investigators (and Co-PIs) must have a full-time academic or faculty appointment (i.e., at minimum, at the Assistant or Clinical Assistant Professor level) in Canada at the time of application. The date of first faculty appointment will be based on the date listed in the Common CV (i.e., under Employment). Adjunct applicants at an academic institution must submit a letter from their dean/chair/division director to clarify their specific appointment, i.e., amount of protected time available, local infrastructure in place.
  • Early Career Investigators is defined as investigators who are within seven (7) years since the date of their first faculty appointment at the Assistant or Clinical Assistant Professor level, at the time of the GIA submission deadline (i.e., by 16:00 EDT on 29 August 2019).
    • May submit two (2) grant applications (new or renewal) to the 2020/21 GIA competition as either Principal or Co-Principal Investigator. 
    • May hold up to three (3) Heart & Stroke funded GIAs as Principal and/or Co-Principal Investigator at any time. If an applicant holds more than two (2) ongoing funded GIAs as Principal and/or Co-Principal Investigator continuing into the 2020/21 funding year (01 July 2020 to 30 June 2021), no new application can be submitted.
  • Mid-Career or Senior Career investigators are defined as investigators who are either within eight (8) to eighteen (18) years or nineteen (19) plus years respectively since the date of their first faculty appointment at the Assistant or Clinical Assistant Professor level, at the time of the GIA submission deadline (i.e., by 16:00 EDT on 29 August 2019).
    • May submit only one (1) grant application (new or renewal) to the 2020/21 GIA competition as either Principal or Co-Principal Investigator. 
    • May hold up to two (2) Heart & Stroke funded GIAs as Principal and/or Co-Principal Investigator at any time. If an applicant holds more than one (1) ongoing funded GIA as Principal and/or Co-Principal Investigator continuing into the 2020/21 funding year (01 July 2020 to 30 June 2021), no new application can be submitted. 
  • The Research Proposal should be predominantly text and is limited to ten (10) pages.  The number of pages should reflect the size and scope of the proposed research. Pages beyond the ten (10) page limit will NOT be evaluated by the reviewers.
  • Please note that items such as embedded figures, charts, tables count toward the ten (10) page limit of the research proposal. To improve the clarity of the grant; items such as figures, charts, tables may be embedded in the research proposal or appended after the references.
  • References should be placed at the end of the research proposal and will not count toward the ten (10) page limit.
  • For any application with a PI and co-PI, should the PI be deemed ineligible – the entire application will be withdrawn from the competition.  There will be no appeal process for applications deemed ineligible.
  • The applicant is required to declare all secured and proposed (i.e., submitted in the same funding cycle) partnered funding at the time of submission. There can be no overlap/duplication in expenses or activities with partnered funding. See Section 6, page 15 of the GIA Submission Guidelines.
  • Applicants are required to integrate sex and gender-based analysis (SGBA) in their research design. Any application that does not incorporate SGBA must provide a rationale why it would not be relevant to the project. All applicants are strongly encouraged to complete CIHR’s Institute of Gender and Health training modules: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/49347.html .
  • The application must be submitted online by 16:00 EDT THURSDAY, 29 August 2019.
    Note: Applicants attempting to submit their application at or following the deadline of 16:00:00 EDT will be prevented by CIRCUlink from submitting their application. There will be no appeal process for a late submission. We strongly advise the applicant to submit well before the 16:00:00 EDT deadline.
  • GIA 2020/21 Application Deadline Support Notice:
    Heart & Stroke will attempt to provide support to all applicants requiring assistance leading up to the deadline of 16:00 EDT on Thursday, 29 August 2019. Please be advised that due to limited resources the Heart & Stroke cannot provide any assurances of available support after 15:00 EDT Thursday 29 August 2019. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that a completed application is submitted prior to the deadline. Heart & Stroke strongly recommends that applications be submitted well before the 16:00 EDT deadline.
  • Common CV
    • Support: Please note that CCV support is now provided through the CCV centralized help desk:
For further information regarding the new CCV helpdesk, please click here.
  • Specific to the Heart & Stroke Common CV: please note that only the last 5 years are requested for the following sections:
    • Research Funding History (Awarded, Completed, and Under Review)
    • Supervisory Activities
    • Publications
  • Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to seek technical support related to the CCV well in advance of the Heart & Stroke submission deadlines. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that a completed application (including a completed CCV) is submitted prior to the deadline.
Improving Heart and Brain Health for Women: Award for Mid-Career and Senior Career Investigators
Heart disease and stroke are a leading cause of death among Canadian women. In fact, most Canadian women have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke – yet many women are not aware of this threat and do not know how to recognize the symptoms until it is too late. The Canadian Federal Budget 2016 provided for an investment of $5 million over five years to the Heart and Stroke Foundation to support targeted research on women’s heart health and to promote collaboration between research institutions across the country.
 
Through this commitment, Heart & Stroke will be offering to Mid-Career and Senior Career investigators, an award as part of the GIA program funding specifically targeted towards the improvement of the heart and brain health for women.
 
Funds are available for up to four (4) awards and are valued at $50K/year for one year. Offers will be made to highly ranked Mid-Career or Senior Career investigators in this category. Applicants (Mid-Career or Senior Career investigator only) wishing to be considered for this funding envelope MUST check the appropriate box in the application form and complete the additional sections in the application form; MUST complete one of three online training modules (http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/49347.html), of their choice, offered by the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and obtain a Certificate of Completion (attach to application); and MUST complete the following additional sections in the application form as it relates to the GIA proposal:
  1. Address how it fits/relates to the Advancing Women’s Heart and Brain Health Research Initiative; and
  2. Describe the potential value to create impact on the health of Canadian women.
Applicants applying for this opportunity will also be considered in the regular pool of GIA applications. However, recipients of this award may not concurrently hold a 2020/21 GIA.  Guidelines for application are identical to the GIA except where otherwise indicated.  Please note, all other GIA guidelines and requirements apply (e.g., maximum number of applications eligible for submission).

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