WCHRI Relevance Criteria

Application relevance to WCHRI’s vision, mission and strategic roadmap

All applications to WCHRI must align with our vision, mission and strategic roadmap as well as to our relevance criteria. Applications with low relevance and/or alignment will not be considered fundable; regardless of scientific merit (other eligibility criteria must also be met).

Vision: To harness the power of research innovation for a healthy future for children and women

Mission: WCHRI will foster the brightest minds to discover, innovate and ultimately transform the health of children and women through supporting research excellence. 

WCHRI’s Strategic Roadmap: WCHRI has developed a five-year (2015-2020) strategic roadmap to focus our support for women and children's health research for maximum impact. The roadmap was created after extensive consultation with our members, partners and funders, and builds upon our past successes. The plan focuses on four strategic areas:

  1. Research-integrated hospitals and communities
    Improve health outcomes for children and women through research embedded at the point of care.

  2. Children's health and well-being
    Identify effective treatments to address the unique health needs of children; improve our understanding of rare and complex childhood diseases.

  3. Healthy development
    Optimize maternal and infant health outcomes; develop early intervention and prevention strategies to reduce the risk for lifelong chronic disease.

  4. Lifelong women's health
    Support research that addresses mechanisms related to the unique health needs of women; improve reproductive health outcomes.

To establish relevance, all applications must clearly address the following:

  • The primary research question must be directly relevant to women and/or children’s health.
  • The research question should specifically target improving outcomes for women and/or children through health research.
  • If applicable, the animal model must be clearly justified and provide specific details that include rationale for the chosen model, animal age and sex, and relevance/applicability to the research question.
  • Methodology, including details of study design must be sufficient to demonstrate benefit, impact, and/or potential for improved women and/ or children’s health outcomes.

The above items are some common considerations; alternative or additional factors may need to be included depending upon the proposed research.