IHSPR Newsletter – May 2015

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Message from Dr. Robyn Tamblyn, IHSPR Scientific Director

We are fully in conference season and it’s a wonderful time to meet with old and new colleagues and learn how the health system is performing and how research measures and improves important indicators of success.

The team here at IHSPR is working hard at our annual Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference this year in Montreal.

It’s always an honour to announce the winners of IHSPR’s Article of the Year and Rising Star awards, ahead of CAHSPR. We hope you take a moment to help us congratulate and recognize the achievement of this year’s remarkable recipients. We’ll be learning how to use the international Commonwealth Fund Data in collaboration with CIHI.

Following the success of our 10 regional eHealth Innovations Partnership Program workshops with over 500 participants, we’ll be at the eHealth 2015 conference to share what we’ve learned about creating health care innovation communities.

In the realm of data and health information, it’s important to note that the Canadian Council of Academies (CCA) has officially released their report on recommendations for Accessing Health And Health-Related Data in Canada.

We hope to see you on the conference circuit this spring!

— Robyn Tamblyn
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The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) would like to congratulate the 2014-15 Article of the Year and Rising Star Award winners.

The Article of the Year Award recognizes published research that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the field of health services and policy research in Canada while the Rising Star Award recognizes the research excellence and knowledge translation initiatives of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Don’t miss the CAHSPR 2015 conference in Montreal where you’ll be able to meet many of the awardees!

Article of the Year

Rising Star

Pre-Conference Workshop

CAHSPR 2015 Pre-conference workshop: Understanding Health Systems with Commonwealth Fund data

Learning from Each Other: Across disciplines, jurisdictions and generations
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 – Thursday, May 28, 2015
Pre-Conference Day – Monday, May 25, 2015
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal (formerly Hilton Bonaventure)

eHealth 2015 Pre-Conference Symposium

eHealth 2015 Pre-Conference Symposium: Learning from Innovation Communities

Sunday, May 31, 2015
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Contact us for free registration.

Funding News



  • Knowledge Synthesis Grant
    Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

    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 per knowledge synthesis – $100,000
    Maximum amount per scoping review – $50,000
    Grant duration – One year

  • Collaborative Health Research Projects (NSERC Partnered) (2015-2016)
    Letter of Intent Deadline: May 15, 2015
    Application Deadline: October 1, 2015

    In the context of improved health for Canadians, the objectives of Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) are to:

    • Translate research results to knowledge/technology users and other stakeholders;
    • Encourage the natural sciences or engineering and health research communities to collaborate and integrate their expertise;
    • Advance interdisciplinary research leading to knowledge and technologies with the potential to benefit Canada by improving the Canadian healthcare system and/or services and where appropriate lead to economic opportunities in Canada; and
    • Train highly qualified personnel in collaborative and interdisciplinary research of relevance to health, while preparing them for employment opportunities in the private, public or not for profit sectors.

    Funds available – $20,700,000
    Grant duration – Three years

  • Innovative Ebola Research Grants
    Registration Deadline: May 25, 2015
    Application Deadline: June 8, 2015

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to support innovative research projects relating to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) with achievable outcomes, and with strong potential to have an impact on the management of EVD in the current outbreak, or to prevent or improve the response to potential future EVD outbreaks, by the end of the funding period.

    Relevant Research Areas

    • Ebola biology
    • Ebola treatment
    • Transmission, spread, containment and prevention of Ebola
    • Study of the impacts of the Ebola crisis on health system utilization patterns by different population groups in affected regions; the cost-effectiveness of health system resource development strategies in response to the Ebola crisis; the sustainability of health workforce and other health system resource allocation strategies once the Ebola crisis subsides.

    Funds available – $ 2,400,000
    Maximum amount per grant - $250,000 per year
    Grant duration – One year

  • Travel Awards - Institute Community Support (Spring 2015)
    Application Deadline: May 29, 2015

    The specific objective of this funding opportunity is: to provide travel awards to individuals in aid of research and knowledge translation activities consistent with CIHR Institutes’ vision, mandate and strategic directions where the circumstances fall outside CIHR's current suite of funding programs.

    IHSPR funds available – $ 25,500
    Maximum amount per IHSPR award - $1,500 per year
    Grant duration – One year

  • Health, Wellbeing & Extended Working Life
    Application Deadline: June 2, 2015

    The objective of this call is to support innovative and interdisciplinary research into the drivers to, and constraints on, extending working life. Research is expected to cross the traditional boundaries of Government departments and occupational sectors and to examine the implications of extending working life for older workers (50+), new labour markets, health, wellbeing and intergenerational equity.

    In this context, this call invites proposals for funding research into one or more of four broad topics:

    1. Modern work factors
    2. Longer working life & Inequality
    3. Health challenges
    4. Caring responsibilities

    Canadian funds available – $750,000 for approximately three grants
    Maximum amount per grant - $83,333 per year
    Grant duration – Three years

  • IHSPR Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey Dissemination Award 2015-2016
    Application Deadline: December 18, 2015

    The objective is to support dissemination activities arising from analyses using Canadian and international comparative data from the 2014 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey to the appropriate knowledge user audience(s).

    Funds available - $25,000 for approximately 10 grants
    Maximum amount per grant - $2,500 per grant
    Grant duration – One year

Training and Salary Awards/Fellowships

  • Fellowship: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program (2015-2016)
    Application Deadline: September 23, 2015

    The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

    • attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
    • develop their leadership potential
    • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow

    Funds available – $ 3,220,000 for approximately 23 awards
    Maximum amount per grant - $70,000 per year
    Grant duration – Two years

  • Undergraduate: CIHR Health Professional Student Research Award (2015-2016)
    Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

    The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

    • to provide research training to support students in health professional degree programs leading to licensure in Canada;
    • to help develop the next generation of clinical researchers.

    Funds available – $1,000,000
    Maximum stipend per award – $5,961
    Grant duration – 13 weeks

Accessing Health And Health-Related Data in Canada - Council of Canadian Academies Report

The Council of Canadian Academies released its newest Expert Panel report. “Accessing Health and Health-Related Data in Canada” examines the challenges of accessing data while ensuring privacy is protected and public trust is maintained. Overall, the Panel determined there is an important opportunity for Canada to move from a culture of caution to a culture of trust.

“This report is particularly timely as we have seen an explosion in the volume and variety of health data that is generated,” said Andrew K. Bjerring, Chair of the Expert Panel.

“Health data are essential for research aimed at improving health outcomes, managing costs, and accelerating health-care sector innovation. However, accessing data in a timely way must be weighed against respecting privacy and maintaining public trust. Our report considers best practices that meet these twin goals.”

Read the report.

Funding Decisions

Learn about CIHR funding decisions

Catalyst Grant: HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research (2014-2015) - General Stream

Health services and policy research focused

Lead (Institution) Project Title
Cecilia Benoit, Rachel Phillips, Charlotte Reading (University of Victoria) Sex Workers as Educators: Networking HIV Prevention Strategies
Jacqueline Gahagan (Dalhousie University) Community Preparedness in the Context of HIV Point-of-Care-Testing in the Atlantic Region: Are Our Communities Ready?
Lance McCready, Shannon Ryan (University of Toronto) Adapting HIV Prevention Resources, Programs and Services for Newcomer and Refugee African, Caribbean, Black Men Who Have Sex With Men (ACBMSM): Assessment and Selection

Operating Grant: HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research (2014-2015) - General Stream

Health services and policy research focused

Lead (Institution) Project Title
Kelly O’Brien, Mehdi Zobeiry (University of Toronto) Translating Exercise into the HIV Community: Evaluating a Community-Based Exercise Intervention to Improve the Health of Adults Living with HIV
Joanne Otis, Kenneth Monteith, Martin Blais (Université du Québec à Montréal) Conjuguer prévention combinée et érotisme: Recherche évaluative participative du programme Phénix, version 2.0

Show me the Evidence

Evidence-Informed Healthcare Renewal (EIHR) – Evidence in the Making

The EIHR Signature Initiative supports researchers and decision makers to work together to advance the current state of knowledge, generate novel and creative solutions, and translate evidence for uptake into policy and practice to strengthen Canada's health care systems.

The research covers topics including: health technology assessment, child and youth mental health, caregiving*, collaborative practice in primary health care*, and interdisciplinary primary health care.

Here is a sample of these research stories.

*Part of the IHSPR Policy Round webinar series.

Aging in the Community – Evidence Makers

  • Promising Ideas for Long-term Care – Dr. Pat Armstrong
  • Making Communities More Age-friendly – Dr. Verena Menec
  • Modifying Disease Risk with Exercise – Dr. Robert Petrella


  • Institutes Modernization

    Governing Council has now completed the Institutes Model Review. As mandated in the CIHR Act and as recommended by the 2011 International Review Panel, this review assessed the structure, role, policies, financial framework and slate of the CIHR Institutes. Governing Council wishes to thank everyone for their contribution to this important process and, in particular, the members of the External and Internal Working Groups for their thoughtful reports and recommendations.

    Update message from the President

    Questions & Answers

  • Calling all researchers and data analysts - The Data Impact Challenge launches May 12!

    Have authorized access to Canadian health care data sets and the ability to conduct timely, privacy-sensitive analysis? Join the Data Impact Challenge today.  Analysts authorized to use Canadian health data sets are invited to answer at least one Challenge question for an opportunity to take part in up to $80,000 in awards.

    By analyzing data insightfully, you could help impact health care decisions in Canada – ultimately improving patient care.

    For more information about the Challenge, register for the webinar on May 12 which will discuss how to participate and the Challenge’s questions.

    Help reimagine the future of the evidenced-informed decision making process – join they Data Impact Challenge today!

  • 2015 CAHSPR Policy Forum – Learning from Failure

    The premise of this conference is that for the Canadian healthcare system to improve we have to change our attitude towards failure. More specifically, we have to create an environment that tolerates failure when it occurs, and learns from it to create a better system. Speakers at the conference will introduce this crucial idea, bringing examples from other sectors and other jurisdictions of organizations who have accomplished this change. We will explore the reasons why Canada’s healthcare system has been slow to do so, and conclude by bringing forward the key actions we need for successful change.

    Watch the event recording


Did You Know?

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