This program is now closed to new entry.

Please see PRIHS: Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System – 2015/2016 for the current funding opportunity.

Value & Term

Up to a maximum of $250,000 per year, for up to 3 years.

What is PRIHS?

The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) is a partnership between Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) and Alberta Health Services (AHS) aimed at improving health outcomes for patients across Alberta.

This partnered funding opportunity targets high impact research activities within the AHS Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) [see box] that align with the priorities identified in the Alberta’s Health Research and Innovation Strategy (AHRIS) and the AHS Health Plan.

PRIHS supports networks of health researchers and clinical practitioners across the continuum of care, with an emphasis on population health and community and primary care, that can reassess potentially inefficient activities within the health system and identify sustainable solutions to improve overall quality of care and value for money in the health system.

What are the objectives of PRIHS?

The objectives of PRIHS are to:

    • Support SCN research and innovation activities that focus on (re)assessing technologies, services and processes in Alberta’s health system (including primary care, specialty care, acute care and/or transitions in care) with the aim of improving care and value for money resulting in measurable cost-savings in AHS;
    • Enable AHS to make evidence-informed clinically appropriate changes that eliminate activities that make little or no contribution to positive patient outcomes or to the health system;
    • Build relevant applied health research capacity in Alberta;
    • Support high value research in the health system focused on one or more of the six dimensions of quality as recognized by AHS; and
    • Encourage collaboration of research and innovation activities between Alberta’s academic institutions, SCNs and AHS operations in order to achieve measurable and sustainable impacts in the health system.

What opportunity does PRIHS provide?

The PRIHS funding opportunity provides up to $250,000 per year for up to three-years, non-renewable. Payments will be based on agreed upon objectives and milestones and the submission of periodic reports outlining progress.

Funding can be used for a broad range of expenses associated with proposed research activities including research infrastructure, research operating costs, core administrative/management costs, scientific support, collaborative/linkage activity, and training support.

Allowable Costs

Funding can be used for a broad range of expenses associated with proposed research activities including research infrastructure, research operating costs, core administrative/management costs, scientific support, collaborative/linkage activity, and training support.

Allowable costs include:

  • Salary support for research assistants and trainees;
  • Project administration costs, materials and supplies;
  • Support for research infrastructure including the purchase of minor equipment of up to $5,000 (based on justification) and maintenance contracts for common services and shared/core facilities;
  • Costs of data collection, database creation and maintenance of information holdings directly related to proposed activities;
  • Costs of regional, national and international networking activities that are directly related to the research program;
  • Costs for travel to meetings and workshops;
  • Salaries associated with coordinators, technicians, administrative staff, knowledge exchange/translation coordinator or specialist, and other personnel who will enhance the productivity of the proposed activities;
  • Release-time payments to enable employees of practice-, policy-, or community-based partners to participate in the research activities;
  • Only participants who are trainees or research staff or associates may receive a salary, stipend or honorarium from a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System grant. The only exception is for the time-release payments as described;
  • Costs involved in linkage with and dissemination of research findings and uptake by knowledge- and/or end-users, as appropriate for the research program. This may include (but is not limited to): other SCNs, the public, practitioners, policy-makers, community partners;
  • Consulting fees of non-salaried experts (clinicians, business experts, health economists, analyst, etc.).

Costs associated with the following will NOT be supported:

  • Major equipment (>$5,000);
  • Pharmaceutical drug-related trials;
  • Local programs or projects in one zone or one hospital that are not generalizable to other zones or sectors;
  • Salary support for Principal Applicant or Co-Principal Applicant(s); and
  • Costs associated with development and protection of intellectual property.

Management, Reporting and Evaluation of PRIHS Investments

AIHS will work with successful applicants to produce an approved Research Management Plan (RMP), which will be used to monitor the progress of research projects funded through Partnership for Health Research and Innovation in the Health System. Monitoring of progress to the RMP will be assessed through interim and final reporting activities.

Release of funds for the PRIHS will occur on a semi-annual basis based on reasonable progress against the objectives and milestones identified in the approved RMP as determined by review of interim reports by AIHS. An award may be cancelled if progress is delayed, inadequate and/or reporting requirements are incomplete.

The PRIHS fund is accountable for reporting to the Ministry of Health with respect to overall program funding. The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System program is built on the AIHS Performance Management and Evaluation Framework that identifies appropriate measures and reporting or results. The framework includes a logic model, related performance indicators and a program evaluation strategy. Reports submitted by researchers supported by the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System will be used to determine the overall return on investment that includes, but is not limited to, compliance with the Terms & Conditions document, monitoring the program’s performance, evaluating value for money, advising on future programs, and ability to inform relevant stakeholders and the general public in Alberta.

Program Guide

If you would like a copy of the PRIHS 2013/2014 Program Guide or the PRIHS 2014/2015 Program Guide, please contact Mike Christen, Officer, Grants Processing at mike.christen@albertainnovates.ca or 780-809-2557.

Interested in Partnering?

AIHS is seeking additional partners for the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System funding opportunity. Interested partner organizations seeking to add value to this health system research investment are encouraged to contact AIHS.

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