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May 28 , 2019

Program Overview

Maintaining the quality and accessibility of health care in the face of rising costs and demand is a major challenge facing governments and health care organizations around the world. Alberta Innovates (AI) and Alberta Health Services (AHS) co-launched the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) program out of a shared commitment to developing research and innovation (R&I) activities that contribute to health system sustainability in Alberta.

Building on the momentum of previous competitions, PRIHS V provides a streamlined process for connecting Alberta’s academic institutions with Strategic Clinical Networks™ (SCNs), patients, providers and leaders in AHS to:

  • Translate research evidence into testable solutions that address priority health system challenges in Alberta as articulated by the SCNs; and
  • Generate the evidence needed to identify and accelerate the spread and/or scale of solutions that foster more efficient and/or effective use of health care resources.

The PRIHS Challenge

PRIHS is designed to align the knowledge production efforts of researchers with the evidence needs of the health system. This is achieved by providing opportunities for researchers to propose solutions to priority health system challenges and access support from SCNs and other expertise within AHS to administer implementation studies. These implementation studies will help AHS identify and advance solutions that improve health care quality, health outcomes and value for Albertans.

Key Details

Value & term

Combined pool of funds available: $7 million. No maximum value is set for each proposal. Individual award’s period of support: up to three years (2020-2023).

Competition Process

Applicants contact the Scientific Director (SD) or Assistant Scientific Director (ASD) of the appropriate SCN to discuss potential ideas or solutions. Contact information is available on the PRIHS 2019-20 website. Please refer to the Program Guide for additional details.

Summary of Key Dates

  • June 30, 2019: SCNs select up to 3 projects for submission to PRIHS
  • September 27th, 2019: Stage 1 application deadline at 4:00 PM
  • October 25th, 2019: Stage 1 review and recommendations
  • November-January 2020: Co-design of full proposal for top 10 applications
  • January 31th, 2020: Stage 2 application deadline
  • February 17-21, 2020: Stage 2 review (in-person) and recommendations
  • Early March 2020: Conditional approval
  • March 2020: Funding announcement and initial disbursement of funds

Read the Program Guide for more detailed information on the PRIHS 2019/20.

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