On December 18, 2008, CIHR launched the revitalized Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) and the NEW Evidence on Tap – Expedited Knowledge Synthesis programs. Both funding opportunities are integrated KT programs.
PHSI funds teams of decision makers and researchers to conduct applied and policy-relevant health services and systems research up to three years in length. Exciting improvements have been made to the program including increased funding, expanded areas of eligible research, the elimination of the letter of intent stage, and a new opportunity that provides up to $15,000 in PHSI partnership development funds (these funds are provided through the Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant: PHSI, which is available three times per year in April, June and December). The application deadline is April 15, 2009.
Expedited Knowledge Synthesis is part of CIHR’s new Evidence on Tap pilot initiative, which aims to support the production of high-quality, timely, and accessible evidence for provincial decision makers to support them in health system policy development, planning and program implementation. Expedited Knowledge Synthesis is a competition that awards researchers up to $110,000 to produce a knowledge synthesis on a Ministry-identified health system priority within six months and host a KT end-of-synthesis workshop to assist decision makers in the interpretation and contextualization of the findings.
The Stage 1 application deadline (i.e., to be qualified as an Evidence on Tap Research Team) is March 16, 2009.
For more information, visit www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca.