NB Wellness Research Fund Grant

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TOBACCO USE AND FOOD INSECURITY RESEARCH GRANTS jointly offered by the Wellness Branch of the New Brunswick Department of Social Development and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) 

Requirements Guide


The Wellness Branch of the New Brunswick Department of Social Development (GNB-DSD) is opening a competition (independently peer-reviewed) to provide funds to support one 18 month grant to research the relationship between " tobacco "  use and " food insecurity "  in New Brunswick, thus advancing the implementation of  New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy.  A recent search of PubMed revealed a limited 126 publications since 1977 in this field using the above key words illustrating that the research is quite relevant at this time, not only in New Brunswick but across the globe. 


The present Request for Application (RFA) is in the area of Tobacco Control and Food Insecurity. GNB-DSD is continuing to invest in efforts related to tobacco free living and food security. To help inform this work, it is seeking proposals that:

  • identify and describe the relationship between tobacco use and food insecurity in New Brunswick, 

  • identify the impact of this relationship on the wellness of New Brunswickers, 

  • analyze the overall relationship and 

  • present considerations for further action within the context of New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy  in the form of a formal report to the Department.

Priority will be given to those proposals that focus on:  

  • Identifying  the relationship between tobacco use and food insecurity among New Brunswickers;

  • Describing the relationship, as identified, to assist stakeholders in both tobacco control and food security to better understand the association between food insecurity and tobacco use in New Brunswick.

  • Identifying and describing the impact of this relationship on the wellness, including but not limited to food security, of tobacco users and their families within the context of the New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy.

  • Identifying and examining the risk factors contributing to food insecurity and the protective factors contributing to food security among current tobacco users in New Brunswick.  

  • Identifying strategies to address the risk factors and enhance the protective factors related to tobacco use and food insecurity in New Brunswick. 

  • Describing the contribution of stakeholders and identifying opportunities to align their efforts and work together in expanding their reach to New Brunswickers being impacted by tobacco use and food insecurity;  

  • Involving New Brunswick stakeholders throughout the research project to inform the research process and the development of an end of grant Knowledge Translation (KT) plan. Stakeholder collaboration and knowledge translation strategies should focus on facilitating partnerships, communication, discussion, and application with diverse, community-based knowledge users to increase the benefit and potential impact of the research findings within New Brunswick. 

  • Presenting recommendations for further collective action on tobacco use and food insecurity in New Brunswick within the context of the New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy.

Applications that bring additional in-kind/financial resources to the project are encouraged.

See related information sources from the GNB.

New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy:
Stratégie du mieux-être du Nouveau-Brunswick 2014-2021
New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy Framework: 
Cadre de la Stratégie du mieux-être 2014-2021
Supporting Resources: 
La Coalition antitabac du Nouveau-Brunswick (CATNB)
NB Food Security Action Network 
Réseau d’action sur la sécurité alimentaire

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: 4:00 p.m., April 16, 2018
  • Funding Decisions by: July 1, 2018
  • Funding Start Date: August 1, 2018


One award of $75,000 is offered to qualified researcher(s) with a primary affiliation in the Province of New Brunswick.  The funded project must be completed within twelve months of the release of funds. 

Application Instructions at a Glance

The checklist below shows the steps an applicant will need to follow to submit an online application to NBHRF for the Grant: 

  • Complete an updated online Common CV (for the principal investigator (PI) and any co-investigators ;) validated for NBHRF;
  • Complete the online application form (including the short abstract and all fields with an asterisk (*) if the required fields are not filled out your application will not be processed for review) and prepare all required attachment documents including a scanned completed signature page;
  • Submit online application with all attachments 


To be eligible, the applicant: 
  • Must have research interests in one or more of the following areas:  Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Population health promotion, Community Health/Public Health, Nutrition, Sustainable Development, Food Security, Tobacco Control 
  • Must hold a primary university faculty appointment or equivalent at a New Brunswick University or Institute;    
  • Applicants may, and are encouraged, to collaborate with any researcher (not necessarily in NB) in order to enhance the expertise required for the application
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or actively pursuing such status.


Applications are reviewed to ensure that they:
  • fit with the general purpose and requirements of the funding program,
  • reflect the mandated initiatives of the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation and the Wellness Branch of the New Brunswick Department of Social Development
  • can be completed within the specified period
Requirements for NBHRF/NBSD-Wellness Grant Applications
  • Grant applications must be completed (including the short abstract and all fields with an asterisk (*) if the required fields are not filled out your application will not be processed for review) & submitted online through the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation website.
  • No additional documents will be accepted prior to or after submission.
  • Completion and submission of a Canadian Common CV validated for NBHRF for the investigator and any co-investigators is required.  It must be downloaded from the Common CV website and then uploaded as an attachment to the NBHRF application using the " Choose Files " button on the online application form. Each CV must be uploaded separately.
  • The electronic signature page document (obtained by scanning the paper copy after signatures have been obtained) must be uploaded separately as an attachment using the " Choose Files " button on the application form and named “signature page”. There is no need to submit the paper copy of the signature page; the electronic scanned version will be sufficient.
Please ensure that the application is complete (including all all fields with an asterisk (*), Short Abstract and all required signatures) and submitted to NBHRF. Failure to do so will result in an invalid application that will not be eligible for consideration.   Once the application is received, review begins immediately.  Deadline for applications is April 16, 2017
The complete application must be submitted via the online process.
*Page Set Up and Format for Attachments


3/4" (2cm)


8.5" x 11" (21.5 x 28 cm)


12 point


No condensed type or spacing

Line Spacing:


Headings as outlined below are to be included as attachments and page limitations respected.
*Plain Language Project Summary    (maximum 1 page)
*Detailed Project Description   (maximum 5 pages) 
In paragraph format, provide a title and detailed description of the research project including objectives, methodology and budget breakdown and justification.  Be sure to describe the food security partners that will be approached for data collection, the methods of data collection and the deliverables.
A completed Common CV must be created (and/or updated) in the Canadian Common CV system as part of the application process. Using the CV Funding option, select Funding Source NBHRF, and then select CV Type NBHRF Template.  The CCV will have to be uploaded as a document through the “Choose Files” button on the application form. 
Please note that a “Draft” CCV will not be accepted as part of your application.  Please ensure that you upload the correct version of your CCV in your NBHRF application.  
Please enter the name of the person who has the authority to bind the institution or organization to the general conditions governing grants and awards and have them sign the "Institution (To be signed by Authorized Official)" box.
Application Submission - Read Carefully
Ensure you review the application for completeness (including all fields with an asterisk (*) & Short Abstract) and accuracy prior to submitting as you will not have access for editing after you click the submit button.
Ensure that all attachments (files), CCVs, and signature page are uploaded with the application using the " Choose Files " button prior to submission.
DO NOT submit the application prior to receiving the appropriate signatures. The signature information is the last section of the application. Once entered ensure to “Save Draft”.  Print your PDF (go to View scroll to the bottom of the page and click on View PDF).  You may logout of the application at this time.  Your information will be saved because you clicked "Save Draft". Obtain the required signatures on the page, scan it and log back into your account.  Click the "Edit" button on your Portfolio page. Click the “Choose Files”  button under "Application Details Attachments" and upload the scanned signature page. Click the Signature Acquired boxes.
It is important that you obtain signatures BEFORE you submit this application. After you perform the Final Submit, you will not be able to make changes. You must review your application with each of the primary stakeholders and obtain their signatures. The signature on the pdf signature page must match the Signature Acquired name entered on the online application. (Example: You realized (or been told) that you have an incorrect name entered on your pdf for signature; you can strike out the original name and write in the appropriate name on your pdf form, and get the appropriate person to sign, HOWEVER, before submitting your application, you must return to that field in your online application and change the entry to the same name and title of the person who has signed.
If you are finished your application, click "Submit", if you wish to make any other changes or additions, click "Save Draft" and make those changes.
You will receive an e-mail advising that your application has been received.  In the e-mail you will also be given a unique application number, please ensure that you record this number for future reference.
Final Report   
Grant Recipients are required to submit a Final Report within 90 days of the project end date by completing the NBHRF final report form found by logging into your NBHRF account.     This is a different report from the Project Report which is due to the Department of Social Development on the project end date.  

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