Monday, July 24, 2006

CUHI: Call for Seed Grant Applications

Urban Physical Environments and Health
Food Security and Urban Agriculture
Neighbourhoods and Health

Deadline for application: September 29, 2006

The Centre for Urban Health Initiatives (CUHI), funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), facilitates the development of high-quality, innovative, action-oriented research that investigates the effects of local physical and social environments on the health of urban residents. CUHI is committed to supporting research that privileges community input and/or whose outcomes have community and policy relevance.

To help fulfill this mandate, CUHI provides seed grants for pilot projects, literature reviews, testing of innovative methodologies and partnership building. Priority is given to funding activities that will help with the background preparation and submission of grant proposals to other funding agencies. Priority will also be given to applications that are submitted in partnerships with academics, community agencies and policy-makers.

Research projects should relate to the topics of interest in this seed grant call by one or more of CUHI’s Research Interest Groups:

1. Urban Physical Environments and Health

  • Relationship between environmental quality, exposure to a range of toxins and/or pathogens and/or potential health effects
  • Neighbourhood-scale differences in selected aspects of environmental quality
  • Explorations of the impact of selected policies and/or best practices on urban environmental quality and by connection, wellness.

2. Food Security and Urban Agriculture

  • mechanisms to assess neighbourhood-level food security
  • interventions to improve food security in neighbourhoods
  • analysis and evaluation of Canadian food policy at the local, regional, or national scales

3. Neighbourhoods and Health.

  • research that describes, analyzes and investigates the pathways by which the dynamics of social, economic, service and built environment attributes of urban neighbourhoods shape health status across the life course.

Seed grant awards are available for projects of up to one year in length.

For more details of the Seed Grant Award and copies of the application guidelines and forms, please visit us online at

Alexis Kane Speer
Centre Coordinator
Centre for Urban Health Initiatives (CUHI)
University College, Room 259
University of Toronto
15 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7
FAX: 416-946-0669

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