Funding Opportunities: Knowledge Synthesis and Comparative Program and Policy Analysis

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.

Application timeline:

Monday, January 15, 2018

Common LOI submission deadline

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Feedback sent to teams about LOI submissions

  • Will indicate if support can be given. Teams may be given an opportunity to make revisions and re-submit.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Draft proposal to PIHCI Networks deadline

  • To address any feedback from the LOI stage
  • To guide Networks Letter of Support writing
  • To inform our policy partners and any matching funders

Friday, February 23, 2018

Letters of Support provided to teams

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

CIHR Submission Deadline

If you are interested in applying to this opportunity, please get in touch with BRIC NS as soon as possible for support with your application.

BRIC NS Student Research Award Winners

Recipients and supervisors
BRIC NS Student Research Award Winners and their supervisors (L-R): Dr. Lois Jackson, Holly Mathias, Dr. Amy Bombay, Jad Sinno, Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener, Jaimie Carrier, Sydney Breneol, Dr. George Kephart, Alysia Robinson (Absent from photo: Dr. Janet Curran)

BRIC NS, in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, was pleased to present 5 Student Research Awards on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at the Dalhousie University Club. 

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BRIC NS seeks community input on research


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.

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Spring Project Incubator

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:

  1. Meeting mental health care needs in the community through primary healthcare
  2. Chronic disease management
    • Self-management
    • Coordination through a central location (such as a wellness centre)
  3. 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.