CRIO: Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunities


This opportunity enables a large, interdisciplinary team or network of researchers with national or international stature to tackle health issues involving many stakeholder groups. The team must have an experienced leader identified. The research activities must engage knowledge- and/or end-users to encourage uptake of evidence and must be aligned to priority areas of health for Albertans.

Next expected deadline: TBD

Value & Term

Up to $1,000,000 per year for up to five years

May be considered for one-time renewal based on successful achievement of agreed-upon deliverables defined in the management plan for years 1 to 5.


To foster and support a large interdisciplinary collaborative team or network with national or international stature. The complexity of the health issues of interest will require the involvement of many stakeholder groups.

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How do I apply?

The application is a two-stage process: letter of intent (LOI) and full application.

Only those successful at the CRIO Team Letter of Intent (LOI) Reviews are invited to submit a full application.

Successful applications at the LOI stage for the CRIO Team will be provided with advice from the expert scientific review committee and may request support to enable the development of the full application. Up to $25,000 will be provided to complete the final submission for Collaborative Teams.

What is the review process?

The LOIs and full applications will be assessed by an expert LOI review committee and a full application review committee composed of researchers and decision-makers from a variety of fields and institutions across Canada with broad expertise in collaborative research and/or in leading interdisciplinary research teams.

Review of full applications will include a reverse site visit where applicants will have an opportunity to respond to reviewer feedback and address the overall merits of the application with the review committee. Applicants will receive written feedback from the reviewers of their full application approximately one week prior to the reverse site visit in order to prepare their responses.

Applications will be reviewed based on the following assessment criteria:

    • Engagement with knowledge-/end-user collaborators and/or partners: End-user(s) are meaningfully engaged in the proposed research activities providing the support necessary for the deliverables to have the intended impact;
    • Collaborators: The proposed collaborators have the necessary complementary expertise and/or experience to successfully bring the proposed research activities to their planned end-point;
    • Significance and Innovation: The proposed research activities are based on an important and well delineated health question/issue and define a focused set of deliverables;
    • Approach: The collaborative approach described for the proposed research is necessary, integrated, feasible, and aligned to the generation of the specific and defined deliverables;
    • Environment: The environment described for the proposed research will contribute positively to the achievement of the defined objectives.

Program Contact Information

Name: Tara McCarthy 
Title: Acting Program Manager, Health
Phone: 780-429-9337