CIPSRT, in its role as the Knowledge Exchange Hub for the National Research Consortium, will coordinate and support dissemination of high quality research by facilitating extensive knowledge dissemination and mobilization; and enabling ongoing engagement between the research community, public safety personnel (PSP), and decision makers within the public safety community.

CIHR will administer $15 million over five years to respond to the evolving needs for health research dedicated to public safety personnel, through its established competitive process by:

  • funding research on targeted priority areas relating to post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI) among public safety personnel;
  • building research capacity in this under-developed area and training the next generation of health researchers; and
  • supporting knowledge translation activities that facilitate the application of research results and their transformation into new policies, practices, procedures, products and services.

CIHR has launched two new research competitions to build on previous federal government investments in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and PTSI research, and to develop new research evidence and tools needed to address existing and emerging gaps in PTSI and other mental health related concerns among PSP in Canada:

  1. Catalyst grants for PTSI research in public safety personnel
  2. Mental Wellness in Public Safety Team Grants

Researchers funded by CIHR through these two competitions will become part of the National Research Consortium for Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries among Public Safety Personnel and therein work with CIPSRT which serves as the Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Consortium.