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Canadian CAM Research Fund

The Canadian CAM Research Fund (CCRF) is an annual research funding competition that was launched in September 2009. The CCRF is organized and administered by INCAM and open to INCAM members.  Grants of up to $5000 are awarded to the research project proposals identified through a rigorous peer review process.

For the 2016 CCRF competition, up to TWO grants of up to $5000 each will be awarded, thanks to the generous donation of Marja Verhoef PhD, INCAM Co-Founder. 

The application deadline is:  September 30, 2016, midnight EST


Marja Verhoef PhD

INCAM Co-Founder

2011 Dr. Rogers Prize recipient


2016 CCRF Application deadline: September 30, 2016, midnight EST


2016 CCRF application guidelines and application form:

Application guidelines (pdf)

Application form (doc)



The primary goal of the Canadian CAM Research Fund is to increase and enhance CAM research capacity in Canada by supporting and funding relevant and high caliber studies that are in line with at least one of the following research priorities:


  1. Efficacy, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and/or safety of CAM interventions (products, independent modalities and practices)
  2. Evaluation of health care delivery models that incorporate CAM
  3. Development and evaluation/assessment of CAM specific policies in the context of health care delivery in Canada
  4. Effectiveness and/or usefulness of knowledge translation activities related to CAM information (to public, practitioners, etc) dissemination.


Please note: the following types of studies are NOT eligible under the CCRF:

  • in vitro 
  • animal (non-human) studies 


For the purposes of the CCRF funding competition, studies on modalities, practices, therapies, and systems of care categorized as complementary, alternative and integrative medicine will be considered (See list as per Wieland LS). The proposed study must directly aim to assess, evaluate, examine, and/or test such an intervention.



Individuals eligible for this grant are:

  1. INCAM members only. To become an INCAM member, please visit:
  2. Established Canadian researchers affiliated with academic institutions in Canada.
  3. New researchers and research trainees in the CAM field who are completing MSc and PhD level thesis projects at a Canadian university and are under the supervision of an individual (who is an INCAM member) at an academic institution which can administer the funds on their behalf.
  4. CAM practitioners who are working with an established researcher or a research trainee at an academic institution which can administer the funds on their behalf.

     **Priority will be given to projects that that are based on collaborative relationships: between CAM practitioners and researchers across disciplines.

Individuals who do not hold any outstanding CCRF grants which they are in the process of completing. This includes Principal applicants and Co-applicants.  



Submission Requirements

  1. The Application Form must be completed in English.
  2. The text is to be typed in a 12 font. It can be double or single spaced.
  3. Note word limits indicated in the application form.
  4. All documents must be submitted in .doc or .docx format
  5. The project must be in line with at least one of the CCRF research priorities (see page 1).
  6. The project must be presented as a structured description of the proposed project, maximum of 2000 words. The following sections are required: Background; Rationale and Objectives; Research Design and Methodology, including planned analysis; and Significance of research.
  7.  A detailed outline of the proposed budget (this must include specific expense items and estimated costs) must be submitted. PLEASE NOTE: Applicant’s salaries and indirect costs of the university to conduct research are NOT an eligible expense or budget item.
  8. To support the application, the following documents are required:
  • reference list (of literature cited in the application),
  • short curriculum vitae for all applicants (max. 4 pages each),
  • ethics approval (if applicable or available). Note; if not available at the time of submission, ethics approval (if applicable) must be provided prior to funds being released.

9. To support the application, the following documents (up to 10 pages) may be submitted as Appendices to the application but are optional:

  • data collection instruments (questionnaire; outcome measure(s); interview guide)
  • letters of support from partners


Funding Requirements:

Funds will only be released upon receipt of a copy of the ethics approval letter for the proposed study, if applicable and a signed copy of the funding agreement. CCRF grants are to be used within a 1 year period from the release of the funds. Extensions may be considered with advance notification.


Follow-up Requirements:

Grant recipients are required to submit a progress and final report. A report template will be provided to the principal applicant. All CCRF grant recipients are strongly encouraged to submit and present the findings of the funded study at the subsequent INCAM Research Symposium.



Application deadline: September 30, 2016, midnight EST


Complete and submit electronically by the indicated deadline the CCRF Application Form and all supporting documents. 


 The CCRF Application Form consists of three (3) sections, which must be completed:


Section 1: General information


Section 2: Projection Information

  1. Ethics approval
  2. Research priorities
  3. Project Description
  4. Dissemination plan
  5. Proposed budget
  6. Lay summary
  7. Additional information (required)
  8. Additional information (optional)


Section 3: Signature Sheet


Supporting documents:

The following documents are required:

  • reference list (of literature cited in the application),
  • short curriculum vitae for all applicants (max. 4 pages each),
  • ethics approval (if applicable or available).


The following documents may be submitted but are optional:

  • data collection instruments (questionnaire; outcome measure(s); interview guide)
  • letter(s) of support


Submission of Application:

Please read and follow the instructions provided in the CCRF Application Form regarding formatting for submission of each section.


An electronic version of the completed CCRF 2016_Application Form and all supporting documents must be e-mailed to Teresa Tsui at no later than September 30, 2016 by midnight EST.

2016 CCRF application guidelines and form:

Application guidelines (pdf)

Application form (doc)



  • Acupressure
  • Acupuncture (e.g., needle acupuncture, electroacupuncture)
  • Alexander technique
  • Aromatherapy
  • Arts therapy (e.g., dance therapy, drama therapy, music therapy)
  • Ayurvedic traditional medicine (Ayurveda)
  • Balneotherapy
  • Bee products (eg, honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, venom)
  • Biofeedback
  • Chelation therapy†
  • Chinese traditional medicine
  • Chiropractic (i.e., spinal manipulation)
  • Color therapy (i.e., chromotherapy)
  • Craniosacral manipulation
  • Dietary supplements (non-herbal)† (e.g., vitamins, hormones, amino acids)
  • Diet therapy† (e.g. low fat diets, vegan diets)
  • Distant healing
  • Electric stimulation therapy† (eg, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
  • Electromagnetic therapy†
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Feldenkrais method
  • Herbal supplements (eg, echinacea, garlic)
  • Homeopathy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygenation†
  • Hypnosis
  • Imagery (i.e., visualization techniques)
  • Light therapy† (phototherapy)
  • Magnetic field therapy† (eg, transcranial magnetic stimulation)
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Morita therapy
  • Moxibustion
  • Naturopathy
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Ozone therapy†
  • Play therapy
  • Prolotherapy
  • Qi gong
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki therapy
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Snoezelen
  • Speleotherapy
  • Spiritual healing (eg, prayer)
  • Tai chi
  • Therapeutic touch
  • Traditional healers and healing practices (other than Chinese) (eg, Kampo, Shamanism)
  • Tui na
  • Ultrasonic therapy†
  • Yoga†

Depending upon the condition being treated, these therapies may also be standard Western allopathic treatments. 

Reference:  Wieland LS, Manheimer E, Berman BM.  Altern Ther Health Med . 2011; 17(2): 50–59.


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If you have any questions regarding this funding competition or the application process, please contact Teresa Tsui: