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March 16, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Griver, Dr. Hudon, Dr. Pinto, and Dr. Ploeg on their success in the 2017 SPOR PIHCIN Programmatic Grant. 

More information on their projects would be found on the CIHR funding announcement.

Or on our website at


March 14th, 2018

Summer Institute 2018 - Keys to Collaboration

May 14-16, 2018 | Calgary, Alberta

Join us for Summer Institute 2018 where researchers, patients, clinicians, students, policy makers and more, gather to share insights, connect with colleagues and promote patient-oriented research.

Keynote Speakers:

Victoria Maxwell, (Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bi-Polar Princess) is the first in Canada & the U.S.A. to use the ‘lived’ experience of mental illness to disseminate scientific research and transfer knowledge into action at the international level through theatre.

Dr. Glenda MacQueen, Vice-Dean - Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Click here for more information.


January 8th, 2018

Call for Application: Diabetes, Obesity & Nutrition Strategic Clinical Network ™ Undergraduate 2018 Studentship Competition

The competition is designed to provide funding support to undergraduate students to participate in research and develop research skills related to glycemic management in hospital , bariatric care in hospital, and /or to the Diabetic Foot Care Clinical Pathway. Please click here for more information.

December 7th, 2017

Executive director NCO position opportunity

Please find attached the executive director NCO position. This went live yesterday on the Womens’ College website. The title of the position is a reflection of the Women’s College institutional policy. The successful candidate can be located at Vancouver or Toronto. Other locations, such as Ottawa may also be considered.

November 7th, 2017

Call for applications for TUTOR-PHC

TUTOR-PHC is a one-year, pan-Canadian, interdisciplinary research capacity building program that has been training primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers from family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, education, policy and many other disciplines since 2003.

 The innovative curriculum of this one-year certificate program in primary health care research skills and interdisciplinary theory & processes includes:

  • An on-site Symposium in the Spring of 2018
  • Two 3-week online research skill development workshops
  • Two 7-8-week online interdisciplinary discussion groups
  • Fall: present your own research project and receive interdisciplinary feedback
  • Winter: work with an interdisciplinary team to create a research proposal

Click here for more information.

November 6th, 2017

SPOR PIHCI Network – Knowledge Synthesis Grants (2018)(Pan-Canadian SPOR Network in Primary & Integrated Health Care Innovations – Knowledge Synthesis Grants)

CIHR has released the SPOR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) Network

Application Deadline: 2018-03-06

Anticipated Notice of Decision: 2018-05-31

Funding Start Date: 2018-05-01

If you are interested in applying to this funding opportunity, please contact the Alberta SPOR PIHCIN Coordinator, Cliff Lindeman: clindema@ualberta.ca or 780-248-2005.

November 1st, 2017

Alberta Primary Care Research Networks Communiqué

  • Alberta Strategy for Patient Oriented Research Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network (AB SPOR PIHCIN),
  • Enhancing Alberta Primary Care Research Networks (EnACt),
  • Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network—Alberta (CPCSSN-AB),
  • Northern Alberta Primary Care Research Network (NAPCReN),
  • Southern Alberta Primary Care Research Network (SAPCReN),
  • and The Pragmatic Trials Collaborative (PTC)

have released their second newsletter.

The ‘Alberta Primary Care Research Networks Communiqué’ is a biannual newsletter highlighting upcoming events and opportunities from six Albertan community-based primary care research networks. The intent of this publication is to engage clinicians, researchers, and interested stakeholders in Alberta and to highlight the work that is being done to promote and support primary care research.

Please click here for the full version of the newsletter. It is encouraged to share this document with your colleagues.

October 31st, 2017

Patient Engagement (PE) Newsletter

Please click here to check out the full version of Issue 3: Fall 2017 Newsletter from Patient Engagement Platform.

October 26th, 2017

Patient Portal survey

It is a short online research survey designed to gauge Albertans’ interest in the development of a patient-accessible health portal/ EMR and what specialties/functions it would include. 

If you are able to participate, please click on the link below.  Ideally the survey will have as many respondents as possible so don’t hesitate to share with your networks.


October 26th, 2017

Alberta Patient/Family Registry

The mission within the Patient Engagement Platform is to promote (spread the word!), support (let us help you!), and evaluate (are we doing this right?) patient engagement in health research in Alberta.

Signing-up with us does not obligate you to participate in research

Check HERE for more information

October 20th, 2017

SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations funding opportunities (pre-announcements)

Expected funding opportunity launch: November 2017
Expected full application deadline: February 2018
Expected funding start date: May 2018

Click on the Grant's title below for more information:

September 14th, 2017


August 11th, 2017

Northern, Rural and Remote Health Conference

The Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health will be hosting the Northern, Rural and Remote Health Forum from October 6-9 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador.

This forum focuses on sharing knowledge and innovations in community health and discussing the critical health issues of rural, Northern and Indigenous populations in Canada and across the Globe. Event organizers are encouraging anyone with an investment in Northern and rural/remote health to attend the conference – this includes health professionals, researchers, policy makers, community support workers, educators, and students.

To learn more about the conference, check out their website (http://www.csch.ca/northern-rural-and-remote-health-20) or follow the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health on Twitter (@csch_scsc) with the #NRRH2017.

August 1st, 2017

2017 Programmatic Grant

The Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network is pleased to announce the 2017 Programmatic Grant call.

More updated information can be found in the slides at the webinar in August 2, 2017. 

Please note that in addition to the listed requirements, a preliminary network Letter of Intent (LOI) is due September 6, 2017. However, we strongly encourage project teams to submit a network LOI as soon as possible.

If you are interested in applying to this funding opportunity, please contact the Alberta Network Coordinator Cliff Lindeman (clindema@ualberta.ca) as soon as possible. 

Common Letter of Intent (in English and French) is accessible at: Common LOI.

July 17th, 2017

PIHCI Programmatic Grants - Webinar and FO Information

As mentioned in the PIHCI Programmatic Grants pre-announcement, a webinar has been scheduled and will be held on August 2 from 13:00 – 14:00 ET. Please click the link to register.
CIHR has also recently launched another funding opportunity that we thought might be of interest to your Networks. Please click the link for more information.
Finally, in regards to the requirement for letters of support for the programmatic grants. CIHR released that the following letters will be required:

  • Provide a signed letter of support from the tripartite leadership of each member network involved, if one of the leads is not listed as a Principal Applicant. The letter should indicate which network priority/ies they are addressing in the proposal and the member network’s overall support for engaging in the project and the support it will provide or mobilize.
  • Provide a signed letter of support from the provincial/territorial health policy maker, such as the Deputy Minister, for each member network involved. The letter should state that they have been appropriately engaged in the development of the policy maker engagement plan and will be an active participant in its implementation.

July 17th, 2017


A Research Day was held for the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) networks. Researchers from across Canada presented on their progress on SPOR-funded research projects. Presentations were organized into SPARKs (longer) and BITEs (shorter), and can be viewed here: PIHCIN SPARKs and BITEs

July 10th, 2017

Pre-Announcement: SPOR PIHCI Network Programmatic Grants

Funding Opportunity Launch: July 2017
Letter of Intent Deadline: September 26, 2017
Full Application Deadline: November 28, 2017
Anticipated Funding Start Date: January 1, 2018

In July 2017, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, through the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), will launch the SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) –Programmatic Grants funding opportunity. This funding opportunity is part of Phase III of the PIHCINetwork and will provide funding for cross-jurisdictional research projects involving a minimum of four PIHCI member networks that respond to one or more of the Network priorities (attached), which were determined in consultation with the PIHCI member networks and their stakeholders..

Total funding available from CIHR for this initiative is $4M, enough to fund approximately four grants. The maximum amount per grant is $250,000 per year for up to four years for a total of $1M per grant.
•Funding under SPOR is based on a 1:1 matching formula with non-federal sources to ensurerelevance and applicability.
•Matching partner contributions from non-federal sources can include up to 50% eligible cash equivalent contributions.

Please note that CIHR is in the process of trying to schedule a webinar. When available, information can be found on the CIHR website.

Please view here for more information about provincial and national priorities.

Alberta Primary Care Research Networks COMMUNIQUÉ