Pre-announcement: Policy Research for Health System Transformation

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


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Memorial Deadline: Thursday 29th, September 2022

External Deadline: Tuesday 4th, October 2022


CIHR and partners are pleased to announce the launch of the Policy Research for Health System Transformation grants. The funding opportunity is led by the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), in partnership with the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), the Centre for Research on Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies (CRPPHE), the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH), the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF), and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF).


The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Canadian Medicare – the legislative framework that has long been regarded as a hallmark of Canadian identity. There is much to celebrate regarding the principles and examples of success and innovation that Medicare established for universal access to physician and hospital services. Yet, evidence indicates that Canada’s health systems have underperformed in key domains such as access, equity and health outcomes when compared to other high-income countries with similar per capita spending levels. Integrating public health programs, including prevention and health promotion at the individual and population level, with the health care delivery system is needed to achieve good health for all Canadians. Additionally, the pandemic highlighted opportunities to improve and rebuild our health care and public health systems – including by exposing or exacerbating faults in the systems and accelerating positive innovations (e.g., uptake of virtual care). Building back stronger and more equitably in a post-pandemic context will require robust research evidence on the policies and policy levers that best support high-performing health care delivery and public health systems.

This funding opportunity will support one-year Policy Research for Health System Transformation grants that generate evidence to inform macro-level policies to support high-performing health care and public health systems in Canada with the aim of advancing the Quadruple Aim – improved population health outcomes, better patient and provider experience, and increased value – and health equity (sometimes referred to as the Quintuple aim).

Retrospective policy evaluations and prospective policy development/implementation projects are eligible. All projects must use knowledge mobilization approaches throughout (i.e., integrated knowledge translation involving a policymaker partner based in Canada and a knowledge user with lived experience); mobilize expertise from multiple disciplines (i.e., health, law, economics, etc.) and perspectives (policymaker, public) to analyze and contextualize the various dimensions of the policy issue and options for consideration.

The ultimate aim is to generate solution-oriented evidence and policy options to create and support high-performing health care and public health systems in Canada.

Anticipated timelines*

  • Program launch: May 18, 2022
  • Webinar(s): Join live on Microsoft Teams on June 10, 2022 @ 1.30-2.30pm EDT for more details on the funding opportunity and how to apply. Full Application Deadline: Oct 4, 2022
  • Full application deadline: Oct 4, 2022
  • Notice of decision:  March 1, 2023
  • Funding start date: March 1, 2023

*These timelines are estimates and subject to change.

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Funding Sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: April 14, 2022