Article by Lift News
The Government of Canada’s Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has just made a funding announcement that will make those in Canada’s cannabis industry pique their heads in interest. According to the government release, the project is entitled Catalyst, and is requesting research proposals for “Population Health Intervention Research Related to the Legalization and Regulation of Non-Medical Cannabis in Canada.”
The program is through CIHR’s Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), along with CIHR’s Institutes of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), Gender and Health (IGH), Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), and Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR).
The government says that with the Catalyst project, the funding opportunity is “intended to support population health intervention research related to the legalization of cannabis in Canada.” The government is seeking research teams to collect and develop an understanding of data (both health and non-health) related to the imminent legalization of cannabis in Canada.
The government is putting up funding up to 1 million dollars, $400,000 of which will be available for developing data infrastructure and $100,000 for applications relevant to First Nations, Inuit and/or Urban indigenous populations. The government is accepting up to 10 grants, and the maximum amount per grant is $100,000 per year.
There are a number of “key research areas” that the government welcomes applicants to focus on. In addition to collection of both health and non-health data, the teams could surveil, monitor, evaluate and report on cannabis use “as well as relevant health and social outcomes.” The teams could also study how specific groups might be impacted by the legalization of cannabis, including: youth, indigenous people, and persons living with mental health issues or addictions.