TVN: Transformative Grant Program

tvn_logo_enTVN invites researchers and their teams to submit large transformative research projects that have the potential to revolutionize the care of frail elderly Canadians. This program is designed to fund exceptionally innovative research projects that will have a major economic and social impact on the current Canadian health care system.

TVN defines transformative research as projects that aim to significantly change current practice as it pertains to the frail elderly through the application of current or new scientific/medical concept(s), methodology(ies) or practice(s). It is expected that if successful the knowledge generated from these projects would be applied widely across the Canadian health care system. Transformative research that would be eligible for funding are projects that:

  • are being scaled up from existing successful demonstration projects
  • apply pathways, processes, tools or technology developed from existing knowledge or evidence into the care of the frail elderly
  • apply care pathways currently in practice in other health care systems in the world
  • build on current TVN funded research to apply it to wider health care systems, more regions or provinces

Small-scale feasibility studies or strictly observational studies are not eligible for funding under this competition.

Submitted proposals are expected to be larger and longer grants than traditionally funded by TVN.  Grants can be up to 3 years in length and have a maximum budget of $3M ($1M per year).

Funding of projects will be contingent upon TVN being renewed by the Networks of Centres (NCE) of Excellence for its next funding cycle (2017 to 2022).   Applicants (projects) chosen for funding will be notified in the spring of 2016. Full funding, contingent upon NCE renewal, will start the spring of 2017.

For full details on this competition, including eligibility criteria, partnership requirements, and a description of deliverables, please consult the Program Guidelines.

Submit Pre-application Intent to Apply — by Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 5 pm ET. To apply for funding under this RFP, you must first submit a pre-application Intent to Apply — Project Summary document. Submit by email to

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