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Requirements Guide

Servier Canada Inc. and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) are pleased to offer funding opportunities through the SERVIER CANADA – NEW BRUNSWICK CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH IMPROVEMENT FUND (CHIF)


The main purpose of the Servier Canada is to promote health research and health innovation that will further support collaborative opportunities and further advance initiatives and innovative health solutions and enable capacity building in all four pillars of health research in New Brunswick while at the same time address the challenge of developing new applications, new medications and innovations for Servier Canada based on their pipeline which includes, but is not limited to, the current research orientations (cardiovascular HF, A-fib, acute stroke, diabetes, immuno-oncology, AD, MS, ALS, Parkinson, inflammatory & auto-immune diseases).

Funds from the SC-NB-CHIF will be used to address the challenges of developing:

  • Novel health research, advance the development of new medications, leverage innovative technologies, and new processes in fields of mutual interest to SERVIER and NBHRF stakeholders (policy makers, academic and clinician health researchers) in cardiovascular diseases.
  • Guidance and models of real-world evidence (RWE) / real world data (RWD) health care information from atypical sources, including electronic health records, billing databases, and product and disease registries – to assess the safety and effectiveness of drugs and devices, quantify the value of innovation and patient care, and revolutionize healthcare.

The SC-NB-CHIF will support the following 2 types of programs within the field of cardiovascular disease:

1.    Program 1: Direct support of health research projects (up to $250,000 over 12-24 months) within the field of cardiovascular diseases.  Prior to submission, applicants must obtain a letter of support from their host institution to qualify their project to the CHIF.  The applicable application requirements will be defined in the call when posted. (

2.    Program 2: In support and co-funding 1:2 of health research projects related to major (>$1M) value demonstration initiatives (VDIs) submitted by New Brunswick academic or clinician health researchers and their institutions that are planned to be submitted to any national granting agency that has an independent peer-review evaluation committee - such as but not limited to - ACOA (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), CFI (Canada   Foundation for Innovation), Brain Canada, PHAC (Public Health Agency of Canada), etc.


The total fund of $1.5M comprised of contributions from the partners over the next three years will be used to support projects falling into either of the program types identified above based on an independent peer-review process.  Any unused funds in a given stream can be allocated to the other stream in any given year and any surplus funds will be automatically carried-over into the following year.   Applications for appropriate amounts will be accepted.   There is no set limit while it is anticipated that up to $500,000 will be available each year. 


To be eligible, the applicant:

  • Must have an academic, clinical or research appointment which allows the individual to pursue the proposed research project 
  • Must conduct research within a New Brunswick institution
Important Dates - First year's competition (2018)

Program 1:   Regular independent operating grant

  • Application Deadline:              4:00 p.m., March 15, 2018

  • Funding Decisions by:             May 15, 2018

  • Funding Start Date:                  Retroactively, April 1st, 2018

Program 2:  Matching to ACOA-AIF, CFI, PHAC, etc.

  • Application Deadline:           As per other programs' deadline and requirements

  • Funding Decisions by:         As per other programs' deadline and requirements

  • Funding Start Date:              2018-2019

Application Process

Candidates must apply to the NBHRF Health Research Value Demonstration Initiative Grant program and follow all requirements as outlined under the program.  NBHRF will work with institutions in New Brunswick to administer awards.   


An independent peer review process governed by SERVIER CANADA and NBHRF will be utilized to assess the merit of applications submitted to the program.  Notification letters will be issued by NBHRF.


Grant Recipients are required to provide simple quarterly written reports to NBHRF (by email) which shall:

  • Contain a financial update of the use of proceeds describing the use of the CHIF, including dissemination of the fund for the research projects and the contributions and donations, if any, received for the CHIF;
  • Describe the progress of the research projects receiving payments from the CHIF; and
  • Contain any and all other information the parties may agree on that pertains to the objectives of the Fund, including copies of any publications and presentations within the reporting timeframe.  
Grant Recipients are required to submit a Final Report within 90 days of the project end date following the format described above by completing the NBHRF final report form found by logging into your NBHRF account.    

If the project has been funded by a national agency, a copy of the agency's final report must also be included with the final report submission. 

Please also submit the financial statement for this account from your institution’s financial services department.  It must be uploaded as an attachment using the “Browse” button on the form. 

For additional information or questions please contact:

New Brunswick Health Research Foundation

10 Knowledge Park Drive, Suite 100
Fredericton, NB   E3C 2M7   506-455-8886