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Enabling all Albertans have access to effective cancer screening

Early detection is one of the best tools we have to successful treat cancer, but ensuring that every Albertan has access to cancer screening is a major challenge for our health system. Cancer screening is a complex process that is frequently less accessible for Albertans facing social or economic disadvantages. Those impacted by discrimination or exclusion on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic factors, sexual orientation, disability or geographic location are more likely to have negative health outcomes.

In order to give all Albertans the best possible chance as at positive outcome after a diagnosis of cancer, Alberta Innovates worked closely with key stakeholders to identify the gaps, barriers, resources and opportunities in the cancer screening ecosystem. As a result, we have partnered with Alberta Health to deliver the Cancer Screening Research and Innovation Opportunity (CSRIO), with a specific emphasis on identifying and addressing issues in health disparities and potentially underserved populations.

The CSRIO will take a bold three-pronged approach to supporting the discovery and application of solutions to enhance cancer screening:

  • Serve as an engagement platform to create collaboration amongst stakeholders in the healthcare sector;
  • Support the implementation and evaluation of novel solutions that will enhance cancer screening in underserved populations; and
  • Support the identification of cancer screening gaps in underserved populations by leveraging and linking disparate data sources.

How the program works

CSRIO is intended to provide funding to post-secondary institutions, community-based non-profit-organizations and health delivery agents. Representatives must hold an academic appointment or be an executive/clinical leader an eligible organization.

Community engagement

On January 17, 2019 a consultation with key stakeholders took place to help shape the call. Read the full report.

Pick your stream

CSRIO is a three-year, $3 million program composed of three independent streams. All streams run concurrently. Eligible applicants may apply to one or all three streams. Regardless of the stream, projects must address a key determinant of health, such as individual behaviour, social environment, physical environment or health services.

Stream I: community engagement

For applicants looking to implement cross- organizational or sectoral engagement.

  • Deadline: Continuous intake until August 2021
  • Term: Up to six months
  • Value: Up to $10,000

Stream II: solution implementation

For applicants seeking to test the implementation of a solution to a defined gap in cancer screening in underserved populations.

  • Deadline: August 30, 2019
  • Term: Up to 24 months
  • Value: Up to $750,000

Stream III: data integration & analysis to define new gaps

For applicants seeking to optimize cancer screening by linking disparate data sources to identify, verify, define and/or better understand gaps.

  • Deadline: TBA
  • Term: Up to 12 months
  • Value: Up to $500,000

How to apply

Applications will be accepted through our online portal.

For more information about the streams, contact the program manager or refer to the program guide.


For more information about CSRIO, please refer to the following resources: