January 31 2013

The Graham Boeckh Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research are pleased to launch a call for expressions of interest through their partnership, TRAM, for an upcoming research network.  This will involve bringing together Canada’s youth mental health communities to collectively build one unique pan-Canadian research-to-practice network.  The intent is to identify the groups, resources, and ideas that will form a pan-Canadian network.  Interested stakeholders are encouraged to take part.

Call for Expressions of Interest

Transformational Research in Adolescent Mental Health

A partnership of the Graham Boeckh Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

What is TRAM?

Transformational Research in Adolescent Mental Health (TRAM) is a partnership of the Graham Boeckh Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

TRAM’s goal is to work with mental health communities over the next year to collectively build one unique pan-Canadian research-to-practice network. Together the partners will invest $25M over a period of five years.

TRAM is a core initiative under CIHR’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) – transforming the health system through provincial/territorial and stakeholder partnerships which create high-impact research.

What will the funded network do?

Through research and implementation of transformative intervention approaches, the network will catalyze fundamental change in youth and adolescent mental health care in Canada. In five years, new approaches, proven in at least one setting, will be substantially increasing the number of 11-25 year olds who are identified as in need of services and who subsequently will receive quality, timely and appropriate care.

What will the network development process look like?

Over the coming months, a unique, iterative development process will link and connect the innovative ideas and people to prepare complete pan-Canadian network proposals, and ultimately, select one to fund. Through this three-phase process, a network will emerge:

Phase I: Expressions of Interest and Strengthening Workshop

Phase II: Letters of Intent

Phase III: Full proposals

Who is eligible to apply to this call for Expressions of Interest?

Expressions of Interest can come from two kinds of participant groups:

  1. Proponents of a nascent proposal for a full pan-Canadian research-to-practice network
  2. Teams which could become part of a pan-Canadian research-to-practice network


All Expressions of Interest must include active participation from stakeholders with a direct interest in the mental health needs of 11-25 years olds, including:
1) patients/family representatives;
2) policy makers;
3) researchers;
4) service providers;
5) community organizations, and other stakeholders as appropriate.
While leadership can come from any stakeholder group, we encourage co-leadership models.

What should you expect if you submit an Expression of Interest?

In Phase I, the intent is to identify the key groups, resources and ideas which may be important components of a pan-Canadian network. The intent is to ensure that great ideas and teams all have a chance to participate in the Network development process, even if they are not yet integrated into a pan-Canadian network. In Phase I, participants are applying to partake in a network development process, not for traditional grant funding.

The leadership of applicant groups making proposals that are selected through the Expression of Interest MUST participate in the TRAM Strengthening Workshop, scheduled for June 26-28, 2013. Instructions can be found on the RFA link below.

Jacques Hendlisz

TRAM Partnership Lead/Responsible du partenariat TRAM

C: 514-952-2739

T: 613-954-2474