Pre-announcement: SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) – Comparative Programs and Policy Analysis

Expected funding opportunity launch: November 2017
Expected full application deadline: February 2018
Anticipated funding start date: May 2018

In November 2017, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research will launch the SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) – Comparative Program and Policy Analysis funding opportunity, through the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), with scientific leadership shared across the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health, the CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health, the CIHR Institute of Aging, in collaboration with the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes. 

This funding opportunity focuses on two areas: 1) Comparative policy analyses across different provincial/territorial health system contexts and related health outcomes and 2) Comparative analysis of programmatic innovations in health care delivery that could scale to a system level. 

Priorities have been determined in consultation with the PIHCI member networks and partners. 

These priorities can be found (for reference only) in the Additional Information section of the PIHCI Programmatic Grants funding opportunity. 

To facilitate the cross-jurisdictional research required for this funding opportunity, CIHR and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) have partnered to create a dynamic cohort of complex, high system users. Those applying are encouraged to use the dynamic cohort as a way of assisting in the rapid turn-around required for these cross-jurisdictional research projects. For more information, please visit the Dynamic Cohort


The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $625,000, enough to fund approximately five (5) grants. CIHR’s maximum contribution per grant is $62,500 per year for up to two (2) years. 

  • Applicants must secure partner contribution from non-federal sources to match the CIHR contribution at a minimum of 1:1 ratio.

  • All projects must be cross-jurisdictional in scope, involving a minimum of two member networks. Only one project may be funded per unique grouping/combination of jurisdictions. An exception will be made if funds are remaining after all fundable applications with unique grouping/combinations of jurisdictions are funded.

N.B.: It is also strongly recommended that applicants interested in applying to this funding opportunity consult with the relevant member networks prior to conceptualizing an application. 

Visit the CIHR website for the official funding opportunity launch. 

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