IHSPR Newsletter – January 2017

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Message from Dr. Tamblyn, IHSPR Scientific Director

Dr. Robyn Tamblyn, IHSPR Scientific Director

Happy New Year to everyone! 2017 is looking like it will be an exciting year of transition.

The recent announcement from Dr. Alain Beaudet of his retirement this March leaves us reflecting on his formidable vision and leadership, which have helped to drive transformative changes in health research in Canada. Without his leadership, we wouldn't have initiatives like the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research and its Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Networks, which have become the foundation for critical innovations in the way we do health services and policy research in order to be responsive to the needs of shifting health systems nationally.

Figure 1: IHSPR Strategic Priorities, 2015-2019

Figure 1: IHSPR Strategic Priorities, 2015-2019
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  • Strategic Priority 1: The Creation of Learning Health Systems and the Next Generation of Researchers with the Skills to Partner in Health System Learning and Transformation
  • Strategic Priority 2: eHealth
  • Strategic Priority 3: Healthy Aging in the Community
  • Strategic Priority 4: Health System Financing, Funding, and Sustainability

Although we will miss his direction, it is an opportunity to attract and capitalize on new leadership and fresh perspectives across the organization. With new Scientific Directors in the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), and the Institute of Aboriginal People's Health (IAPH), we have had to say a few farewell's recently. But we have also welcomed other new innovators and trailblazers in Dr. Brian H. Rowe, Dr. Stephen Hoffman, and certainly in the yet-to-be-determined Scientific Director for IAPH, all of whom will help to drive an invigorated vision for CIHR and health research.

At IHSPR, we're hitting the ground running in 2017. With our Strategic Plan 2015-2019 as our guide, we are targeting our 4 strategic priorities (Figure 1), which were the focus of a special issue of Healthcare Papers last fall. There are exciting new funding opportunities rolling out, new tools and resources available to our community, and high impact meetings and events in the calendar, some of which are featured in this newsletter.

Once again, I wish you all a great start to the new year!

Robyn Tamblyn

IHSPR's Annual Awards

Article of the Year
Nomination deadline: February 24th, 2017
Funding per award: one $10,000 award is awarded annually
Grant duration: one year

This award is intended to recognize published research in a peer-reviewed journal that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the field of health services and policy research in Canada.

Rising Star Award
Application deadline: February 24th, 2017
Funding per award: Up to three $1,000 awards are awarded annually
Grant duration: one year

The Rising Star Award is dedicated to supporting graduate students and post-doctoral Fellows and to recognizing the research excellence and knowledge translation initiatives of these emerging health services and policy researchers at an early stage in their career.

Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research
Application deadline: May 1, 2017
Notice of Decision: October 20, 2017
Funding per award: $25,000 for one prize per year
Funding Start Date: October 1, 2017

CIHR Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research is a career achievement award that honours and recognizes an exceptional researcher in the area of health services and policy research who has created a seminal body of work that has had a substantial impact on health services and policy research, policy and/or care delivery.

Featured Funding Opportunities

Personalized Health Catalyst Grants
Registration deadline: February 14, 2017
Application deadline: June 13, 2017
Notice of Decision: September 25, 2017
Funding per award: Up to $100,000 per year for up to 2 years
Funding Start Date: September 1, 2017

The purpose of the Personalized Health Catalyst Grant funding opportunity is to support researchers to maximize and leverage previous collaborative investments in personalized medicine, e-health and data platforms by driving evidence-based implementation of personalized health solutions that can contribute to more cost-effective and sustainable health care.

Information Webinar:
Friday January 27, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Webinar access (meeting number 550360858, password CIHR)
Toll-free number: 1-877-413-4781
Conference code: 769 622 9

Health System Impact Fellowships
Launch date: coming soon in January!!
Application deadline: April 2017
Anticipated funding start date: September 2017

As part of the Training Modernization Funding Initiative, this is a new funding opportunity offered by the CIHR Institutes of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), Aging (IA), Aboriginal Peoples' Health (IAPH), Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), and Population and Public Health (IPPH), in collaboration with Mitacs and the Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance (CHSPRA).

The Health System Impact Fellowship provides highly qualified individuals with a doctorate degree in health services and policy research or related fields a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health system and related organizations outside of the traditional scholarly setting, and to develop professional experience, new skills, and networks.

Where can I learn more?
Stay tuned for updates on the training modernization webpage and an upcoming series of information webinars in 2017. For questions, please contact Meghan McMahon at mmcmahon.ihspr@mcgill.ca.

Team Grant: More Years, Better Lives
Application deadline: April 4, 2017
Notice of Decision: December 1, 2017
Funding Start Date: February 1, 2018

The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) "More Years, Better Lives – The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change" seeks to enhance coordination and collaboration between European and national research programmes related to demographic change. This funding opportunity "Aging and place in a digitising world" is concerned with the ways in which the health and wellbeing of older people, at all stages of later life, is supported and promoted through the design of the social and physical environment, access to opportunities to learn, and the use of technologies of all kinds. Innovative, transnational and interdisciplinary collaborative projects that investigate the potential of technology, place and learning in relation with the older adult.

Only transnational projects will be funded. Each proposal must involve a minimum of three eligible applicants from at least three different countries participating in the call. The maximum number of eligible participants in a project consortium is seven.

For more detailed information including eligibility, conditions of funding, review process and how to apply, you must consult the Joint Programming Initiative - More Years Better Lives (JPI-MYBL).

Other CIHR Funding Opportunities

ICS Travel Awards
Application deadline: January 24, 2017
Notice of Decision: March, 27, 2017
Funding per award: $1500
Funding Start Date: April 1, 2017

IHSPR will provide funding for Trainees (master's and doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows) and New Investigators for applications requesting support to travel to national and international meetings, conferences or symposia to present research that is determined to be relevant to its mandate and/or the following strategic research areas:

  • Healthy aging in the community
  • Innovations in healthcare financing and funding (including international comparisons)
  • eHealth Innovations
  • Learning health systems

ICS Planning and Dissemination Grants
Application deadline: February 28, 2017
Anticipated notice of decision: April 27, 2017
Funding start date: May 1, 2017

CIHR-IHSPR will provide funding for applications for dissemination activities that are determined to be relevant to the following strategic research areas:

  • Healthy aging in the community
  • Innovations in healthcare financing and funding (including international comparisons)
  • eHealth Innovations
  • Learning health systems

CIHR-IHSPR will also support international health services and policy eHealth planning activities, with priority given to those related to ITEA, Active and Assisted Living (AAL), and More Years Better Lives (MYBL).

Upcoming International Funding Opportunities


Annual CAHSPR Conference: Towards an Accord for Change - May 24-26, 2017, Toronto

  • Registration will open in February 2017

The 2017 European Forum for Primary Care Conference: September 24-26, 2017, Porto, Portugal

  • Theme this year: The Citizen Voice in Primary Care; A social commitment to health for all!
  • Call for abstracts is open! Submission deadline May 1, 2017

Tools and Resources

New from the McMaster Health Forum

Edited by the McMaster Health Forum's director, a newly published book, entitled 'Ontario's health system: Key insights for engaged citizens, professionals and policymakers,' is now available. The goal of this book is to help make the system more understandable to the citizens who pay for it and are served by it, the professionals who work in it (and future professionals who will one day work in it), and the policymakers who govern it. Each chapter begins with key messages for each of these groups.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon.ca (or for individuals outside of Canada, on Amazon.com). If you are interested in particular topics (e.g., how money flows or how the primary care sector functions), McMaster University is making individual book chapters freely available on the McMaster Health Forum website.

Institute of Health Economics Innovation Platform

We are pleased to extend to you an invitation to JOIN an exciting initiative of the Institute of Health Economics (IHE). This initiative is the launch of an open innovation or 'crowdsourcing' platform where pan-Canadian members of the life sciences community will use an online tool (called the IHE Open Innovation PlatformTM) to collectively solve key health care policy challenges. On this Platform, ideas are submitted in a structured, moderated fashion from an invited 'crowd' around key areas of interest (called 'Campaigns'), and are discussed and strengthened by additional contribution and refinement from the crowd. The crowd prioritizes ideas by voting on the ones with the most potential.

The first Campaigns are currently available on the Platform and follow from a recent IHE Biosimilars Reimbursement Policy Forum conducted October 6, 2016. These Campaigns will facilitate ongoing engagement and discussion of topics raised at the Forum, and will help to expand and drill down upon many of the issues identified. The report from this event can be found on the Institute of Health Economics website.

Additional topics will be covered by future Campaigns as the community matures.

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