Public Health Agency of Canada seeking LOIs for “Enhanced Surveillance for Chronic Disease Program”

Deadline: 17 July 2019

The Public Health Agency of Canada is currently inviting eligible organizations to submit letters of intent for its Enhanced Surveillance for Chronic Disease Program (ESCDP).

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The ESCDP provides grants and contributions funding to organizations to enhance their capacity for public health chronic disease and injury surveillance activities in order to:

  • address persistent public health surveillance evidence gaps
  • support the development of a robust evidence base on chronic diseases and conditions, injury, problematic substance use, and their risk factors in Canada

This focus is particularly important given the constantly evolving public health context and the accelerating pace of technological change, which present both new opportunities and new risks to how we collect, analyze, use and share public health data and how Canadians consume their information.

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  • Potential projects would explore the use of new technologies, tools and/or approaches to collect, use and/or disseminate data for public health action.
  • Examples include:
    • technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, etc.)
    • tools (e.g., data visualization, linkages, platforms, apps, GIS mapping, etc.)
    • approaches (e.g., alternatives to traditional surveys, application of new methodologies, etc.)

Funding Information

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The total budget for each project must not exceed $1,000,000 and the funding duration must be between 12 months (1 year) and 36 months (3 years).


The focus would be on one or a combination of the following areas.

  • Priority 1: Key populations
    • Persistent gaps remain in chronic disease and/or risk factor surveillance related to specific key populations, which are not effectively captured through current surveys or traditional methodologies.
    • Projects under this priority would explore the use of new technologies, tools and/or approaches to collect, use and/or disseminate data with a focus on key populations, where data is lacking, such as:
      • LGBTQ+
      • homeless
      • ethnic minorities
      • seniors (i.e., 65 and over)
      • rural and remote populations
      • low socio-economic populations
      • English/French minority language populations
      • other populations where data are limited
  • Priority 2: Built environment
    • The built environment (e.g., buildings, roads, public transit systems, parks) influences population health and chronic disease risk factors. The built environment is a priority of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
    • The built environment is an emerging area of interest in which the evidence base is still in the process of being established. Given the limited evidence-base, successful approaches to public health surveillance related to the built environment should be multi-sectoral in nature, and may lend themselves to non-traditional surveillance approaches.
    • Projects under this priority would explore the use of new technologies, tools and/or approaches to collect, use and/or disseminate data related to the built environment as it relates to health behaviours in the following areas:
      • active transportation
      • access to and/or use of parks and recreational facilities
    • Proposed projects should increase our understanding of these elements at both the national and local population levels. Examples include, but are not limited to, a focus on:
      • Canadians’ active and sedentary travel opportunities or patterns
      • the quality and quantity of parks and recreation facilities in Canada and Canadians’ access to these resources

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include:

  • for profit organizations
  • unincorporated groups, societies and coalitions
  • Canadian not-for-profit voluntary organizations and corporations
  • individuals deemed capable of conducting population health activities
  • provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal governments and agencies
  • organizations and institutions supported by provincial and territorial governments (regional health authorities, schools, post-secondary institutions, etc.)

Eligible Expenditures

Expenses directly related to approved projects are defined in the contribution agreement. Eligible costs include such expenses as:

  • rent
  • personnel
  • materials and supplies
  • travel and accommodation
  • costs of services and equipment
  • evaluation and dissemination costs related to the approved project

How to Apply

To obtain a copy of the letter of intent template, please contact the Public Health Agency via email at the address given on the website.

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