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Co-Design Hub Innovation Grant

McMaster Co-Design Hub Innovation Grant: Applications Now Closed

Call for Proposals: Co-Design in Health and Social Services


The McMaster Co-Design Hub for Vulnerable Populations was established in 2019 with the goal of promoting engagement, education and innovation in co-design for individuals and communities who experience significant health and healthcare disparities that are linked to a range of intersecting vulnerabilities (e.g., poverty, language barriers, disability, minority status, stigmatized conditions). Co-design presents an opportunity for meaningful collaboration with service users and supporters at all stages of the research process, leading to development of creative solutions for improving health and social services. See website for details about the hub:

Innovation Grant Objectives:

  1. To promote innovation in co-design for health and social service improvement, with a particular focus on communities who experience inequities and structural vulnerabilities.
  2. To build capacity for high quality co-design research in the McMaster community
  3. To facilitate systematic evaluation of co-design initiatives

Value: $5,000 for a one-year project (up to 4 grants will be awarded)

This work can be done as part of or outside of coursework or thesis work (with a faculty supervisor) however can not be used for tuition or to pay the student for their time.


Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at McMaster University who are supervised by a McMaster Faculty member and engaged in partnership with a health and/or social service organization. Preference will be given to projects who include service users as co-applicants. The project must be focused on addressing a community identified health and/or social issue. Projects must be conducted between February 2021 and August 2022.

Successful grant recipients will be invited to participate in the Hub education, networking and evaluation initiatives. Research conducted with community participants may also require ethics approval.