Pre-announcement: Accelerate Evidence on Health Care Delivery System Innovations that Achieve the Quadruple Aim and Improve Health Equity Catalyst Grants

The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research and Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis are pleased to announce the launch of the Accelerate Evidence on Health Care Delivery System Innovations that Achieve the Quadruple Aim and Improve Health Equity Catalyst Grants.

Anticipated Timelines*

Program Launch: Summer 2021
Webinar(s): Spring/Summer 2021
Full Application Deadline: Fall 2021
Notice of Decision:  Winter 2022
Funding Start Date: March 1, 2022
*These timelines are estimates and subject to change.

Overview

IHSPR recently launched its new 2021-2026 strategic plan, Accelerate Health System Transformation through Research to Achieve the Quadruple Aim and Health Equity for All. The plan identifies “Accelerate the discovery of innovations that transform health care delivery systems to achieve the Quadruple Aim and improve health equity for all” as a core priority, with the Quadruple Aim being an approach to optimizing the health system through four overarching goals: improved population health outcomes, improved care and patient experience, improved provider satisfaction, and better value for cost.

In recent years, Canadian provinces and territories have made significant changes to the financing, governance, funding and delivery of healthcare services and research can play a critical role in generating evidence about which delivery system innovations work, why, for whom and in what contexts. This funding opportunity will support research to understand the impacts of macro/meso-level innovations, in how healthcare systems and services are organized, delivered, governed, held accountable, financed, and funded to achieve the quadruple aim goals and equity. The innovations being researched must have potential for transformative impact in the Canadian context and could include policies, interventions, tools, practices, technologies, models, programs and/or other solutions aimed at the level of the system or community.

This opportunity will fund one-year knowledge creation (knowledge synthesis, comparative policy analysis, or evaluation grants) and knowledge implementation (scale and spread grants, or focused implementation grants) projects aligned to one or more of the relevant research areas identified below. All projects must be grounded in an integrated knowledge translation (iKT) approach and must be of high priority to the project’s policy and/or decision maker(s).

Research Areas

General Pool (CIHR-IHSPR): This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas:

Grants must focus on macro/meso-level innovations in how health care systems and services are organized, delivered, governed, held accountable, financed, and/or funded and the impact of those innovations on one or more of the Quadruple Aim goals and health equity within at least one of the following relevant research areas:

  • Integration of care (including integrated delivery systems and continuity of care)
  • Primary, home and community-based care
  • Long-term care (including nursing home care and care provided in retirement homes and assisted living facilities)
  • The health care workforce (including funding and remuneration, training and support, scopes of practice, interdisciplinary collaboration)
  • Integrating upstream prevention within health care delivery settings to improve health, health equity and well-being, and address the social determinants of health

Specific Research Area Pools

All research funded through this opportunity must align with the General Pool description. Funds are also available for applications deemed relevant to the following research areas:

  • CIHR-IMHA Pool: The CIHR Institute for Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA) will fund at least one project relevant to one or more of its mandate areas.

Objectives

This funding opportunity is expected to:

  • Generate relevant and timely evidence about the impacts of innovations in how healthcare systems and services are organized, delivered, governed, held accountable, financed, and/or funded on the quadruple aim goals and equity, and which innovations have the most potential for transformative impact in the Canadian context;
  • Respond to a policy and/or decision maker’s evidence needs and help to inform decisions, policies or actions that advance achievement of the Quadruple Aim goals and health equity for all; and
  • Catalyze future transformative, collaborative research between researchers, policy makers, healthcare providers and patients that can be pursued through CIHR’s Project Grant competition or other relevant strategic funding competitions.

Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $1,600,000, enough to fund 16 catalyst grants at a maximum of $100,000 per year for 1 year.

Contact information

CIHR Contact Centre
For general inquiries please contact:
1-888-603-4178
support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Disclaimer: The information contained in this pre-announcement of the Accelerate Evidence on Health Care Delivery System Innovations that Achieve the Quadruple Aim and Improve Health Equity funding opportunity is subject to change and does not commit CIHR or partners to the requirements outlined in this version. The final funding opportunity will be published by CIHR in the Funding Opportunity Database in ResearchNet in Summer 2021.

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