Written by Lupin Battersby, Knowledge Translation Specialist, Department of Evaluation and Research Services

Thinking about patient-oriented research and need some funding? There are two new opportunities for you to explore.

First, if you are a member of a health research team designing a patient-oriented research study you can apply for the brand-new P2P (Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research) Awards.

P2P Awards are offered by the BC SUPPORT Unit in partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). These awards help B.C.-based patient-oriented research teams pilot and test the feasibility of their project, to make their future grant applications stronger.

There will be at least five P2P Awards in 2018. Each award amount will be up to $20,000 for a maximum duration of 12 months. For more information, attend an introductory webinar on September 8 at noon (hosted by Dr. Stirling Bryan - no registration required), view the P2P Award homepage and read the FAQs.

Second, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research has launched the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research Rewarding Success Initiative.

Rewarding Success is an experimental funding model that is being piloted in five provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador. This initiative is similar to other funding models that have been developed to support innovation and impact, such as risk sharing, social impact bonds and innovation prizes.

For more information, visit Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research's Rewarding Success Initiative page or contact the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Two information webinars about Rewarding Success will provide researchers an overview of the concept, and details about each of the phases within the initiative. The first webinar will be held on September 5 from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. (register here), and the second will be held on September 6 from 11:00 a.m–12:00 p.m. (register here).

For assistance with your patient-oriented research award application submit an inquiry on the BC SUPPORT Unit website or email frasercentre@bcsupportunit.ca.

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