The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has announced a funding opportunity to support a Canadian Environmental Urban Health Research Consortium. The Consortium is expected to be a national interdisciplinary and intersectoral resource bringing together researchers from academia, government, non-governmental organizations and industry with appropriate partners and stakeholders to undertake a pan-national research program focused on addressing key issues related to the impact of the urban environment on health.
The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:
- Provide researchers with one-stop access to ‘analysis-ready’ environmental data relevant to the Urban Form (i.e. air quality, active and passive transportation, green/natural spaces, land use data and policies, climate change/extreme weather, etc.);
- Provide researchers with models/methods/analytics to assess environmental exposure to address specific health research questions, including the ability to measure the impact of exposures over time;
- Lead to the creation of new knowledge of priority environmental health issues in the Urban Form, and accelerate its transfer to relevant stakeholders;
- Enable Government agencies (federal, provincial, municipal) to incorporate environmental health research into new and existing policy-relevant projects;
- Enable existing cohorts to add environmental (prospective and retrospective) data to their datasets, namely through linkage with relevant data sources;
- Foster capacity-building by providing training for early-career scientists; and
- Become a resource for public and private organizations seeking access to a network of leading Canadian scientists to conduct research in the field of environments and health.