Important Dates

The below dates pertain to the Expression of Interest. Following review of the Expressions of Interest, Full Research Proposals will be solicited by the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence.

  • Applications Open: August 22, 2022
  • Applications Close: October 14, 2022
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: November 2022


According to the Life After Service Studies, Veterans have a much higher prevalence of chronic pain and mental health conditions when compared to the general Canadian population. 90% of those with a mental health condition report a physical health condition. This comorbidity has a disproportionate impact onVeterans’ quality of life.[i] Based on CPCoE research conducted on the research priorities of Canadian Veterans living with chronic pain, there is a need to better understand mental illness among Veterans living with chronic pain.


This research project is aimed at understanding mental health comorbidities associated with chronic pain for Canadian Veterans using secondary data (e.g., provincial health system administrative data, electronic medical record data, secondary analysis, or synthesis of observational studies). The research may focus on any relevant aspects of the comorbidity, such as prevalence, interventions, or outcomes. This will be a one-year project.

Funding Available

The total funding available for this project is $100,000 CAD.


  • The proposed project 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

CPCoE 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. Applicants can reference the CPCoE Rating Scale used here. All applicants will be notified of the results of the adjudication. Successful applicants will be asked to submit a full knowledge mobilization plan. 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. 

[i] Canada, Veterans Affairs. “Veteran Physical & amp; Mental Health.” Info Briefs - Research Directorate - About Us - Veterans Affairs Canada, 23 Nov. 2017,

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