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Program at a Glance

Program Status: Inactive
Business Area: Health Innovation


Program Status: Inactive
Alberta-based: No
Organization Type: Academic Institutions & Researchers
Post-Secondary Students


The mCannabis.RealWorld Program is the first of its kind, addressing urgent clinical or policy knowledge gaps related to the efficacy and safety of cannabis in a real-world setting. The information gathered from these projects can provide evidence about the health outcomes of diverse patient populations and provide important economic insights to inform clinical or policy decisions.

Applicants can receive up to $300,000 to support approved projects over a maximum term of 24 months. Successful Expression of Interest applicants will be eligible to receive up to an additional $10,000 to support proposal development.

A unique feature of the mCannabis.RealWorld Program is an opportunity to access a panel of leading industry members, academics, clinicians, research facilitators and other health care agents. This panel will support applicants by helping them strengthen their proposals and identify collaborative opportunities.

Applicants who participate in mCannabis.RealWorld can expect the following outcomes:

  • Generate real-world evidence to inform clinical or policy decisions.
  • Build collaborative connections within the health innovation ecosystem.
  • Improve Canadian competitiveness in the global cannabis sector.
  • Enable rapid knowledge generation using digital health strategies.
  • Create accessible new data sources related to medical cannabis use.
  • Enhance patient-centred care.


  • You are a post-secondary institution, not-for-profit corporation, or health delivery agent in Alberta.
  • You have identified and clearly defined a major clinical or policy problem, need or critical barrier that has relevance to Alberta.
  • You want to generate new data, analyze data relationships, or curate real-world data to support the problem.

Full program and application details can be found in the program guide.

How To Apply

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest (Stage 1) Application. Expression of Interest (Stage 1) Applications will be evaluated by our internal Health Innovation team before presenting to the mCannabis.RealWorld Program Panel that will help strengthen the proposals and identify collaborative opportunities.
  2. Submit a Full Proposal (Stage 2) Application.

More information on the Application process can be found in the program guide.

Evaluation Process

All applications are reviewed and evaluated to determine fit with the mCannabis.RealWorld Program

objectives and intended outcomes. Alberta Innovates’ staff and external expert reviewers are engaged to evaluate applications.

Full details available in the Program Guide.

Sunil Rajput, PhD

Director, Research - Health Innovation

Closed Intakes


The mCannabis.RealWorld Program provides up to $300,000 to support research projects that are addressing urgent clinical or policy knowledge gaps related to the efficacy and safety of cannabis.


Registration closed: June 1, 2023

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