CCRF’s Fall 2021 RFP

The Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) invests in evidence-based research to improve the lives of people suffering with neuromusculoskeletal (NMSK) pain and disability.

Throughout the pandemic, pain due to NMSK problems has increased dramatically while many traditional funding sources for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in this field has dropped. That’s why it’s crucial for CCRF to continue to invest in ECRs through this year’s funding opportunity. Our goal is to encourage innovative problem solving and emerging opportunities which can create new pathways to advance our work on behalf of patients, clinicians, policy makers and other influential stakeholders. 

 Via our Research Committee, CCRF  is pleased to evaluate a wide variety of projects that identify or explore gaps in current knowledge, expand on existing studies or activate new technology. 

RFP Details for Fall 2021:

CCRF is pleased to offer its Spring 2021 Request for Proposal (RFP) to Canadian Early Career Researchers in the chiropractic and adjacent healthcare fields. The total grant pool for this RFP is in excess of $100,000. Grants for individual projects start at $5,000.

All CCRF grants are available thanks to the very generous support of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and our Provincial Associates, representing clinicians from across Canada. We would also like to recognize our private donors – chiropractic visionaries  who have made a strong personal commitment to evidence-based national research.

To be considered for CCRF funding in this RFP cycle, your project must:

  • Be led by an Early Career Researcher (ECR). For the purposes of this RFP, eligible ECRs are working toward or have received their PhD. in Chiropractic or a related discipline within the last 5 years – excluding authorized leaves of absence. CCRF reserves the right to waive the PhD requirement for submitters who can demonstrate a publication history via accredited, peer-reviewed publications. 
  • Include at least 1 Canadian team member, residing in Canada (note: a Canadian project lead is preferred but not required) 
  • Additional funding or in-kind partnerships are desirable but not required
  • Adhere to the parameters set out in this Fall 2021 Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Be received by the CCRF by 11:59pm on Friday, November 12, 2021 
  • Be conducted in accordance with Canadian legal, regulatory and ethical guidelines
  • Be eligible for publication in an accredited, peer-reviewed journal

Our Research Committee invites proposals that address a wide range of topics. This may involve:

  • Exploring gaps in current knowledge, expanding on existing studies, a demonstration of fresh thinking and/or innovative use of technology, a focus on diversity, equity or inclusion (DEI) or other areas of high value and impact.
  • Projects must reflect at least one of CCRF’s National Research Priorities: Basic Science, Clinical Science, Health Systems and Population Health.
  • Additional funding or in-kind partnerships are encouraged but not required.
  • Well-developed methodologies, appropriate supervision and effective institutional support are encouraged. 

How To Apply

To ensure equal access for submitters and to reduce bureaucracy, CCRF uses the simple three-step application process. Before applying, please make sure to review this Request for Proposal (RFP) and its eligibility criteria thoroughly.

  • Grant seekers submit a brief Letter of Intent (LOI) to provide a succinct overview of their proposal, including an overview of the project concept, the anticipated output and the amount of funding requested
  • LOIs must follow the submission format and instructions below
  • LOIs must be received by 11:59pm on Friday. November 12, 2021

LOI Submission Format

  • English language on your organization’s letterhead
  • LOI should be no more than two pages in length, single-sided, single-spaced, Calibri 11-point font, and 1-inch margins with page numbers at the bottom
  • Page One should include:
    • project title
    • general research design
    • applicant’s name, degree, contact information and professional affiliation
    • amount of grant requested
  • Page Two should contain the research abstract, which describes the scope, purpose, methodology, hypothesis of your project and content of the proposed work. Please indicate the anticipated impact of this research and why it is important to further knowledge within one or more of the four CCRF Areas of Focus (Basic Science, Clinical Science, Health Systems, Population Health).
  • Supporting materials, such as peer reviewed publications and biographic information, are optional and can be provided as attachments (maximum two pages)
  • Proposals must be dated and signed by principal applicant
  • Signed proposals must contain the following declarations: “We/I confirm, that to the best of our/my knowledge, this LOI submission is accurate. We/I also certify all identified investigators will fully participate in the proposed work. We/I have read and understood the most recent CCRF Request for Proposal and Letter of Intent Guidelines.”

Submission Instructions

  • A single PDF file containing the LOI and all supporting documents should be emailed to no later than 11:59 pm on Friday. November 12, 2021
  • PDF files should be saved as “LOI_lead submitter last name_institution_year.” (e.g., LOI_Harris_University of Toronto_2021)
  • A confirmation email will be sent within 72 hours of receipt
Proposal evaluation is overseen and administered by the CCRF Research Committee.
  • Every LOI is evaluated.
  • Grant Applications are provided only to selected projects that align with the objectives and areas of focus outlined in the Current Request for Proposals (RFP).
  • All submitters will be notified of the status of their project. Those who do not receive an application will be notified that a grant will not be offered this cycle.
Based on the LOI, the CCRF provides selected teams with a Grant Application.
  • Grant applications include a cover letter, project overview, phases and timeline, monetary request, submitter background/qualifications, references, other funding sources (projected and confirmed) and multimedia components (if any).
  • For grant requests over $10,000, a 30-minute videoconference presentation may be requested.
  • Final funding recommendations are approved by CCRF’s Board of Directors.
  • Applicants are informed about proposal status with a letter indicating:
    • A grant will not be offered during this cycle (concise written feedback is available upon request)
    • A grant is approved contingent on standard CCRF terms and conditions.

Important Dates

  • LOIs must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday. November 12, 2021
  • CCRF will inform applicants if a Grant Application (based on the LOI) will be requested by Friday, November 26, 2021
  • Final grant decisions are scheduled to be determined in mid-March 2022

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