For questions about project fit and eligibility, please contact:
Seija Kromm, PhD
Assistant Scientific Director
Maternal Newborn Child & Youth Strategic Clinical Network®
For questions about the application process, please contact:
Courtney Lundy, ECE
Business and Grants Manager
PolicyWise for Children & Families
The full proposal and application form must be complete by October 4th 2016 at 4:00pm.
The mission of the Maternal Newborn Child and Youth (MNCY) Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) is “to bring together people, evidence and data to achieve the best possible health outcomes for mothers, newborns, children and families within a sustainable, publically funded health care system.” To facilitate this mission, Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) at Alberta Health Services (AHS) has made value-added funds available to the MNCY SCN to be used for research and quality improvement projects to improve health and clinical care for women, infants, children, and youth in Alberta
The application and review process for this RFP is being managed by PolicyWise for Children & Families. PolicyWise exists to improve child, family and community well-being by leading, creating and mobilizing research and evaluation for evidence-informed policy and practice. PolicyWise’ mission is to develop and integrate evidence to inform, identify and promote effective public policy and service delivery to improve the well-being of children, families and communities in Alberta, Canada and internationally.
The total amount of funding available over 3 years for all grants is $3.1 million. This Request for Proposals includes three grant types:
|Open Funding – Small||$5,000-$50,000||Up to 24 months|
|Targeted Funding – Small||$5,000-$50,000||Up to 24 months|
|Targeted Funding – Large||>$50,000-$375,000||Up to 36 months|
The open funding call will accept applications from projects identified as either CIHR pillar II or pillar III (http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/48801.html) that address improving health and clinical care for women, infants, children, and youth (the MNCY population). A nutrition component is welcome, but not required.
The targeted funding call will accept applications from projects identified as either CIHR pillar II or pillar III (http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/48801.html) that address a MNCY priority. A nutrition component is welcome, but not required. Applicants are required to provide an additional ½ page explanation outlining how the project aligns with and addresses the MNCY SCN priority, and how it will help the MNCY SCN achieve the purpose of the priority.
The targeted call (with the exception of priority #6) requires a project that proposes a change to how clinical care is managed (i.e. a pathway or innovation) and tests it (i.e. implementation and evaluation) either across the health care system, or in a pilot test, with the intent to scale and spread the change in care across the health care system if the pilot is successful. Proposed changes to health care management should be based on a solid background of evidence (i.e. translation of what we know into what we do). Projects focusing on priorities 1-5 will be given higher weight if the initiative is proposed by a team of investigators that represent the entire province, and focus on broader aspects of clinical care (e.g. multiple health care conditions).
Develop, implement, and evaluate Alberta perinatal pathways in the following areas:
Develop, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches in Alberta to support transition of child/youth with complex needs to adult care.
Develop, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches in Alberta to enhance optimal outcomes in paediatric concussion.
Develop, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to support obstetrical care and access for rural, Aboriginal and/or marginalized populations in Alberta.
Develop, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to optimize regional facility support for pediatric capacity in Alberta.
Regional facility support refers to acute care facilities and alleviating pressures on SCH and ACH and increasing use of regional acute care facilities.
Demonstrations of enhanced use of measurement and analytics to support improving patient outcomes in the MNCY population in Alberta.
The objective of this priority is to engage with Alberta researchers to facilitate the development of the MyCHILDALBERTA data repository (see figure below), which is a co-initiative of the MNCY SCN® and the PolicyWise for Children & Families (PolicyWise). Researchers should propose studies which will utilize linked Alberta Health, Human Services, Education and Justice and Solicitor General’s administrative datasets [see list of MyCHILD data sets below] to answer a well-formulated question that addresses important maternal or child health issues. Successful researcher’s will work collaboratively with the MNCY SCN team to link the necessary data sets within the MyCHILD data repository, then identify the desired data elements, extract and anonomize the data for the researcher to analyze. Proposals to expand the list of data sets and data analytic software to be included within the MyCHILD repository will also be evaluated favorably.
For targeted projects, the MNCY SCN will provide shared infrastructure/project management, fund management and potentially other supports (e.g., data analyst, communications support, etc.) that would eliminate the need for each project to independently seek these supports. An example of a common support and resource is a single project manager for all large grant projects. The types of support will depend on needs across all projects in order to create efficiencies in use of the Health Outcomes Improvement (HOI) Fund and discussions will be held with successful applicants to identify those opportunities. However, while efforts will be made to pool resources, individual investigators should identify their resource and budget requirements in full.
For questions please contact Dr. Seija Kromm, Assistant Scientific Director of the MNCY SCN by email at: Seija.Kromm@ahs.ca or by phone at 780-902-2940.
Decisions about eligible expenses will conform to the relevant Tri-council guidelines (see, http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/FinancialAdminGuide-GuideAdminFinancier/index_eng.asp), except retroactive expenses and indirect/grant administrative costs will not be supported.
The application will involve a two-step process:
Full proposals are due October 4th 2016 at 16:00 MDT and should be submitted via the online form, available after completing the online registration. Applicants can expect to be notified by the end of January 2017 about the results of their application.
Registration for this competition is now closed.
Registration will be used to:
All registrations will proceed to full proposal.
Registered applicants will be asked to submit their full proposal as an attachment with the online application form. The full proposals should include the following components in either Word or PDF format:
6 pages single spaced
The online application form will also require the following:
PolicyWise’ pre-existing review process will be used to review applications submitted for this competition. All applications will undergo an external peer-review process using the criteria listed below scored on a 9-point scale. A ranked list of applications will be send to the Health Outcomes Improvement (HOI) Fund Steering Committee for final selection based on quality, available funds, and distribution across priority areas. The decisions of the Steering Committee are final.
Successful applications will be required to provide confirmation of ethical approval or ARECCI score before funds are disbursed. For Quality Improvement projects, please use the ARECCI tool to determine if ethical approval is required. Ethical approval must be valid for the duration of the grant. If ethical approval is not required for the project, documentation of ARECCI score is required.
Successful applicants will be required to provide an annual report (which may be the final report depending on the length of funding). Reporting requirements are:
More information on reporting requirements will be provided to successful applicants. Reports will be available on the MNCY SCN® and PolicyWise’ websites.