Training Grant : SPOR National Training Entity- Letter of Intent

Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: Inquire with Unit

Memorial Deadline: Friday 6th, December 2019

External Deadline: Tuesday 10th, December 2019


SIRI will be offering support with application development for this opportunity. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Jennifer Stevens ( early during the development process to discuss the services available to them.

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, focuses 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.

The SPOR Capacity Development Initiative

According to the SPOR Capacity Development Framework, patient-oriented research capacity is a collective goal of all SPOR stakeholders. Patient-oriented research capacity means:

  • Patients have the capability and support to meaningfully contribute to and participate in research;
  • The health research enterprise supports viable career paths for patient-oriented researchers and health professionals;
  • All participants in patient-oriented research receive the proper training and support, and all participants should have equitable access to the proper training and support;
  • Patients, researchers, health practitioners, administrators, and policy-makers work collaboratively towards common goals; and
  • Relevant and transformative knowledge is generated and applied to improve health outcomes.

To this end, SPOR-funded entities (e.g., SPOR SUPPORT Units, SPOR Networks, the SPOR Evidence Alliance, Innovative Clinical Trials (iCT) Initiative Mentorship Chairs and Multi-Year Grant recipients) provide physical or virtual environments to host trainees and researchers, provide localized/contextualized training and scholarships, and promote and advance the science of patient engagement in health research.

With this wide range of activity, there is a growing opportunity to capitalize on this work and more systematically develop career pathways for patient-oriented researchers as well as implementation specialists, i.e., decision-makers who implement patient-oriented research principles, practices and findings within Canadian health care contexts (inclusive of, but not limited to, health care institutions and community settings). There is also an opportunity to ensure a more comprehensive, national strategy to building capacity that supports inclusive approaches appropriate to the specific learning needs of various communities and populations in Canada.

Efforts to act on these opportunities have resulted in the SPOR Capacity Development Initiative, which is comprised of the following components:

  • A SPOR National Training Entity (NTE) to serve as a central body for systematic training of patient-oriented research leaders;
  • A suite of national Patient-Oriented Research Awards to support individuals in patient-oriented research:
    1. Transition to Leadership Stream: Trainees transitioning from their research fellowship into independent patient-oriented research careers; and
    2. Health System Stream: Implementation specialists (as defined above).

The above components will work in concert with each other and collaborate with existing SPOR-funded entities. For more information, please visit the SPOR Capacity Development Initiative web page.

Additional information can be found on Research Net. 

Funding Sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: September 27, 2019