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The federal granting agencies announce funding to encourage vaccine confidence in Canada

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February 1, 2021

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are pleased to provide preliminary information on an upcoming launch of a special $2.25 million funding opportunity to support activities that promote vaccine confidence in Canada. The agencies expect these activities will improve public understanding of vaccines and help Canadians to make evidence-based decisions, especially among populations that are unsure of vaccine safety.

The new funding is targeted at Canadian non-profit organizations, non-federal museums and science centres, and academic institutions with a strong track record of science and/or health promotion. Researchers with an expertise in combating vaccine-related misinformation may apply, either individually or in collaboration with science and/or health promotion organizations. Proposed activities should address one of the following two themes: 1) Delivering vaccine-safety information to key communities and groups, or 2) Building capacity in the community to promote vaccine confidence.

Successful proposals will be selected based on their ability to deliver the activities successfully; the design and originality of the proposed activities; and the expected impact and reach. 

The deadline for applications is slated for early April. A complete program description with details on how to apply will be posted in early March on the NSERC website.

Applicants may request up to $50,000 in funding for a one-year period.

The agencies encourage organizations to consider the needs of official language minority communities in the development of their proposed activities and to have official documentation and promotional material in both official languages.

A funding opportunity for new research on vaccine confidence will be announced by CIHR in the coming weeks. These two complementary funding opportunities will help ensure that Canadians can benefit from both existing and new research in this important area.

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