• David Hartell

CIHR Announces the SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease Competition


Pre-announcement: SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease

Funding Opportunity Launch: October 2014

Registration Deadline: December 2, 2014

Letter of Intent Deadline: January 6, 2015

Full Application Deadline: October 15, 2015

Anticipated Funding Start Date: January 1, 2016

CNTRP Researchers Interested in Applying to this Competition Please Contact David Hartell at davidhartell@cntrp.ca

In October 2014, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as a partner in the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) will launch the SPOR Networks in Chronic Disease funding opportunity. This funding opportunity will provide support for the development and implementation of SPOR Networks in non-communicable Chronic Diseases. For the purpose of this opportunity, non-communicable chronic disease is defined as a long-term disease that is not passed from one person to another; it evolves over time, often progressing in severity. Although a non-communicable chronic disease may be prevented and can often be controlled, it is rarely cured.

The primary objective of the opportunity will be to translate existing and new knowledge generated by basic biomedical, clinical, and population health research into testing of innovations that can improve clinical science and practice and foster policy changes, leading to transformative and measureable improvements in patient health outcomes, and in efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery within five years.

Network applicants will be expected to show that the planned program of research and knowledge translation will have a significant impact on non-communicable chronic diseases and their co-morbidities by:

  • Addressing patient-oriented research priorities and developing an interdisciplinary nation-wide agenda of outcomes-oriented research.

  • Accelerating the translation of existing and new knowledge generated by basic biomedical, clinical, and population health research into clinical science and practice and policy applications.

  • Strengthening the capacity to conduct patient-oriented research through an integrated multidisciplinary program that provides unique and innovative training and mentoring opportunities.

  • Fostering the development and implementation of evidence-informed and gender-responsive practices, policies, services, products and programs to improve patient outcomes, access to care and quality, efficiency and effectiveness of health care.

Networks must focus on first-in-human research in non-communicable chronic diseases in areas of high disease burden. Networks are strongly encouraged to explore the opportunities for impact across multiple non-communicable chronic diseases. No more than one network will be funded in any particular focus area.

Although this opportunity is intended to create networks that are national in scope, successful networks are expected to include relevant international collaborations.

Funding

Total funding available from CIHR for this initiative is $50.8M:

  • $1.0M will be available to fund up to 20 Development Grants through the Letter of Intent stage of this opportunity. Each Development Grant will have a maximum value of $50,000. Partner funds are NOT required at this stage.

  • $49.8M will be available to fund up to four distinct networks. Each successful network will receive up to $12,450,000 over five years from CIHR and must be matched at a minimum of 1:1 with funding from non-federal sources. Partner funds ARE required at the full application stage.

Visit the CIHR website for the official funding opportunity launch and information webinars.

Please contact Erica Dobson (SPOR-SRAP@cihr-irsc.gc.ca) for more information.

CNTRP Researchers Interested in Applying to this Competition Please Contact David Hartell at davidhartell@cntrp.ca


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