NBHRF Strategic Initiative Grant

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Requirements Guide

Application Details
Required Attachments
Application Submission
Final Report


The NBHRF Strategic Initiative Grant program is designed to leverage financial contributions from the private sector. Back to top of page


Research supported must be in a field of human health research. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defines/categorizes these fields by four pillars: 1 – biomedical, 2 – clinical, 3 – health system services and 4 – population health. Back to top of page


This program is subject to availability of funding. 

  • The leveraging ratio for the research project must be a minimum of 1:2 (example, NBHRF $50,000: Private Sector $100,000). 
  • The maximum NBHRF contribution is $150,000 per project. 
  • In-kind contributions are not eligible for leveraging.
  • Contributions from provincial Public Sector agencies (e.g. NBIF, GNB-Departments, etc.) and federal tri-councils (CIHR, NSERC. SSHRC) are not eligible for leveraging. 
  • Upon consultation with NBHRF, financial contributions from ACOA, PHAC, NRC and others may be considered for leveraging.

Applications are accepted at any time, there is no set deadline.      Back to top of page


To be eligible to apply, the applicant must:

  • be affiliated with a New Brunswick based University, college, medical training program, regional health authority or research institution. Students will not be funded as principal investigators.                 Back to top of page

Applications are reviewed to ensure that they:

  • fit within a field of human health research. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defines/categorizes these fields by four pillars: 1 – biomedical, 2 – clinical, 3 – health system services and 4 – population health; and
  • meet the required leveraging ratio.

Applicants will be asked to provide two suggestions for reviewers for their projects. Review begins immediately upon receipt of the application and decisions are normally provided within four to eight weeks.             Back to top of page

Application Details

Complete the NBHRF online application form (all fields with an asterisk (*) are mandatory). Attach all documents in the appropriate section of the form (either CCV Attachments or Application Details Attachments). Attachments are detailed below. Back to top of page

Required Attachments

Headings as outlined below are to be included as attachments and page limitations respected.

Attachment #1: Plain Language Project/Program Summary

Outline the proposed research project. Applicants should provide an appropriate synopsis of their proposed research including research question(s) approaches, methods and literature, and any preliminary results etc. 

  • Maximum 1 page. 
  • Page set up and format as outlined below must be followed.*
  • Upload under the section "Application Details Attachments"

Attachment #2: Budget justification 

  • Management or administrative charges or fees are not permissible expenses.
  • Maximum 1 page.
  • Page set up and format as outlined below must be followed.*
  • Upload under the section "Application Details Attachments”

Attachment #3: Letter(s) of support/commitment from the private sector partner*

  • Upload under the section "Application Details Attachments"

​Attachment #4: Canadian Common CV (CCV)

  • A completed CV must be created (and/or updated) and submitted 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 the application. Please ensure that the correct version of the CCV is uploaded in the NBHRF application. A submitted version of the CCV will have a date submitted and a confirmation number at the top of the CCV.
  • Upload under section “CCV Attachments”.

Attachment #5: Signatures

  • A scanned completed signature page must be attached.
  • It is important that signatures are obtained BEFORE the application is submitted. After the application is submitted, the applicant will not be able to make changes. The applicant must review the application with each of the primary stakeholders and obtain their signatures.
  • The signatures required are:

1. Applicant
Enter the applicant's name on the online application. 

2. Department
Enter the name of the Dean/Department Head/Manager on the online application.

3. Institution
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.

The signature on the pdf signature page must match the “Signature Acquired” name entered on the online application form. Should the applicant realize or be told that they have an incorrect name entered on the pdf for signature, the applicant can strike out the original name, write in the appropriate name on the printed form and have the appropriate person sign. Before submitting the application, however, the applicant must return to the same field in the online application and update the entry to match the name and title of the person who has signed. 

  • The signature in each section must match the individual named on the printed pdf and the on-line form.
  • Upload under section "Application Details Attachments".

*Page Set Up and Format for Attachments

Margins:         ¾" (2 cm)
           Page:              8.5" x 11.0" (21.5 x 28.0 cm)
           Font:               12 point
Spacing:          No condensed type or spacing
Line Spacing:  Single-spaced                            Back to top of page

 Application Submission – Please Read Carefully

The applicant must review the application for completeness and accuracy prior to submitting. Applications can not be edited after clicking the “Submit” button.

Prior to submission, all attachments are to be uploaded with the application using the “Choose Files” button in the appropriate section (“Application Details Attachments” or “CCV Attachments”). See above.

Signatures must be obtained prior to submission. To do so, the applicant must follow the steps outlined below:

1. Enter the signatories’ names in the appropriate fields on the online form.
2. Click “Save Draft”.
3. Go to “View”.
4. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
5. Click on “View PDF”.
6. Print the pdf document.
7. Logout of the application.
8. Obtain the required signatures on the printed pdf document.
9. Scan the signed document.
10. Log back into the account.
11. Click the "Edit" button for this application on the “Portfolio” page.
12. Click the “Choose Files” button under "Application Details Attachments".
13. Upload the scanned signature page.
14. Click the Signature Acquired boxes.
15. Click “Save Draft”.

Once the application is complete, click “Submit”.

The applicant will receive an e-mail advising that the application has been received, including a file number for future use.  Back to top of page

Final Report

Grant recipients are required to submit a Final Report within 90 days of the end of the grant duration by completing the NBHRF final report form found by logging into their NBHRF account. The signed financial statement from the institution and a summary report must be attached in the “Final Report Attachments” section.

All fields of the report form must be completed accurately. If information is missing or incorrect, the report will be rejected and recipients will be instructed to redo it.

The grant recipient will receive an automated email confirming submission of the report. The grant recipient will also receive an email from the NBHRF Program Director indicating whether or not the final report is complete and accepted. If it is not complete, appropriate actions will be arranged.

Recipients who do not submit a final report or any other required documentation will be ineligible for future NBHRF research funding.   Back to top of page         

NBHRF- Strategic Initiative Grant online form