NB Wellness Research Fund Grant

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RESEARCH GRANT to Evaluate Peer-Led Physical Activity Programs for Older Adults 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 is providing funds to support a 2 year open grant competition for research projects to evaluate peer-led physical activity programs for older adults to advance the implementation of New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy. 


An important action for community-based health and wellness for older adults as outlined in, We are all in this together: An Aging Strategy for New Brunswick is to:

Encourage seniors to get involved with non-profit organizations to develop and deliver quality peer-led inclusive physical activity and recreation programs to improve health and quality of life. (2017, Initiative 2, Action 4, P. 25 and 26).

Evaluating older adult physical activity programs has been identified as a gap in the area of healthy aging. As quoted in the Recreation NB document, Opportunities: Older Adult Physical Activity Services in New Brunswick:

The majority of the programs and services for older adults in New Brunswick do not have any formal evaluation practices. Many service providers acknowledge the need to incorporate evaluation into older adult programs, however there are no provincial evaluation standards in place and service providers do not have the means to do so (i.e., the expertise, time or resources). A few programs assess the satisfaction of their older adult participants and look for improvements in confidence to exercise, social opportunities and class enjoyment. Others use elements of the Seniors Fitness Test to do pre and post program assessment (e.g., the Sit and Stand test and Timed Get Up and Go). (2016, P. 22).

Research supported must be in the area of Peer-Led Physical Activity Programs for Older Adults. The Department is increasing investments in efforts that address healthy aging.  To help inform this work, it is seeking proposals that outline the evaluation of quality peer-led physical activity programs for older adults and present considerations for further action to address the enhancement and accessibility of such programs in New Brunswick within the context of New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy.

Priority will be given to those proposals that focus on:  

  • Examining existing community based, peer-led physical activity programs for older adults with respect to quality and best practices, as identified in the resources listed below, practical application and the transferability of some or all elements of the program to other New Brunswick communities. 
  • Identifying the impact of existing community based, peer-led physical activity programs on  older adults’ physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being e.g. mobility and functional ability, mental performance, decreased stress and anxiety, physical literacy, prevention of slips and falls, independence, social interactions and companionship, etc. 
  • Describing the contribution of relevant local, regional or provincial stakeholders or participants in quality, peer-led physical activity program delivery e.g. Regional Health Authorities, Community Non-profits, etc.
  • Identifying and describing strategies to enhance and sustain peer-led physical activity programs for older adults in both urban and rural communities considering language, culture, local partners and volunteers, existing programs, use of technology, the recruitment, engagement and support of activity leaders, etc. 
  • Involving New Brunswick stakeholders throughout the research project to inform both 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 sharing and applying the learning from existing programs to build or strengthen other programs and increase the reach of quality, peer-led physical activity programs for older adults in communities across New Brunswick.

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

New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy:


New Brunswick’s Wellness Strategy Framework: 


Supporting Resources: 

We are all in this together: An Aging Strategy for New Brunswick: 


Durable by Design: Active for Life


Opportunities: Older adult physical activity services in New Brunswick 


NB Plays! GOLD: A resource for quality older adult programming 


Mental Fitness Tip Sheet: How do you build mental fitness into a program or activity? 


Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: 4:00 p.m., July 14, 2017
  • Funding Decisions by: August 25, 2017
  • Funding Start Date: Sept. 15, 2017


One award of $150,000 is offered to qualified researcher(s) with a primary affiliation in the Province of New Brunswick.  The funded project must be completed within 2 years 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 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, Physical Activity, Physical Literacy, Sustainable Development, Aging and Elder Care
  • Must hold a primary university faculty appointment or equivalent at a New Brunswick University or Institute;    
  • 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 & 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 "Browse" button on the online application form.
  • The electronic signature page document (obtained by scanning the paper copy after signatures have been obtained) must be uploaded as an attachment using the "Browse" button on the application form.   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 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 July 14, 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 partners in peer-led physical activity for older adults 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 "Browse" 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 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 "Browse" button prior to submission.
DO NOT submit the application prior to receiving the appropriate signatures.  The form for all required signatures is the second page of the application.  Once you have completed the first page, click "Save and Proceed", and the second page will appear.   Type in the required names and click "Save Draft".    Click the "Preview and Print" button and view the page to ensure the information on it is accurate.   Print the page by clicking the "Print" button.   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 which will take you to your application's first page again.   Click the browse button under "Application Details Attachments" and upload the scanned signature page.  Click "Save and Proceed" and click the signature boxes on the second page.   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.  

WRFGNB Application ( Research Grant to Evaluate Peer-Led Physical Activity for Older Adults)