Important Dates

The below dates pertain to the Expression of Interest. Following review of the Expressions of Interest, full Research Funding Applications will be solicited by the Centre of Excellence.

  • Applications Open: April 1, 2021
  • Applications Close: May 31, 2021
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: June 30, 2021


In recognizing that Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members each experience their transition to civilian life differently, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has established a model of well-being for life after service, called the Seven Domains of Well-being. This model considers well-being across seven domains: employment or other main activity, finances, health, life skills and preparedness, social integration, housing/physical environment, and cultural and social environment (Government of Canada, 2019).¹

Although the Seven Domains of Well-being have been identified, there is not yet agreement on how to measure them. As a result, the Centre of Excellence is undertaking research to define optimal constructs to measure each of the Seven Domains. This research project will be a knowledge synthesis to find the optimal construct(s) to measure the Domain of ‘Housing and Physical Environment.’ This will be a one-year research project. 

For the purposes of this competition, we are using VAC’s definition of ‘Housing and Physical Environment.’ Click here for further information. 


  • Identify and describe instruments that measure ‘Housing and Physical Environment’ and report on their psychometric properties;
  • Identify the instrument for ‘Housing and Physical Environment’ that provides the best balance of reliability, validity, and simplicity of measurement for future research in this area.

Funding Available

The total funding available for this one-year research project is $75,000 CAD.


  • The proposed research must aim to improve the lives of Canadian Veterans, and their families, suffering from chronic pain;
  • The Principal Investigator identified must be an independent researcher affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution with an academic appointment that continues until the conclusion of the funding period;
  • The Principal Investigator identified must have successfully completed a course in Sex and Gender-Based Analysis Plus (SGBA+) from a recognized Canadian institution and submit a Certificate of Completion for verification.

How To Apply

The Centre of Excellence uses an e-mail application process. Please complete the Expression of Interest and the Terms and Conditions and submit both documents in PDF format, along with all required attachments, via e-mail to


All Expressions of Interest are adjudicated by the Centre of Excellence. All applicants will be notified of the results of the adjudication. Successful applicants will be asked to submit a Research Funding Application. Applicants who are not successful will be withdrawn from the competition.


Click here to view our Funding Guidelines, which provide further information on application, review, results, funding, integrity, and Sex and Gender-Based Analysis Plus (SGBA)+. All applicants are expected to read these guidelines thoroughly before applying. Applications that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered. 

¹ Government of Canada. (6 November 2019). Well-Being Framework. Retrieved from

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