Pre-announcement: SPOR Networks – Knowledge Mobilization and Implementation Science Grants

This funding opportunity is now available on ResearchNet.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to announce the upcoming SPOR Chronic Disease Networks funding opportunity to support knowledge mobilization and implementation science.

Anticipated Timelines*

Program Launch: August 2021
Application Deadline: November 9, 2021
Notice of Decision:  March 31, 2022
Funding Start Date: April 1, 2022
*These timelines are estimates and subject to change.


The Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is a national coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners, including patients, health authorities, academic health centres, charities, philanthropic organizations, private sector, and others, dedicated to the integration of research into care. The vision for SPOR is that Canada will demonstrably improve health outcomes and enhance the health care experience for patients through the integration of evidence at all levels of the health care system.

The SPOR Chronic Disease Networks are national, multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary networks comprising patients, health professionals, decision makers, researchers and other stakeholders. To-date, the SPOR Chronic Disease Networks focused on first-in-human research in non-communicable chronic diseases. Through their ramp up and research activities in Phase 1, these Networks have demonstrated considerable capacity development in patient-oriented research, knowledge generation, and early impacts on knowledge mobilization, practice change and public policy.

The aim of this funding opportunity is to mobilize and apply the knowledge generated in Phase 1 to improve healthcare systems and practices, to conduct research with a focus on implementation science, to support patient-oriented research capacity building and partnerships, and, ultimately, contribute to equitable health outcomes.

This funding opportunity is directed to the following SPOR Chronic Disease Networks:


The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to support the SPOR Chronic Disease Networks to:

  • Conduct patient-oriented research with a focus on implementation science;
  • Mobilize and apply knowledge generated through patient-oriented research to improve healthcare systems and practices, and ultimately, contribute to equitable health outcomes;
  • Support patient-oriented research capacity building and partnerships.

Funds Available

The total CIHR contribution for this funding opportunity is up to $18,750,000, enough to fund up to five grants. The maximum CIHR contribution per grant is $3,750,000 over four years.

Partner Contributions

Applicants must secure partner contributions from non-federal sources to match the total CIHR contribution at a minimum of a 1:1 ratio. Matching partner contributions can include up to 50% eligible in-kind contributions.

Contact information

For general inquiries please contact:

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

Disclaimer: The information contained in this pre-announcement 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 during summer 2021.

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