Operating Grant : POR (Patient-Oriented Research) 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.


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:
  •           a) Evidence that knowledge users have applied patient-oriented research results; and
  •           b) 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.

For additional information see Research Net. 

Funding Sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: August 6, 2019