Pre-Launch Announcement – Building Canadian Capacity for Systematic Reviews and Guidelines

December 7, 2016

Anticipated Timelines:

  • Program Launch: 2016-12
  • Application Deadline: 2017-05-16
  • Application Decision: 2017-08
  • Funding Start Date: 2017-07-01

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research through Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is pleased to announce the development of a funding opportunity to support the creation, implementation and maintenance of a pan-Canadian organization that will coordinate and build capacity in knowledge synthesis and guideline development, dissemination and uptake in Canada.

SPOR is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time. The objective of SPOR is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care. 

Since its launch in 2011, SPOR has implemented five key elements of the Strategy: Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Units; SPOR Networks; Improving the Clinical Trial Landscape; Developing Capacity and; Patient Engagement. This work has been realized through a coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners all dedicated to the integration of research into care.

Through consultation with the provinces and territories, it is felt that a concerted, well-resourced, collective approach is needed in Canada to ensure that systematic reviews and evidence-informed practice guidelines are rigorously developed and effectively implemented so as to improve quality of care and health outcomes.

Some of the key features envisioned of the successful applicant team are the following:

  • Contribution to advancing methods in systematic reviews and guidelines;
  • Systematic Reviews on topics of priority as articulated by the provinces and territories;
  • Support for Guideline Development and Dissemination;
  • Creation of a robust training and capacity development environment that focuses on systematic reviews, guideline development and dissemination strategies;
  • A robust patient engagement strategy;
  • National coordination of a comprehensive knowledge translation strategy in collaboration with national and international groups;
  • Clear and meaningful linkages to the SPOR SUPPORT Units and SPOR Networks; and
  • Strong linkages with national health professional associations.

Patient-oriented research refers to a continuum of research that engages patients as partners, focusses on patient-identified priorities and improves patient outcomes. This research, conducted by multidisciplinary teams in partnership with relevant stakeholders, aims to apply the knowledge generated to improve healthcare systems and practices.

CIHR will contribute up to $5 million over five years.  These funds will require a 1:1 match of funding from non-federal sources.

Full program details will be available in the coming weeks. For questions about this strategic initiative and research objectives, please contact:

Serenna Dastouri
Associate, Major Initiatives
Canadian Institutes of Health Research   

Nancy Mason MacLellan
Manager, Major Initiatives
Canadian Institutes of Health Research 

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