Trainee award: Hacking the knowledge gap in health research

Individuals who identify as LGBTQI2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Two-Spirited) face disparities in the prevalence of certain health concerns as well as barriers to accessing appropriate care.

The evidence shows that improving access to health care that is appropriate, inclusive and patient-centred can help close this serious health equity gap. However, health systems and medical education are often slow to adapt. This knowledge-to-action gap means that people do not always benefit from health research in a timely or efficient way.

This initiative is part of the Hacking the Knowledge Gap Series.

The Trainee Award for Innovative Thinking to Support LGBTQI2S Health and Wellness will fund research trainees to attend a unique two-day Design Jam. The Design Jam will bring together trainees and experts from across disciplines to foster creative problem-solving around knowledge translation (KTE) challenges facing individuals who identify as LGBTQI2S.

Important Dates:

  • Webinar: September 13, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Application deadline: October 24, 2017
  • Anticipated notice of decision: December 18, 2017
  • Funding start date: January 16, 2018
  • Design Jam dates: February 23 and 24, 2018 in Vancouver
  • Funds available: The total amount available for this program in fiscal year 2017-18 is $425,000 for one year (enough to fund approximately 17 prizes of $25,000).

Research areas

This request for applications will support applications that identify a knowledge-to-action gap related to LGBTQI2S health and one of the following research themes:

  • Access to inclusive and patient-centred care
  • Mental and emotional health and wellness
  • Self-advocacy and bodily autonomy

Check out the full funding opportunity.


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