The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) have announced two funding opportunities for BRIC NS and other Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations networks across the country.
The Knowledge Synthesis grants are available for projects of up to 1 year, must include at least 2 participating provinces, and have a maximum of $25,000 available from CIHR in total per funded project (with 1:1 matching funds required).
The Comparative Program and Policy Analysis grants are available for projects of up to 2 years, must include at least 2 participating provinces, and have a maximum of $125,000 available from CIHR in total per funded project (with 1:1 matching funds required).
These competitions include an internal Network-level Common LOI. The purpose of the Common LOI process is to formally identify to the PIHCI Networks the projects that intend to apply to the CIHR opportunities so that we can ensure relevance to provincial priorities, facilitate any other cross-provincial collaborations required, and provide adequate support to obtaining letters of support etc.
On April 29, 2017 Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener (School of Nursing, Dalhousie University) received a Live More Distinction Award for Research from the Northwood Foundation for her research on nurse practitioners in long-term care.
Few times in life are as fraught with challenge and emotion as the final year of life—whether a person is in the end stages of a fatal illness or is simply failing as they grow older and increasingly frail under the burden of multiple chronic conditions.
Members of the public joined some of Nova Scotia’s leading primary healthcare researchers to help set the direction for future initiatives in this vitally important area of health research. BRIC NS, Building Research for Integrated Primary Healthcare, hosted the citizen-engagement event in the community room of the Barrington Street Superstore in Halifax on April 26, 2017.
BRIC NS held its first Project Incubator of 2017 on Monday, March 27. With a focus on project development, particularly for projects that will be submitted to one of the upcoming SPOR PIHCI Network funding opportunities, groups divided into three key priority areas:
Meeting mental health care needs in the community through primary healthcare
Chronic disease management
Coordination through a central location (such as a wellness centre)
Community focused care for seniors and those approaching the end of life
Moving ideas into action, outcomes for the meeting included:
The development of core project teams and ownership for projects
Fine tuning of research questions
The outline of plans and next steps
Identifying which other team members are needed (e.g. knowledge users, patients, clinicians, policy makers, other research expertise, etc.)
Projects looking for new team members, ways to spread the research, and/or are moving on to the next phase of development were also presented.
Attendees are encouraged to connect with BRIC NS as they move their projects forward.