Strategy for Patient Oriented Research- Putting Patients First

Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Collaboration Grants

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) recently launched the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Collaboration Grants.

The Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Collaboration Grants are expected to catalyze patient-oriented research that aligns with the SPOR Capacity Development Framework and the SPOR Patient Engagement Framework by:

  • Building capacity in Canada’s health system for patient-oriented research through projects conducted by teams comprised of researchers, patients, health care professionals and/or policy-makers; and,
  • Increasing the number of new/early career investigators meaningfully involved in patient-oriented research by integrating them in patient-oriented research teams.

Proposal submissions: Proposals must demonstrate robust patient engagement approaches and follow the guiding principles of: inclusiveness, support, mutual respect and co-building.
Total Funding Available: $1,600,000; Funding of approx. 40 grants
Partners: As a component of SPOR, these collaboration grants will require a 1:1 match from a non-federal partner.
Evaluation Criteria: Approach; Building Capacity; Feasibility; Impact
Contact Information:
CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613.954.1968
Toll Free: 1.888.603.4178

Application Deadline: November 14, 2017
Competition Link: SPOR Collaboration Grants


The Rossy Family Foundation (RFF) is a Montreal-based philanthropic foundation that funds initiatives in health care, education and the arts. One area of focus within the RFF’s health care program is mental health among emerging adults in the post-secondary context.
The Foundation aims to achieve its goals by supporting research projects targeting:

  1. Post-secondary student resilience;
  2. Effective and appropriate treatments for students experiencing mild to serious mental health problems;
  3. How campuses and/or community mental health services can work together to improve student mental health; and
  4. The identification of best practices in the area of student mental health.

The Foundation will consider matching applications relevant to the areas of interest up to a maximum of 6 projects and will fund successful applications in rank order.

Contact Information:
Sara Pedersen, Ph.D.
Program Director
The Rossy Family Foundation
514.731.4647 x4230

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