July 27, 2017


Funding Opportunities


URGENT! CRINA Trainee Funding Opportunities (July 29, 2017)

We are pleased to announce the availability of the following scholarships:

  • La Vie En Rose Scholarship for Fundamental Breast Cancer Research
  • B. Alberta Cancer Foundation William Herbert Young Cancer Research Graduate Scholarship

Deadline: July 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm

For information on eligibility, value, duration and other details, click HERE.  Please ensure that you send the complete application package (including unofficial transcripts) to crina@ualberta.ca.


URGENT! Stars in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (August 3, 2017)

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, has launched a funding opportunity open to applicants in low- and middle-income countries and Canada: Stars in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (RMNCH).

Stars in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health seeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that could transform how persistent challenges in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health are addressed in low- and middle-income countries. Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $100,000 CAD over a maximum of 12 to 18 months.

Of particular interest to Grand Challenges Canada are innovations to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in humanitarian contexts, notably among internally displaced and refugee populations, as well as innovations that improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls, so that they are empowered and have greater influence over their lives and futures.

Deadline: August 3, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. ET

For more information, click HERE.


URGENT! Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network  (LOI: August 11, 2017)

The Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network is pleased to announce the 2017 Programmatic Grant call.

Please note that in addition to the listed requirements, a preliminary network Letter of Intent (LOI) is due August 11, 2017. If you are interested in applying to this funding opportunity, please contact the Alberta Network Coordinator Cliff Lindeman (clindema@ualberta.ca; Ph: 780-248-2005) as soon as possible.

Deadline: September 26, 2017


URGENT! Call for Proposals: Collaborative Project Seed Funding (August 18, 2017)

Summary
The Western Canadian Universities Big Data Health Conference (WCUC) is a partnership between the universities of British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The primary goal of this event, taking place on September 28-29, 2017 in Banff, AB, is to foster collaboration between the Western Canadian medical schools.

To do this, seed funding has been gathered with the intention of encouraging up to four cross-jurisdiction collaborative research projects (one project per participating sponsor University). This seed funding is designed specifically to increase the competitive edge of medicine faculty:

  • To pursue and submit future grant applications to tri-council or provincial funding agencies.
  • Create and engage multi-disciplinary teams from the collaborative partnership universities in Western Canada.

For more details regarding this seed funding, including amount/s, eligibility, submission process, and expectations of the award, click HERE.

Deadline: August 18, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. MDT


URGENT! Planning and Dissemination Grants – Institute/initiative Community Support (Summer 2017 Competition – August 22, 2017)

Planning and Dissemination Grants are intended to provide support for planning and/or dissemination activities consistent with the mandate of CIHR and relevant to CIHR Institutes, or Initiatives. The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

  • to support planning activities, partnership development and/or increasing understanding of the health research landscape that will contribute to the advancement of research consistent with the mandate of CIHR; and/or;
  • to support dissemination events/activities that focus on the communication of health research evidence to the appropriate researcher and/or knowledge user audience(s), tailoring the message and medium as appropriate.

CIHR-Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA)
The CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA) will provide funding for applications that are determined to be relevant to its mandate. CIHR-IMHA’s mandate is to support ethical and impactful research to enhance active living, mobility and oral health, and to address the wide range of conditions related to bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, skin and teeth. More information on the research priorities of CIHR-IMHA can be found on their website.

$50,000 is available to fund applications relevant to CIHR-IMHA. The maximum amount awarded for a single grant is $10,000 per annum for up to one (1) year.

Global Health
The CIHR Institutes of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH) and Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA) in collaboration with the CIHR InstiPlanning and Dissemination Grants – Institute/initiative Community Support

Deadline: August 22, 2017

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


WCHRI Clinical/Community Research Integration Support Program (CRISP) Grant competition — application deadline September 12

WCHRI is pleased to announce that the Clinical/Community Research Integration Support Program (CRISP) competition is now open. The goal of this program is to fund high impact clinical and/or community research that has the potential to improve health outcomes and/or influence clinical practice at the point of care for women and/or children.

Applications are peer-reviewed by the Clinical/Community Research Integration Support Program (CRISP) Grant Advisory Committee. Funding of up to $20,000 is available for a three-year period.

Deadline: September 12, 2017

For further information, and to apply, please visit the CRISP website.


SPOR Rewarding Success Initiative

To change the paradigm of how successful innovative implementation research is rewarded, CIHR has designed the SPOR Rewarding Success Initiative that will incentivize multidisciplinary research teams and their partners to enhance value-based care, health system sustainability, and health outcomes. Teams will design, implement, and evaluate interventions in healthcare delivery organization(s) that aim to produce healthcare cost savings and/or improved health system efficiency.

The SPOR Rewarding Success Initiative is an experimental funding model that is being piloted in five provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland & Labrador. This initiative is similar to other funding models that have been developed to support innovation and impact, such as risk sharing, social impact bonds, and innovation prizes. The basic principle is that teams of patients, healthcare delivery organizations, clinicians, and researchers identify potential solutions to identified problems and priorities in health care; solutions that will enhance patient and provider experience while also:

  • reducing low value health care (e.g. unnecessary diagnostic tests/ drugs), and/or
  • addressing health care inefficiencies (e.g. wait lists), and/or
  • reducing avoidable morbidity (e.g. stroke).

Teams will partner with payers of health services (e.g. Ministries of Health, Regional Health Authorities, insurers, hospitals, etc.) and/or charities and philanthropic organizations who recognize the identified challenges and agree to pay for successful improvement in outcomes, efficiencies, or reduction in low value services based on actual (e.g. lower drug costs) or measured but not readily retrievable savings (e.g. reduction in hospital admissions). Teams and their payers will work together to determine the outcomes, the metrics to be measured, the value of the payback, and the mechanism of the payback. If agreed-upon outcomes are achieved, there will be redistribution of a portion of the savings by the payer, which may be returned to the multidisciplinary research team, and/or redirected into an Innovation Fund, depending upon the agreements outlined.

Important Dates

  • Expected launch date: August, 2017
  • Expected application deadline: November, 2017
  • Funding start date: March, 2018

Where can I learn more?

  • For more information, click HERE.
  • Stay tuned for the new Rewarding Success Initiative website
  • Information webinars:
    • Tuesday, September 5 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Wednesday, September 6 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    • More information on how to register for webinars to follow

For questions, please contact SPOR at spor-srap@cihr-irsc.gc.ca


Programs & Events


Undergraduate Student Summer Series: Launchpad to Research

This year’s Launchpad to Research program was a great success!  A total of 13 students participated in the program, 7 of which presented their research at the Launchpad to Research Poster Presentation.  Below is a picture of the FoN’s 2017 Undergraduate Student Summer Research Award recipients.

Thank you to all of our presenters:

  • Wendy Duggleby: Key research skills for successful careers
  • Stephanie Chamberlain: Building your CV
  • Janice Kung (Library): Effective searching for literature
  • Kara Schick-Makaroff: Writing for publication
  • Diane Kunyk: Striving and thriving in graduate studies
  • Shannon MacDonald: Choosing a research topic and finding a supervisor
  • Crystal Snyder (URI): Creating a poster & presenting your summer research
  • Rachael Flynn: Grad studies in general
  • Salima Meherali: Research ethics
  • Carla Ickert: Research data management
  • Alex Clark: Managing yourself, your work, your life

Thank you to our sponsors for making this program possible:

  • Office of the Dean, Faculty of Nursing
  • Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Nursing
  • Undergraduate Programs Office, Faculty of Nursing
  • Dr. Shannon Scott’s Canada Research Chair
  • Innovations in Seniors Care Research Unit
  • Undergraduate Research Initiative

Thank you to everyone who came by yesterday afternoon in support of research at the undergraduate level!

Pictured below (left to right): Brittany Tetreault (supervisor: Bukola Salami); Aaron Louette (supervisor: Margot Jackson); Jessica Krahn (supervisor: Vera Caine) 


Wound Management for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses:
A Best Practice Boot Camp on Lower Extremity Ulcers

This interactive two day course will provide Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses with up-to-date practices in wound management, focusing on the management of lower extremity ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. The course will equip NPs and APNs with the knowledge and skill to effectively assess, diagnose and manage lower extremity wounds. Interactive simulation lab sessions will focus on physical assessment, diagnostic reasoning, selection and use of wound treatments; and advanced wound management techniques.

Date: October 13-14, 2017

For more information and to register, click HERE.


AHS Research Challenge: Best Care Through Research

Health Professions Strategy and Practice (HPSP) and Research Innovation & Analytics (RIA) are collaborating to launch the second Research Challenge – an opportunity for teams of front-line nurses, allied health and other care providers to work together over 20-24 months (January 2018-Fall 2019) to learn about clinical research and conduct a small scale research study designed to answer their clinical practice question.

Successful applicants will receive education and mentorship from an experienced researcher to design and conduct a small scale research project.

Expressions of interest deadline: September 2, 2017

For more information, click HERE.


Important Announcements


CIHR-IHSPR Newsletter July 2017

In this issue:

Click above to find out more.

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