CIHR releases Catalyst Grant for research projects utilizing CLSA data

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Please note that Follow-up 1 data will not be available until the spring of 2019.
Researchers applying for the CIHR Catalyst Grant for the Analysis of CLSA Data
can only apply for the available CLSA Baseline data. Applications for
Follow-up 1 data will not be considered.


We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has released the Catalyst Grant that will fund over $900,000 for applications using data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA).

This funding opportunity will support using CLSA data in any health-related area, in addition to applications relevant to the research areas such as; the mandate of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH), and the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), in research areas relevant to Spaceflight Health risks and in the general area of aging within the themes of cognitive and mental health, mobility, continuum of health care and services that fit within scope of the funding opportunity generally or within one of the relevant research areas

The grant will catalyze and support research efforts of Canadian researchers to use the available CLSA data in order to better understand how (individually and in combination) the biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and/or economic aspects of people’s lives have an impact on both maintaining health and in the development of disease and disability as people age. 

This represents a unique opportunity for Canadian researchers as the CLSA releases biomarkers related to clinical chemistry and images from retinal scans, DEXA and carotid ultrasounds for up to 30,000 participants, and genome-wide genotyping for 9,900 participants from the baseline data collection, in addition to alphanumeric data already available to researchers. 

Launched in 2010, the CLSA is a national, longitudinal research platform led by principal investigator Dr. Parminder Raina of McMaster University, along with co-principal investigators Dr. Susan Kirkland of Dalhousie University, and Dr. Christina Wolfson of McGill University. 

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada’s health research investment agency which collaborates with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve health and strengthen our health care system. 

To view a full list of the relevant research areas, available funds, and eligibility click here.  To learn more about available CLSA data, view the Data Preview Portal