Written by Lupin Battersby, Knowledge Translation Specialist, B.C. SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre, Department of Evaluation and Research Services

Don't miss out on these exciting funding opportunities for patient-oriented research and innovation projects. Deadlines are approaching.

We have three exciting opportunities for funding patient-oriented planning, capacity building and innovation projects.

The first funding application opportunity is for the planning award for Fraser Region research teams only. This award is offered by the BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre. The objective of this planning award is to support patient-oriented planning activities and partnership development that will contribute to the advancement of research, evidence uptake and implementation. This work is consistent with the mandate of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research. Up to five awards of up to $10,000 are available. The application deadline is November 15.

The second funding opportuntiy is for patient-oriented research and capacity building projects. The Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Collaboration Grant competition is offered by CIHR. Project applications are being offered in the areas of planning, team building, stand-alone patient-oriented research and enhancing current projects to be patient-oriented with the focus of increasing capacity for patient-oriented research. There is funding available for approximately 40 awards of up to $40,000. The application deadline is November 14.

The final funding application award is for innovation and impact projects for the Rewarding Success competition. This award is for multidisciplinary teams and their partners to enhance value-based care, health system sustainability and health outcomes. This experimental funding model has three phases and is being piloted in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Each phase has funding available. The letter of intent is due November 21.

All of these competitions encourage multidisciplinary team approaches and are a great opportunity to build and grow collaborations to make a real impact for patients.

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