CIHR’s Spring 2023 Project Grant

We are thrilled to announce that the Global Strategy Lab (GSL) is one of CIHR’s Spring 2023 Project Grant competition award recipients to support our project “Advancing equity in cancer prevention through gender-based evaluation of international tobacco control”. This project will innovate new quantitative methods to evaluate the global gendered impacts of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

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The CIHR Spring 2023 Project program is designed to capture ideas with potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. This grant provides a platform for researchers and institutions to propel innovative projects that have the potential to make an impact on health and well-being. To secure this grant, researchers are required to formulate projects that not only exhibit scientific excellence but also demonstrate their potential to contribute positively to the advancement of health knowledge, policies, practices, and outcomes.

GSL’s proposal focused on the gendered evaluation of the global impact of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This initiative comes at a crucial juncture as the World Health Organization warns of an impending surge in tobacco-related deaths in the absence of immediate and equitable tobacco control measures.

The project aims to pioneer new quantitative methods to evaluate the gendered impacts of the FCTC. The prevailing absence of gender-inclusive approaches in tobacco control has profound implications for health and well-being worldwide. For decades, gendered patterns of tobacco use have been evident globally. Yet, a quantitative analysis of the gendered consequences of international tobacco control measures has been lacking.

With the help of a project grant, GSL will employ rigorous quantitative methods to provide knowledge users with estimates of the human cost of ignoring the gender dynamics of global tobacco control. By producing the first quantitative evidence of whether the FCTC has had gendered global impacts, we aim to generate the tools needed to empower quantitative researchers around the world to conduct gender-focused analyses of international law and ultimately design more equitable global cancer prevention interventions.

Learn more about the project below.


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