August 22, 2017 | Catalyst Grant: Population Health Intervention Research on Legalization of Cannabis

Research Area This funding opportunity will catalyze future population health intervention research involving new cannabis legalization in Canada (i.e., the legalization and regulation of non-medical cannabis is the intervention to be studied). This initiative and the research supported will serve as an initial step in laying the foundation for future studies on the impact of cannabis legalization in Canada.
Funding Amount The total amount available for this opportunity is currently $1 million over one year, enough to fund 10 grants of up to $100,000 each for up to 1 year.
Sponsor The CIHR Roadmap Accelerator Fund (RAF) in partnership with the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) and under the co-scientific leadership of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), and Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR)
Description This funding opportunity will support the planning or implementation of projects relevant to advancing our knowledge or capacity in the following identified priority areas:

  • Collection of data (both health and non-health) for the purpose of research that is relevant to cannabis consumption (both medical and non-medical), health/social outcomes related to cannabis consumption, or demographic and social characteristics of cannabis consumers (e.g., age, sex, gender, geography, socioeconomic status, indigenous status, and other social determinants of health).
  • Developing data infrastructure related to the collection, storage, linkage, harmonization, sharing, and analysis of the above data.
  • Surveillance, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of cannabis use as well as relevant health and social outcomes, building on new or existing data platforms.
  • Understanding how specific groups may be impacted by the legalization and regulation of cannabis (e.g., youth, indigenous peoples, persons living with mental health issues or addictions) from a health and health equity perspective and what future interventions or strategies are best for maximizing benefits and minimizing harms amongst those groups (e.g., education, prevention, treatment).
  • Understand how sex and/or gender may further affect the impact of cannabis legalization and regulation on health and other outcomes.
  • Evaluating the federal and/or provincial governments’ chosen regulatory models for the implementation of cannabis policies, programs, and practices and generating evidence to inform the evolution of these activities in the future.

Full program details, including additional eligibility requirements, are available on the Population health intervention research on the legalization and regulation of non-medical cannabis in Canada funding opportunity page.


  • Dept Head signature deadline: August 23
  • Dean’s signature deadline: August 25
  • Application Deadline Date: August 29
    Anticipated Notice of Decision Date: January 16, 2018
  • Funding Start Date: March 1, 2018