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IHSPR Newsletter – July 2014

July 28, 2014

Message from Dr. Robyn Tamblyn, IHSPR Scientific Director

This summer brings a slew of new funding opportunities for the entire research community. CIHR has a recently launched a variety of competitions that have something in store for doctoral students through to senior investigators.

A particularly popular funding opportunity among researchers and decision makers alike – Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) - is back again this year. PHSI, which creates an environment ripe for applied and integrated collaboration with decision makers across the country, has contributed to notable impacts on health and health system outcomes. The program has sparked and supported several innovative programs including The Evidence Network of Canadian Health Policy (Evidence Network) as well as a group of that were recently announced. Learn more about 2014 PHSI competition and how you can get involved.

Sincere thanks to the community for your continuous support and feedback into the development and refinement of the inaugural Pan-Canadian Vision and Strategy for HSPR. An exciting outcome of this initiative has been the creation of a new Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance, which is committed to helping implement the pan-Canadian Vision and Strategy. Stay tuned for more news about the Alliance (and how to get involved) and the official launch of the final pan-Canadian Strategy.

In the meantime, I encourage you to catch up with our latest season of IHSPR Policy Rounds, which shed light on important research and policy collaborations on key healthcare renewal topics.

— Robyn Tamblyn
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IHSPR Awards

IHSPR was pleased to announce the 2013-14 Article of the Year, Rising Star and Student Poster Prize winners at the May 2014 annual Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference.

Learn more about IHSPR's inaugural Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research winner Dr. Andreas Laupacis.

CIHR Awards

Read about CIHR's 2013 award winners, including Dr. Gordon Guyatt (McMaster University) for Health Researcher of the Year and Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw (University of Ottawa) for the Knowledge Translation Award.

Funding News


Reforms of Open Programs and peer review
Update to Funding Agencies' Joint Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy
Renewed Canadian Common CV (CCV) for CIHR

CIHR Open Reforms

  • Transitional Operating Grant: 2014-2015
    Registration deadline: January 9, 2015

    The Open Operating Grant Program (OOGP) will contribute to the creation, dissemination and use of health-related knowledge, and help develop and maintain Canadian health research capacity, by supporting original, high quality projects or teams/programs of research proposed and conducted by individual researchers or groups of researchers, in all areas of health.

    Please note: CIHR has made the decision to change the funding start date for the 2014 Foundation Scheme live pilot and the Transitional OOGP competitions from October 1, 2015 to July 1, 2015. With these revised timelines, CIHR will reduce the funding gap that may exist for some current grantees from 6 months to 3 months.

Other Grants

  • Partnerships for Health System Improvement: 2014-2015
    Application Deadline: October 15, 2014

    The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support teams of researchers and decision makers interested in conducting applied health services and policy research that will be useful to health system managers and/or decision makers.

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

    • Support research that reflects the emerging health needs of Canadians and the evolution of the health system, and supports health policy decision-making;
    • Support research relevant to decision makers by producing results that can be applied to multiple regions and/or settings;
    • Foster collaboration with the provinces and with individuals and organizations in or outside of Canada that have an interest in health or health research, and engage a variety of partners in or outside of Canada that have complementary research interests;
    • Promote the involvement, recognition of, and respect for health researchers from an array of health disciplines; and,
    • Enable the dissemination of knowledge and the application of health research to improve the health of Canadians, and to strengthen the Canadian healthcare system.

    Funds available: $4,800,000 for approximately 12 grants
    Maximum CIHR contribution per grant: $400,000
    Grant duration: Three years

    Please note: Applicants must secure partnership contributions from Project Specific partners and/or Competition Partners equivalent to a minimum of 20% of the total grant amount requested from CIHR.

  • Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples: Implementation Research Team Grants – Component 1
    Letter of Intent Application Deadline: August 5, 2014

    Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples (Pathways) is a CIHR Signature Initiative with an overall goal to develop a better understanding of how to design, implement and scale up population health interventions that will improve First Nations, Inuit and Métis health in four exemplar areas: Suicide Prevention, Diabetes/Obesity, Tuberculosis, and Oral Health.

    This Pathways Implementation Research Teams (IRTs) Funding Opportunity will provide funding for Component 1 Implementation Research Teams, which are team development grants to support research teams in building relationships with First Nations, Inuit, and/or Métis communities and identifying promising or effective, multi-faceted population health interventions in any of the 4 exemplar areas that are based in Indigenous practices, and scalable for inclusion in later components.

    The funding for this Component is intended to support teams as they work towards preparing an application to Component 2 and/or Component 3.

    Funds available: $800,000 for approximately eight grants
    Maximum amount per grant: $100,000
    Grant duration: 18 months

    Please note: CIHR will be launching a separate Funding Opportunity for Component 2 applications across the exemplar areas later this summer. A Component 3 Funding Opportunity is planned for a later date.

    For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Sarah Viehbeck.

  • Industry-Partnered Collaborative Research program (Fall 2014)
    Registration Deadline: August 15, 2014

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

    • encourage and facilitate mutually beneficial university-industry collaborations in health research;
    • stimulate the health research activities of private sector companies in Canada;
    • build capacity of researchers and trainees through interaction with industry;
    • enhance communications between industry and universities;
    • foster an entrepreneurial culture within and around the health research community in Canada;
    • promote economic development through health research in Canada;
    • support the application of health research results to improve the health of Canadians.

    Funds available: $2,500,000 for approximately two grants
    Maximum amount per grant: $250,000/year
    Grant duration: Five years

  • Planning and Dissemination Grants (Institute Community Support)
    Application Deadline: August 18, 2014

    IHSPR will provide funding for applications for dissemination activities (the communication of health research evidence to the appropriate researcher and/or knowledge user audience(s), tailoring the message and medium as appropriate) that are determined to be relevant to the following strategic research areas:

    • Primary and Community-Based Healthcare
    • Access to Appropriate Care across the Continuum
    • Financing, Sustainability and Governance
    • Health Information and e-Health
    • Drug Policy
    • International Comparisons (health systems and outcomes)

    IHSPR relevant projects:
    Funds available: $25,000
    Maximum amount per grant: $10,000
    Grant duration: One year

  • Proof of Principle Phase 1 (Fall 2014)
    Application Deadline: September 2, 2014

    The Proof of Principle (POP) Phase I program provides funding for proof of principle research projects of up to 12 months duration designed to advance discoveries/inventions towards commercializable technologies, with a view to attract new investment, create new science-based businesses, organizations and initiatives, and ultimately improve health outcomes for Canadians.

    In order for a research project to be appropriate for POP Phase I, the research should be at the stage where:

    • the intellectual property (IP) that needs to be protected (or is protected) has been identified and described;
    • the product/process/service, and what will be commercialized have been identified;
    • the IP has been subjected to an initial technology assessment.

    Funds available: $2,240,000
    Maximum amount per grant: $160,000
    Grant duration: One year

  • Proof of Principle Phase 2 (Fall 2014)
    Application Deadline: September 2, 2014

    The Proof of Principle (POP) Phase II program provides funding for proof of principle research projects up to 12 months in duration at the co-investment stage undertaking follow-on proof of principle activities in partnership with a non-academic investor. This funding opportunity is aimed at providing a platform to better enable the academic institution/researcher to move the discovery/invention further down the innovation pipeline.

    In order for a research project to be appropriate for POP Phase II, the research should be at the stage where:

    • the principle of the intellectual property (IP) has already been proven;
    • the applicants have acquired interest from partners willing to invest in the new technology.
    • The proposal should be for further confirmatory testing of the IP.
    • Applications focused solely on prototype construction will not be considered.
    • It is not a prerequisite to have Phase I funding in order to apply to Phase II.

    Funds available: $600,000
    Maximum CIHR contribution per grant: $300,000
    Grant duration: One year

  • Population Health Intervention Research (Fall 2014)
    Application Deadline: September 15, 2014

    The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support population health intervention research on timely programs, policies and resource distribution approaches that have been initiated by others (e.g., policy makers), have the potential to impact health and health equity at the population level and could benefit from researcher expertise and study.

    Research priorities include: environments and health; Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples; and economic analyses of population health interventions.

    Funds available: $1,453,000 for approximately seven grants
    Maximum amount per grant: $200,000
    Grant duration: Two years

    For questions about this initiative and research priorities, please contact Katherine Cole.

  • Knowledge to Action (2014-2015)
    Application Deadline: October 1, 2014

    The specific objective of this funding opportunity is to increase the uptake/application of knowledge by supporting partnerships between researchers and knowledge-users to bridge a knowledge to action gap, and in so doing, increase the understanding of knowledge application through the process.

    Funds available: $2,000,000 for approximately 10 grants
    Maximum amount per grant: $200,000
    Grant duration: Two years

    Please note: proposals should include both the translation of knowledge into action and research on the knowledge to action process

  • Knowledge Synthesis Grant: Fall 2014
    Application Deadline: November 17, 2014

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

    • To increase the uptake/application of synthesized knowledge in decision-making by supporting partnerships between researchers and knowledge users to produce scoping reviews and syntheses that respond to the information needs of knowledge users in all areas of health;
    • To extend the benefits of knowledge synthesis to new kinds of questions relevant to knowledge users and areas of research that have not traditionally been synthesized.

    Funds available: $1,500,000 for approximately 15 grants
    Maximum amount for a knowledge synthesis: $100,000 for up to one year
    Maximum amount for a scoping review: $50,000 for up to one year

Training and Salary Awards/Fellowships

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program (2014-2015)
    Application Deadline: September 24, 2014

    The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is distinguished from existing postdoctoral fellowships programs by its emphasis on the synergy between an applicant's individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career and the host institution's commitment to the research program and environment with which the applicant is to be affiliated. As such, an applicant's application to the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program must be completed in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

    Funds available: $3,220,000 for approximately 23 awards
    Maximum amount per award: $70,000 (taxable)/year
    Grant duration: Two years

  • Doctoral Research Award: 2014-2015 / Priority Announcement
    Application Deadline: October 1, 2014

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

    • To provide recognition and funding to students early in their academic research career, providing them with an opportunity to gain research experience;
    • To provide a reliable supply of highly skilled and qualified researchers.
  • Doctoral Research Award : Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (2014-2015)
    Application Deadline: November 5, 2014

    The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. It is available to both Canadian and international PhD students studying at Canadian universities.

    Funds available: $8,400,000 for approximately 56 awards
    Trainee stipend: $50,000/year


  • Harkness/CFHI Fellowships
    Canadian Application Deadline: November 17, 2014

    The Commonwealth Fund, in collaboration with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the 2015-16 Harkness/CFHI Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice.

    The Commonwealth Fund invites promising mid-career professionals—government policymakers, academic researchers, clinical leaders, hospital and insurance managers, and journalists—from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom—to apply for a unique opportunity to spend up to 12 months in the United States as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

    Fellows are placed with mentors who are leading U.S. experts to study issues relevant to the Fund's mission to support a high performing health care system and other critical issues on the health policy agenda in both the U.S. and their home countries. A peer-reviewed journal article or policy report for Health Ministers and other high-level policy audiences is the anticipated product of the fellowship.

    Learn more about the fellowship and how to apply.
    Learn more about how CFHI can support Canadian applicants.

Funding Decisions

Learn about CIHR funding decisions.

Congratulations to recently-announced award recipients:

Partnership for Health Systems Improvement (PHSI) 2013

Morton Beiser (St. Michael's Hospital), Vasanthi Srinivasan Lending a Hand to Our Future: Documenting, Assessing and Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Refugee Children and Youth

Claire De Oliveira (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), Garth Matheson, Murray Krahn Using Administrative Health Care Data to Inform Cancer Care Policy in Canada

Carole Estabrooks (University of Alberta), Heather Cook, Don McLeod, Jennifer Baumbusch, Malcolm Doupe, Janice Keefe, Adrian Wagg Advice Seeking Networks in Residential Long Term Care

Andrea Furlan (University Health Network), Garry Salisbury Evaluation of the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model for pain and opioid stewardship in Ontario

Mark Gilbert (University of British Columbia), Perry Kendall, Thomas Wong, Daniel Coombs, Gina Ogilvie Optimizing the impact of internet-based testing for the control of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men

Daren Heyland (Queen's University), Carrie Bernard, Marissa Slaven, Michelle Howard Improving General Practice Advance Care Planning. The i-GAP Study

Catherine Hudon (Université de Sherbrooke), Martine Couture, Maud-Christine Chouinard V1sages 2 - Partenaires pour une organisation optimale du continuum de soins des grands utilisateurs de services de santé et de services sociaux

Larry Lynd (University of British Columbia), Tammy Clifford Informing Future Orphan Drug Coverage Using Scenario Studies (iFOCUSS)

Lucie Nadeau (The Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre), André Delorme Soins en collaboration en santé mentale jeunesse: Caractéristiques des interventions thérapeutiques et qualité des services

Kareen Nour (Université de Sherbrooke), Jocelyne Sauvé Évaluation des effets de la pratique de l'évaluation d'impact sur la santé (EIS) en Montérégie

Marie-Pascale Pomey (Université de Montréal), Michèle Pelletier Impacts du partenariat de soins sur l'amélioration de la qualité et la sécurité des soins

Roanne Preston (University of British Columbia), David Cochrane Surgery Quality Outcome Reports (SQORs): low-cost evaluation and spread of a surgery outcomes improvement program

Caroline Temcheff (Université de Sherbrooke), Marc Sougavinski, Michèle Déry A Prospective, Longitudinal Study of Medical Service Usage comparing Boys and Girls with and without Conduct Problems

Karen Urbanoski (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), Anne Bowlby, Lucy Hume, Karen Milligan Healthy mothers, healthy families: Evaluating integrated treatment for pregnant and parenting women with addictions

Hariette Van Spall (McMaster University), Dilys Haughton, Teresa Smith, Stuart Connolly Patient-Centered Care Transitions in Heart Failure (PACT-HF): a pragmatic multi-center cluster randomized trialSunita Vohra (University of Alberta), Liana UrichukMental Health SONAR (Study of Natural health product Adverse Reactions)

New Investigator Salary Award: Winter 2013 Priority Announcement (Community-based Primary Health Care)

Cheryl Barnabe (University of Calgary) Arthritis Care for Indigenous Populations

Noah Ivers (Women’s College Hospital) Interventions to Support Long-term Adherence and Decrease cardiovascular events post-Acute Coronary Syndrome (ISLAND-ACS)

Dawn Kingston (University of Alberta) Program of Research in Perinatal Mental Health

Vicki Kristman (Lakehead University) Preventing Work Disability through Accommodation

Patricia Li (McGill University) Primary care for children: a research program aimed at improving quality of care

Joanna Sale (St. Michael’s Hospital) A mixed-methods approach to reduce the burden of illness due to fracture

Joan Sims-Gould (University of British Columbia) A Community Based Research Program Focused on "Adding Life to Later Years"

Isabelle Vedel (McGill University) Maladie d'Alzheimer : adapter et améliorer la qualité et l'efficacité des services de première ligne

Fiona Webster (University of Toronto) Finding the complex patient in patient-centred care: an institutional ethnography of chronic pain management in family medicine


Planning and Dissemination Grants – Institute Community Support (Winter 2014 Competition)

Kelly Grindrod (University of Waterloo), Mohamed Alarakhia, Catherine Burns, Diana McMurray

Semantic interoperability of exchanged information on a regional electronic health record that is used by an expanded circle of care which includes social supports and community services


Wendy Levinson (University of Toronto) Monitoring the Overuse of Medical Services Across Populations


Carolyn Steele Gray (Bridgepoint Health Research Institute) Developing the Patient-reported Outcome E-Tool for Individuals with Complex Care needs (PET-CC): A Multinational e-Health Research Partnership


Travel Awards - Institute Community Support (Winter 2014 Competition)

Kati Aubrecht (Mount Saint Vincent University) Governing through 'Impairment': A Critical Disability Studies Analysis of Dementia Care

Yvonne Bombard (St. Michael's Hospital) The value of personalizing medicine: Medical oncologists' views on gene expression profiling in breast cancer treatment

Andrea Burden (University of Toronto) Shiny and new: examining patient and physician utilization of non-oral osteoporosis medications in Ontario, Canada

Renée Carter (McGill University) A Comparative Policy Analysis of Private Financing for Diagnostic Services in 8 OECD Countries Between 1990 and 2010

Stephanie Choi (Ontario HIV Treatment Network)1. Increases in Acute Health Care Use Among People Living With HIV and Comorbid Depression in Ontario: A Longitudinal Study
2. Examination of Disparity in Access to Mental Health Services Among People Living with HIV and Comorbid Depression in Ontario

Anne Dezetter (Université de Sherbrooke) Organisation d'un symposium intitulé "Costs and benefits of improving access to psychotherapies for adults suffering from common health disorders in Canada" et présentation d'une communication orale au congrès 13th Annual international conference on Health Economics

Evelyne Durocher (University of Toronto) Discharge Planning with Older Adults: The Influence of Social and Political Systems and Contexts

Roojin Habibi (University of British Columbia) A comparison of regulatory policies governing the promotion of prescription medicines by pharmaceutical sales representatives in Canada, France and the United States

Dörte Heger (Queen's University) Informal care, work, and well-being

Pranay Jindal (McMaster University) Type and extent of knowledge translation resources published by peer reviewed rehabilitation journals

Maude Laberge (University of Toronto) Effectiveness of policies to improve diabetes care and outcomes: the case of British Columbia and Alberta

Chitra Lalloo (McMaster University) Pain-QuILT: Clinical feasibility of a web-based visual pain assessment tool in adults with chronic pain

Julia Lukewich (Queen's University) Identification of tools used to measure organizational attributes associated with chronic disease management within primary care settings

Logan McLeod (Wilfrid Laurier University) Changing the Schedule of Medical Benefits and the effect on Primary Care Physician Billing: Alberta's introduction of health service code 03.04J

Stephanie Montesanti (University of Calgary) The Participation of Marginalized Populations in Health Services Planning and Decision Making

Bernice Tsoi (McMaster University) Frameworks and taxonomies to select the appropriate modelling approach for decision-analytic economic evaluations-do different modelling approaches lead to disparate results?

Fangxiao Wu (University of British Columbia) Enhancing Mental Health Services through Collaboration between Primary Care and Public Health

Wei Zhang (University of British Columbia) The impact of price-cap regulations on exit by generic firms in Canada


  • Minister Ambrose Launches Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation

    Health Minister Rona Ambrose launched her new Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation to foster the kinds of innovation that improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of our healthcare system.

    The Minister named Dr. David Naylor to chair the panel, which is made up of prominent Canadians from across the country providing a range of perspectives and expertise. The other members are: Cy Frank, Neil Fraser, Francine Girard, Toby Jenkins, Jack Mintz, Chris Power, and Heather Reisman.

    Read more about the Advisory Panel.

  • Michael Schull receives Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) President's Award

    Dr. Michael Schull, IHSPR Applied Chair in Health Services and Policy Research and ICES President and CEO is the recipient of the 2014 Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) President's Award for the substantial impact his contributions have had in emergency medicine at the local, national and international level.

    Read more about the award.

  • SPOR Patient Engagement Workshop

    CIHR held a collaborative workshop in development of the SPOR Patient Engagement Framework this past Winter 2014. Participants from across the health care spectrum discussed:

    • aspirations for a successful SPOR Patient Engagement Framework, developing a collective vision of what success would look like in the future when a final patient engagement strategy is implemented; and
    • identified key priorities for the strategy as well as possible short- and longer-term actions.

    Learn more about the workshop and its outcomes.

Show Me the Evidence

The Spring 2014 Edition of Show Me the Evidence focuses on Personalized Medicine and the cross cutting research initiatives that have the potential to transform how we can better understand and treat disease.

Evidence Makers:

NEW Personalized Medicine for Rare Diseases - Taming Costs of New Treatments
Dr. Christopher McCabe (University of Alberta)

Personalized Medicine in Cancer Treatment - Reducing the Cost of Survival
Dr. Paul Nathan (University of Toronto)

Evidence in the making:

A Better Prenatal Test - Reducing Risk for Pregnant Women
Dr. François Rousseau (Laval University) and Dr. Sylvie Langlois (University of British Columbia)

Read the Spring 2014 Edition now!


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