PHIRN: Population Health Improvement Research Network

CIHR Community-Based Primary Healthcare Research Initiative

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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) and its partners are launching a major ten-year initiative to fund research that supports the delivery of high-quality community-based primary healthcare (CBPHC) across Canada. A strong foundation of research evidence in CBPHC - the first and most frequent point of contact with the healthcare system - is key in helping to achieve better health outcomes, improved equity, an overall enhanced patient experience, and other system-wide benefits.

worldthumbnailThe CIHR CBPHC Initiative will support researchers to conduct original research, build capacity, and translate evidence for uptake into practice and policy through two major funding tools:

CBPHC Team Grants will support inter-disciplinary, cross-jurisdictional teams of researchers to conduct excellent research, to provide superior research training and mentorship, and to engage in knowledge translation activities. The first launch of CBPHC Team Grants will take place in Fall 2011. Successful Teams will receive funding of up to $500,000 per year for up to five years to address the following research priority areas:

  • IBetter Systems: Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Community-Based Primary Healthcare
  • Access to Appropriate Community-Based Primary Healthcare for Vulnerable Populations

In order to foster the development of prospective teams, CBPHC Planning Grants will be launched in April 2011. Offered under the Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grants program, these $25,000 Planning Grants will support researchers to come together to build active and meaningful collaborations and to understand the existing CBPHC research landscape, including needs and priorities, before embarking on a full CBPHC Team Grant application. (Note: Teams who plan to apply for a CBPHC Team Grant are not required to apply for a CBPHC Planning Grant).

CBPHC Scientist Awards will provide outstanding CBPHC providers with support to conduct, translate, and use practice-relevant research. Generally modelled after the CIHR Clinician Scientist Award, the CBPHC Scientist Award will allow CBPHC providers with a high aptitude for research to investigate issues that present in their day-to-day work and to subsequently translate results into practice. The first launch of CBPHC Scientist Awards will take place in 2012.

PHIRN would like to support any Ontario led initiatives with in-kind support, please contact Ivy Bourgeault at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 May 2011 08:35 )