Sepsis Research Network Initiative

The CIHR Sepsis Research Network Initiative is co-led by the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) and the Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) in partnership with the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD), the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) and Mitacs.

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The purpose of the Sepsis Research Network (Network) funding opportunity is to fund a single nationally coordinated research network with the goal of further understanding the causes and improving the prevention, detection and management of sepsis. The Network will bring together experts from different disciplines working collaboratively on a number of inter-related research projects under an integrated and unified program of research. The relevant research areas for this funding opportunity are:

  • Understanding the pathogenesis, causes and possible prevention of sepsis;
  • Improving the prevention, detection and management of sepsis;
  • Understanding the roles diabetes mellitus and glucose control have on outcomes in patients with sepsis;
  • Understanding the roles metabolism and nutrition may play in the treatment and outcomes for patients with sepsis.

Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $5,800,000, enough to fund approximately four (4) Letters of Intent and one (1) Full Network grant. The specific objectives of the Sepsis Research Network Initiative are to:

  • Improve the identification of pathogenesis, prevention (including understanding and addressing underlying risk factors), detection and management of sepsis in Canada through coordinated national research activities across the CIHR research themes to generate new knowledge, technical and scientific expertise.
  • Accelerate the iterative, bi-directional translation of evidence into practice for improved patient experience and outcomes through coordinated multi-sectoral, multi-theme, and multi-disciplinary activities and knowledge sharing.
  • Develop and validate interventions that change significant aspects of practice; evaluate outcomes of implementation of interventions; and, accelerate the translation of research discoveries, and best and wise practices, to bridge gaps between research outcomes and health impact.
  • Build and promote relevant research capacity, including training and early career development, by providing high-quality, multi-disciplinary training and mentoring through active engagement of established researchers, early career investigators and trainees.

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