Norman Sanders Complex Care National Grant

To promote innovative, interdisciplinary research related to the broad area of complex care in children's health. The Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative fund has designated approximately $100,000 to be used annually to provide clinicians in the field of paediatric complex care in Canada with grant funding to pursue research ideas that are currently not the targeted areas of conventional funding agencies. This money would be used to fund a stand-alone project or may be used as seed money to pursue a pilot project that would then be funded by a larger granting agency. Projects eligible for funding from a disease specific granting agency or industry will not be considered.

General information

  • Subject to a competitive review process.
  • Approximately $100,000 is available per year. Maximum annual budget is $50,000.00.
  • Projects requiring more than one year of funding may be considered; however evidence of an application for other external funding will be a requirement if a second year of funding is required.
  • The budget must be thoroughly justified as preference will be given to excellent projects with an economical but feasible budget that would allow for more than 2 projects/year to be funded.

Criteria for award

Grant applications should be focused on children with medical complexity, defined as children who share the following four characteristics:

  • presence of one or more complex chronic conditions that are often multisystem and severe
  • have a functional limitation that is often significant and impacts their daily lives, often causing the child to be reliant on technology such as feeding tubes and tracheostomies
  • high health-care utilization, requiring specialized care and services from different providers in  multiple sectors
  • caregivers identify high healthcare service needs e.g. care provision in the home and care coordination which can have significant social and financial impacts of the family

**Note: Applications that specifically relate to patient populations that primarily have an underlying diagnosis with firmly established advocacy and support groups outside of ‘complex care’ and access to other funding sources (e.g. childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis, transplant patients) will not be considered for this competition.

Targeted issues

Funding aims to provide more knowledge/awareness/tools to improve care to CC population through projects which relate to a range of relevant domains/activities including:

  • Developing/testing/piloting novel models of care e.g. medical home
  • Enhancing care coordination
  • Defining/measuring/improving outcomes
  • Addressing health systems issues
  • Quality of life
  • Designing/evaluating therapeutic interventions


Physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, researchers and trainees who are affiliated with an academic health science centre or university in Canada. New and junior investigators are encouraged to apply.

Agency Name: 
SickKids Hospital
Contact Name: 
Penny D'Agnone
Grant Amount: 
Approximately $100,000 is available per year. Maximum annual budget is $50,000.00.
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External Deadline: 
Friday, August 31, 2018
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