Strategies for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) – Programmatic Grants

  • PIHCI Letter of Intent Deadline: August 11, 2017
  • CIHR Letter of Intent Deadline: September 26, 2017
  • Full Application Deadline: November 28, 2017
  • Anticipated Funding Start Date: January 1, 2018

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, through the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), has launched the SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) –Programmatic Grants funding opportunity.

This funding opportunity is part of Phase III of the PIHCI Network and will provide funding for cross-jurisdictional research projects involving a minimum of four PIHCI member networks that respond to one or more of the Network priorities (attached), which were determined in consultation with the PIHCI member networks and their stakeholders.

Prince Edward Island Priorities

  1. To develop and evaluate e-health solutions with collaborative care models for patients with complex needs – especially strategies for self-management, establishing adherence and compliance, and improving system efficacy.
  2. To evaluate the effectiveness of programs and systems of healthcare delivery within PEI on patient health, economic impact, and appropriateness of service.
  3. To develop and evaluate upstream prevention strategies for early intervention for children to promote optimal health over the lifespan.
  4. To assess and develop innovative service delivery models for frequent users of health care services, multi-morbidity, pre-frail and frail populations.
  5. To examine health and social needs of vulnerable populations and evaluate the effectiveness of program and policy interventions (e.g. low income, low education, Aboriginal).

The objective of this funding opportunity is to support cross-jurisdictional programs of research that respond to the priorities of the PIHCI Network in order to generate findings that will guide evidence-informed policy decision-making, with the intent of having an impact on the health system for all Canadians within four years. As with all projects funded through the PIHCI Network, research questions must focus on patients with complex needs across the life course (a relatively small subgroup of the population with high health needs that accounts for a significant amount of health care utilization and costs – from children to older adults)


Total funding available from CIHR for this initiative is $4M, enough to fund approximately four grants. The maximum amount per grant is $250,000 per year for up to four years for a total of $1M per grant.

  • Funding under SPOR is based on a 1:1 matching formula with non-federal sources to ensure relevance and applicability.
  • Matching partner contributions from non-federal sources can include up to 50% eligible cash equivalent contributions.

N.B.: It is required that applicants interested in applying to this funding opportunity consult with the relevant PIHCI member networks prior to conceptualizing an application and must fulfill the following PIHCIN requirements:

Provide a signed letter of support from the tripartite leadership of each member network involved, if one of the leads is not listed as a Principal Applicant. The letter should indicate which network priority/ies they are addressing in the proposal and the member network's overall support for engaging in the project and the support it will provide or mobilize.

Provide a letter of support from the provincial/territorial health policy maker. Such as the Deputy Minister, for each member network involved. The letter should state that they have been appropriately engaged in the development of the policy maker engagement plan and will be an active participant in its implementation.

An information session (PIHCI Programmatic Grants Webinar) will be held by CIHR on August 2nd, 2017.

Please contact Dr. Angela Riveroll, PICHI Network Coordinator, on behalf of Dr. William Montelpare, PIHCI Research Lead for more information:

Tel: 902-566-6790

For more information:

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