Strategic priorities

ACRC Strategic Priorities align to our vision of increasing high quality, integrated, efficient clinical research in Alberta.

New strategic plan released

The ACRC has now completed Phase I of the inaugural Strategic Plan and we are entering Phase II with new Strategic Priorities. The strategic plan outlines priorities relevant to the vision of the ACRC as identified by our stakeholders and presents action plans, key steps, and proposed projects to achieve desired goals.

The three new Strategic Priorities are:

1.  Making clinical health research in Alberta clear, simple transparent and efficient: Improve the efficiency of clinical health research administrative processes across the province.

2. Partnerships and participation in clinical health research: Engage industry, funders, senior leaders, the public and community physicians to increase opportunities for Alberta clinical health researchers and patients.

3. Sustainable, integrated clinical health research: Identify the enabling actions, assets, resources and infrastructure for sustainable, integrated clinical health research.

ACRC Strategic Plan – Phase II

Strategic Plan at-a-glance Phase II

ACRC Provincial Initiative Timeline

2010 –  Alberta’s Health Research and Innovation Strategy (AHRIS) was developed to provide a framework to align the province’s health and clinical research goals with the government’s top priority of improving the health and well-being of Albertans.

2011 –  Members of Alberta’s clinical research community and the health care systems agreed that by working together guided by a common vision and purpose, we would be able to achieve great things for clinical research in Alberta.

2012 –  ACRC came together to celebrate the release of its Inaugural Strategic Plan and to envision the future of the clinical research in Alberta as one of the first provinces in Canada supported by such innovation.

2016 – Members of Alberta’s clinical research community and the health care systems came together to feedback on Phase I of the ACRC and on the opportunities for Optimizing Clinical Research in Alberta.

2017 – ACRC executive committee approved the ACRC Phase II Strategic Plan.

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By providing opportunities for professional development and networking, the ACRC promotes inter-organizational connectivity.

Processes and Technology

The ACRC supports the development of IT systems that facilitate the seamless exchange of appropriate information.


By providing tools, templates and resources guided by best practice and rooted in quality by design, we aim to build the capacity of clinical health research.


In order to facilitate a research culture in Alberta, the ACRC encourages physicians, nurses, staff and researchers to undertake clinical research as a part of their evidence-based clinical practice.