The mission of the Maternal Newborn Child and Youth (MNCY) Strategic Clinical NetworkTM (SCNTM) 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 (QI) projects to improve health and clinical care for mothers, infants, children, and youth.
The Health Outcomes Improvement Fund II (HOIF II) competition is designed for research and QI proposals for projects conducted at the bedside or in the community where patients, clients or populations in Alberta are impacted.
Specifically, HOIF II will fund innovative projects that are likely to demonstrate practical/clinical differences, optimization of health service resource utilization, improved quality of care and/or reductions in disparities of health outcomes for MNCY SCN Albertan populations.
The impact of these projects should be feasible to achieve within the funding term (2 to 3 years) with solid plans for implementation and evaluation.
|Registrations Due||4:00 pm (MST) Monday, October 15th, 2018|
|Applications Due||4:00 pm (MST) Monday, December 17th, 2018|
|Notice of Funding Decision||April 2019|
The following proposals are invited:
|Open Projects – Small||$5,000 – $50,000||Up to 24 months|
|Targeted Projects – Small||$5,000 – $50,000||Up to 24 months|
|Targeted Projects – Large||>$50,000 – $375,000||Up to 36 months|
Proposals for projects with budgets up to $50,000 and a duration of two years, which have the potential to improve the quality of care and health outcomes for one of the MNCY SCN populations in Alberta (maternal, newborns, children and youth) will be considered. Budgets should be appropriate for the scope of the project and feasibility to complete work within the two year duration should be considered.
Targeted Projects (Large or Small)
Projects that address one of the MNCY SCN priorities can be applied for under the following two terms:
Budgets should be appropriate for the scope of the project. Consideration of feasibility to complete the project within the respective durations is also a component of decision to apply in the Small or Large Target category.
A determination of fit with the MNCY SCN priority will be completed as soon as the registration is received or by October 31, 2018 at the latest, and communicated back to the Principal Investigator prior to proceeding to full application. If a proposed project does not fit MNCY SCN priorities as determined by the committee, the proposal can still be submitted in the Open Project Category.
Targeted projects must address one of the following MNCY SCN priorities within the Alberta context:
Note: Targeted projects propose a change to how clinical care is managed (i.e., a pathway or other innovation) and tests it (i.e., implementation and evaluation) either across the healthcare system, or in a pilot test, with the intent to scale and spread the change in care if the pilot is successful. Proposed changes to healthcare management should be based on a solid background of evidence (i.e., translation of what we know into what we do).
The application will involve a two-step process:
Registration is a requirement to submit the full application.
Please contact Laurie Vermeylen (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you did not receive a confirmation email and believe you should have.
Registrations are to be submitted through REDCap.
The following details are required for registration:
Registration will be used to:
For targeted registrations only:
Registrations are due by 4:00 pm (MST) Monday, October 15th, 2018 and should be submitted through the REDCap link.
Full Application and Proposal – Due December 17, 2018, 4pm MST
Registered applicants will be asked to submit their full proposal as an attachment with the online application form through REDCap.
Full proposals are due December 17th 2018 and should be submitted via the online form provided. Applicants can expect to be notified early March, 2019 about the results of their application.
The online form will require the following:
Full proposals are due December 17th 2018 and must be submitted via the online form provided. Applicants can expect to be notified early in March of 2019 about the results of their application.
Registered applicants will be asked to submit their full proposal as an attachment with the online application form.
Full proposals have a maximum limit of 6 pages (single spaced, 11-point Arial font, 1 inch margins). They can be submitted in Word or PDF format. Applications that do not follow page-limit, spacing, and font size will not be considered for review.
The full 6-page proposals have should include the following components:
PI’s should also include in their proposal, ANY of the following factors, as positive consideration will be given for evidence of:
Note: MyChildAlberta is a comprehensive repository linking maternal and child-related health data to help healthcare practitioners, administrators, researchers and policy makers more fully understand issues faced by pregnant women and/or children and to allow them to design, implement and evaluate innovative approaches to address these problems.
PolicyWise for Children & Families will manage the application and review process using similar criteria to the previous HOIF funding call. In general, this will include an external peer-review process using the criteria described below scored on a 9-point scale. Applications must score 75% or higher to be considered eligible for funding. If any applications score in this range but receive a 0 or 1 in any category, the HOIF II Steering Committee will review the application to determine its eligibility
For applications submitted to the targeted call, an internal review by members of the HOIF II Steering Committee will be conducted to assess relevance and potential impact to the MNCY SCN priorities. This internal review will run concurrently with the external peer review and scores from both will be considered.
A ranked list of applications will be provided to the HOIF II Steering Committee for final selection.
|Descriptor||Score||Additional Guidance on Strengths and Weaknesses|
|Exceptional||8||Exceptionally strong with essentially no weaknesses|
|Outstanding||7||Extremely strong with negligible weaknesses|
|Excellent||6||Very strong with only some minor weaknesses|
|Very Good||5||Strong but with numerous minor weaknesses|
|Good||4||Strong but with at least one moderate weakness|
|Satisfactory||3||Some strengths but also some moderate weaknesses|
|Fair||2||Some strengths but with at least one major weakness|
|Marginal||1||A few strengths and a few major weaknesses|
|Poor||0||Very few strengths and numerous major weaknesses|
The following elements will be part of the review criteria:
If projects include work with Indigenous populations, the team must abide by Tri-Council Guidelines for Research involving the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples of Canada and the OCAP principles.
The HOIF II Steering Committee will make the final selection of funded projects from the ranked proposals. In cases of tied review scores, PolicyWise will provide syntheses of reviewer comments to a sub-group of the HOIF II Steering Committee. The sub-group will review the tied projects and make a recommendation to the HOIF II Steering Committee.
Prior to releasing funds to successful applicants the following must be provided:
Use of funding shall follow the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide. Some eligible and ineligible expenses are listed below.
Funding may be requested for:
Funding will NOT be provided for:
The above lists are not exhaustive. Questions about specific items can be directed to the Assistant Scientific Director (MNCY SCN™) or HOIF II Project Manager.
Successful applicants will be required to provide interim and annual reports depending on the length of funding. A final report will also be due three months from the end of the funding term. Completed reports will be made available on the MNCY SCN website.
More information on reporting requirements will be provided to successful applicants.