Operating Grant : POR Impact Assessment

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: Thursday 17th, October 2019

External Deadline: Tuesday 22nd, October 2019


The Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is a national coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners (patients and informal caregivers, provincial health authorities, academic health centres, charities, philanthropic organizations, private sector, etc.) dedicated to the integration of research into care.

Patient-oriented research refers to a continuum of research that engages patients as partners, focusses on patient-identified priorities and improves patient outcomes. This research, conducted by multidisciplinary teams in partnership with relevant stakeholders, aims to apply the knowledge generated to improve healthcare systems and practices.

While patient-oriented research is considered a relatively recent culture shift, many countries, including Canada, have been making investments in this approach to health research for a number of years. SPOR, as one example, represents a large collective endeavor by many stakeholders and carries great expectation for return on investment.

Such returns refer to health, social and/or economic benefits or impacts. ‘Health impacts’ can be defined as changes in the healthy functioning of individuals (physical, psychological, and social aspects of their health), changes to health services, or changes to the broader determinants of health. ‘Social impacts’ are changes that are broader than simply those to health noted above, and include changes to working systems, ethical understanding of health interventions, or population interactions. ‘Economic impacts’ can be regarded as the benefits from commercialization, the net monetary value of improved health, and the benefits from performing health research (Académie canadienne des sciences de la santé, 2011).

The Patient-Oriented Research Impact Assessment Grants aim to build capacity in Canada to conduct patient-oriented research impact assessments and to generate evidence of the impact of patient-oriented research to date. Impact assessment methods should seek to capture the wide diversity of health, social and economic impact, including better-informed public policy and decision making. Applicants are encouraged to reference the guidance and data sources outlined in the Additional Information section below.


Applications for funding through this opportunity must adhere to all following criteria to be considered relevant.

  1. Proposals must look beyond dissemination activities to capture:
    1. Evidence that knowledge users have applied patient-oriented research results; and
    2. The resulting impact on the health care system.
  2. Proposals must be made in areas where readily available data exists, i.e., while the intent of this opportunity is to contribute to the literature it is not intended to fund the generation of new data;
  3. Proposals must include a project timeline that fits within the term of the grant, noting that a publication summarizing the results of the impact assessment is required within six to 12 months following the expiry of the grant, as outlined in the Conditions of Funding section; and,
  4. Proposals must use a mixed methods approach*.

Proposals must assure that the assessors and assessment are unbiased and are free from conflict of interest. Proposals that exclusively self-assess the impact of the applying team’s own patient-oriented research, without it being situated in a broader context of patient-oriented research results, will not be considered.

The following are not considered relevant for this opportunity: bibliometric studies, replication studies or the development of tools to measure impact rather than using those already developed.

*The term “mixed methods” refers to designs that focus on collecting, analyzing and merging both quantitative and qualitative data into one or more studies (Wisdom & Creswell, 2013).

Funds Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $1,000,000, enough to fund approximately 20 grants. The maximum amount per grant is $50,000 per year for up to one year.
  • Applicants are not required to secure partner contributions to match the CIHR contribution.

Additional information can be found on Research Net.

Funding Sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: August 6, 2019