CIHR SPOR Partnership Funding Opportunities

SPOR Rewarding Success Initiative

The SPOR Rewarding Success Initiative aims to produce interventions that will result in cost savings and/or improved efficiencies in Canada’s healthcare system.

Next expected deadline: CIHR Deadline November 21, 2017 (Phase 1)

CIHR Information

The CIHR webinar provided an overview of the concept and details about each of the phases of SPOR’s Rewarding Success Initiative as well as information about the application process. Click the following link to view the presentation.

Rewarding Success Webinar (opens .pdf)

For more information: CIHR’s Rewarding Success Homepage

Value & Term

Phase 1: Up to $2,500; Phase 2: up to $100,000; Phase 3 – see CIHR Rewarding Success Homepage. Identification of matching funds not required for the Idea Brief (Phase 1).

Rewarding Success Overview

To change the paradigm of how successful innovative implementation research is rewarded, CIHR has designed the SPOR Rewarding Success Initiative that will incentivize multidisciplinary research teams and their partners to enhance value-based care, health system sustainability, and health outcomes. Teams will design, implement, and evaluate interventions in healthcare delivery organization(s) that aim to produce healthcare cost savings and/or improved health system efficiency. This initiative is similar to other funding models that have been developed to support innovation and impact, such as risk sharing, social impact bonds, and innovation prizes.

Teams funded through the Rewarding Success Initiative will be multidisciplinary, involving patients, researchers, clinicians, and healthcare delivery organizations (such as hospitals).Teams will partner with payer organizations (end users) like Ministries of Health, Regional Health Authorities, insurers, hospitals, charities, and philanthropic organizations that will agree to pay for successful improvement in outcomes, efficiencies, or cost savings. At the Idea Brief phase, a payer organization must be identified and a representative prepared to attend the Ideathon should the brief be successful.

The basic principle is that teams of patients, healthcare delivery organizations, clinicians, and researchers identify potential solutions to identified problems and priorities in health care; solutions that will enhance patient and provider experience while also:

  • reducing low value health care (e.g. unnecessary diagnostic tests/ drugs), and/or
  • addressing health care inefficiencies (e.g. wait lists), and/or
  • reducing avoidable morbidity (e.g. stroke)

The SPOR Rewarding Success Initiative is an experimental funding model that is being piloted in four provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Newfoundland & Labrador.

Alberta Rewarding Success Priorities

In order to ensure Alberta-based activities are aligned to the priorities of the Government and Alberta Health, four areas of focus have been identified by the ministry:

  1. Addictions and Mental Health
    • Refer to the Valuing mental health report of the Alberta Mental Health Review Committee 2015 and the Valuing Mental Health Next Steps
    • Examples of Government priorities related to Addiction and Mental Health may include but are not limited to:
      • Addiction – the opioid crisis, harm reduction
      • Rural & remote – addressing the AMH needs of Albertans outside the major centres
      • Improved integration and continuity of care for AMH services, including services outside the health system (e.g. mental health in schools)
  1. Home and Community-based care, including rural, remote and indigenous communities
    • Refer to the Ministry of Health Business Plan and Minister Hoffman’s speaking notes from the 2016 Accelerating Primary Care conference.
    • Examples of Government priorities related to Home and Community-based Care may include but are not limited to:
      • Innovations in care & funding models
      • Models to support rural and remote care
      • Integration and continuity of care
  1. Health Information Management
    • Examples of Government priorities related to Health Information Management may include but are not limited to:
      • Point-of-care decision support tools
      • Data visualization for providers and Albertans
      • Tools that support Albertans in managing their own health
      • Application of utilization data to support evaluation and decision making
  1. Health Workforce
    • Examples of Government priorities related to Health Workforce may include but are not limited to:
      • Workforce planning and innovative staffing
      • The optimal use of health providers
      • Appropriate staff mix models
      • Collaborative practice – enabling team-based care, models of team-based care
      • Workforce wellness and retention
      • Evaluation of changes to scopes of practice, models, etc.

Should you have any questions regarding the areas of priority or connections to a payer within Alberta Health, please contact:

Christie Lutsiak
Director, Health Innovation Partnerships & Strategy Unit
Alberta Health

Should you have any questions regarding connections to a payer within Alberta Health Services, please contact:

Tracy Wasylak
Senior Program Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks
Alberta Health Services

Program Contact Information

Name: Kathy Morrison
Title: Senior Coordinator, Grants Processing
Phone: 780-429-7655