Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) Program

The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) identifies and proposes the implementation of promising digital health solutions to address Alberta health system challenges.

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Program at a Glance

Program Status: Active
Priority Area(s): Identifies and proposes implementing promising digital health solutions addressing Alberta's health system challenges.


Program Status: Active
Alberta-based: Yes
Organization Type: Academic Institutions & Researchers
Post-Secondary Students


PRIHS provides project funding and strengthens support for researchers at Alberta-based academic centres to lead the implementation of innovative care models. The program works in collaboration with the Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) and Integrated Provincial Programs to improve health care quality and health outcomes for Albertans. 


  • Translate research evidence into practice by testing the implementation of innovative care models enabled by digital health solutions. 
  • Generate the evidence needed to identify and accelerate the spread and/or scale of evidence-based solutions that close care gaps to foster more efficient and/or effective use of health care resources. 

Funding Available: Variable (see latest call) 

Term: Up to 36 months 


  • Align with the objectives of the Program;
  • Be represented by a Primary Lead (Applicant Representative) who holds an academic or research appointment at an Alberta-based Post-Secondary Institution; and
  • include one co-lead (Co-Applicant Representative) from the SCN or Integrated Provincial Program Leadership Team;
  • address a priority as outlined in the Transformational Roadmap of an SCN or Integrated Provincial Program;
  • consist of one or more evidence-based digital health solution(s) that can be formulated into an implementation study leading to the development of an innovative care model;
  • be supported by strong evidence of measurable impact (improve or maintain) patient health (i.e., clinical effectiveness) that results in a system benefit (generated from pilot testing in Alberta (preferable) or another health care setting);
  • have the potential to deliver significant, measurable impact to health system performance;
  • demonstrate a significant positive impact on the utilization of health resources within the timeframe of a PRIHS grant i.e., tests a solution that can likely generate cost savings and/or help avoid future costs.

How To Apply

This program is only available to invited applicants. Only approved Phase 1 EOI applicants are invited to the next phase.

Evaluation Process

All applications are reviewed and evaluated to determine fit with PRIHS objectives and intended outcomes. Alberta Innovates’ staff and external expert reviewers are engaged to evaluate applications. 

For more information, see the program guide. 

Support Resources

Antonio Bruni, PhD, MBA

Director, Health System Transformation - Health Innovation

Closed Intakes

PRIHS 8 - Intake

The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) Program was launched out of a shared commitment to develop research and innovation activities that contribute to health system sustainability in Alberta.


Registration closed: June 19, 2023 12:00 am

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