Medication Optomization for older adults living with fraility

This competition will fund innovative research proposals that address the ongoing concern of polypharmacy and related medication issues in older Canadians living with frailty. They are intended to be the first step in building capacity in the area of improving medication prescribing/deprescribing and overall medication management in older Canadians living with frailty.

The competition is presented in collaboration with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Within the overall goal of medication optimization, CFN will prioritize funding in the following manner (Please see the Program Guidelines for full details.):

CIHR Collaboration -- up to $300,000 will go to studies that address the practice of medication optimization and deprescription to reduce or eliminate drug-induced cognitive impairment;

NBHRF Collaboration -- Multi-provincial studies are strongly encouraged to advance healthcare improvement across Canada, and for this competition CFN and NBHRF have created a separate fund to encourage researchers to include a NB-based research component in their Catalyst studies.

CFN Medication Optimization Summit topics -- CFN recently consulted with stakeholders across Canada to identify research priority areas for  medication optimization for older Canadians living with frailty. There are seven research priority areas eligibile for Catalyst funding (Please see the Program Guidelines for full details.).


Applicants must hold an academic or research appointment at a CFN network member institution, and must also be eligible to receive grant funding from CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC. Individuals from any discipline are encouraged to apply.

CFN's Catalyst Grant Program supports scalable research studies including pilot, feasibility and translational studies that investigate novel and innovative approaches/methodologies/technologies.

Studies must focus on older Canadians living with frailty and/or their families and caregivers. Particular requirements apply regarding this focus. Please see the Program Guidelines for more details.

Project Team Requirements

Project teams must  be multi-sectoral, multi-institutional  and multidiscplinary. In addition to researchers, partners and knowledge users, project teams must meaningfully engage older adults and their family/friend caregivers in all aspects of the project/process. There are also specific requirements regarding the development of highly qualified personnel (HQP). 


Only those projects that submit an Intent to Apply will be eligible to later submit for consideration a full application package. The Intent to Apply must be submitted via email to by Friday, October 6, 2017 at 5 pm ET.

Please note: After submission of the Intent to Apply, no additional Principal Investigators or Co-Investigators may be added to the project.

Full Application packages must be submitted by Monday, November 13, 2017 at 5 pm ET, using Forum, CFN's online application and reporting system.

Successful applicants will be notified in March 2018. Funding installments will commence after all necessary agreements have been executed and REB approval received. Please note: NO EXTENSIONS will be granted beyond the maxium 16 month grant timeframe.

September 2019: In support of this current funding initiative, and its alignment with CIHR’s Dementia Research Strategy, CFN, CIHR and NBHRF will be hosting a showcase during CFN’s annual conference (September 2019) where successful Catalyst applicants will be invited to share their work with research funders, and interested and relevant stakeholders in the field.  All projects funded under this initiative are encouraged to familiarize themselves and explore potential alignment with initiatives currently funded under the Canadian component of the CIHR Dementia Research Strategy, and in particular with the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging.

Application process

Please note: The application process has changed from previous CFN competitions. The application is completed online in Forum, and all supporting documents are available on Forum and must be uploaded to Forum once completed. Please review the Program Guidelines, Application Instructions and Sample Application carefully before submitting your Intent to Apply and full Application Package.

The full Application Package consists of:

  1. Project Team Information
  2. Application Form
  3. Partner Letters
  4. Detailed Budget and Budget Justification – for each Principal Investigator
  5. Principal Investigator CVs
  6. CVs/Resumes for Other Project Team Member(s)
  7. Detailed Budget and Budget Justification – for each Principal Investigator
  8. Required Signatures – for each Principal Investigator
  9. Proof of study submission to each Principal Investigator's Research Ethics Board (REB) -- please see Program Guidelines for details
  10. Certificate of Completion of CIHR Institute of General and Health training module -- please see Program Guidelines for details

Further information

Address your questions and information requests to CFN at

Agency Name: 
Canadian Fraility Network
Contact Name: 
Penny D'Agnone
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Projects with multidisciplinary, multi-institutional teams will be funded for up to 16 months and to a maximum of $100,000. Proposals must include partners who have committed cash or eligible in-kind contributions on a 1:1 basis to CFN funding. To be clear, as an example, if you request $100,000 from CFN you will need to secure an additional minimum $100,000 in partner cash or in-kind contributions. CFN is looking to invest a maximum of $650,000 for this competition. This is in addition to the funds allocated for work conducted in the province of New Brunswick (see Program Guidelines for details). Please note: CFN may enter into additional collaborations/partnerships that may expand the total budget for this competition and research priority areas in the near future. All interested applicants should regularly check this page and CFN social media for updates.
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External Deadline: 
Friday, October 6, 2017
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