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Alberta Innovates—Health Solutions

Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Website: www.albertainnovates.ca        
Tel.: 780-423-5727
E-Mail: health@albertainnovates.ca
Organization Leadership: Jacques Magnan, Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

Alberta Innovates—Health Solutions (AIHS) “represents the dynamic, newly aligned agencies in Alberta’s publicly funded research and innovation system.” The Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research funds it. AIHS “works with key innovation support agencies, with publicly funded post-secondary institutions, health care institutions, industry, and government to further research and innovation in the province.”

Activities

The research aimstoenhance care and practice in areas such as cardiovascular health, brain development and health, diabetes, biomedical technologies, infectious diseases, and bone and joint health. Through strengthened research and technology collaboration, there is increased focus on creating new knowledge and catalyzing groundbreaking discoveries that result in new tools, processes, and technologies for improving health and well-being. Program areas include applied health research programs, health technology assessment, performance management, and the Research Transfer Network of Alberta.

Specifically, AIHS supports the economic and social well-being of Albertans, To do so, it supports health research and innovation activities aligned with Government of Alberta priorities, including, without limitation, activities directed at the development and growth of the health sectors, the discovery of new knowledge, and the application of that knowledge.

Primary Focus

Scientific research

Research Capacity

In-house and external

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca
Organization Leadership: Alain Beaudet, President

Mandate

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) “was created to transform health research in Canada by funding more research on targeted priority areas; building research capacity in underdeveloped areas, such as population health and health services research; training the next generation of health researchers; and focusing on knowledge translation, so that the results of research are transformed into policies, practices, procedures, products, and services.”

Activities

“CIHR integrates research through a unique interdisciplinary structure made up of 13 ‘virtual’ institutes…networks of researchers brought together to focus on important health problems.”

“To create the best new health knowledge, CIHR works with organizations from the public, private, and voluntary sectors across Canada to fund top research projects. [It also provides] awards to the finest students and trainees across all areas of health research, helping them to become the health research and knowledge translation leaders of tomorrow.

“Knowledge translation is the term chosen by CIHR to describe the ways that research can be applied to real-life situations. It refers to turning research discoveries into action for health and socio-economic benefits. Knowledge translation ensures that the results of …funded research are shared with Canadians in order to improve their health and our health care system.”

Research is conducted in many areas, including health services, policy, and population and public health.

Primary Focus

Scientific research, operations management, and health human resources

Research Capacity

Outsourced

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

This is a funding organization; only general research findings are listed.

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Fonds de recherche du Québec—Santé

Location: Montréal, Quebec
Website: www.frqs.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.shtml
Tel.: 514-873-2114
Organization Leadership: President and Chief Executive Officer (position vacant)

Mandate

The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) reports “to the minister in charge of Quebec’s department for economic development, innovation, and export trade (ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation) and [its] mandate is to implement government strategy with respect to human health research as presented in the Quebec Research and Innovation Strategy.”

Activities

The FRQS funds projects conducted by individual researchers who apply for grants. It “plays a leading role in planning and coordinating the development of health research in Quebec.”

Primary Focus

Operations management

Research Capacity

Outsourced

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

This is a funding organization; only general research findings are listed.

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Manitoba Health Research Council

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Website: www.mhrc.mb.ca 
Tel.: 204-775-1096
Organization Leadership: Christina Weise, Executive Director

Mandate

The Manitoba Health Research Council “is mandated to promote and assist in basic, clinical, and applied research in the health sciences in Manitoba, and to advise the minister in respect of such matters relating to health research as the minister may refer to the Council for its consideration.”

Activities

“Council provides funds for research in the health sciences through a number of grants and awards programs…Funding is focused towards support of new investigators through the Manitoba Chairs program and Operating and Establishment Grants.”

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

Outsourced

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes No No

Relevant Research

n/a

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Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Website: www.msfhr.org  
Tel.: 604-730-8322 or 1-866-673-4722
Organization Leadership: Bruce P. Clayman, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

The Foundation’s mandate is to “strengthen B.C.’s health research enterprise—which, in turn, improves the health of British Columbians, their health system, and their economy.”

Activities

The Foundation’s programs fund individuals supporting health researchers across the spectrum, from trainees to those with well-established careers; fund teams supporting health researchers to work collaboratively; fund research that addresses health system priorities; and mobilize the community, bringing together B.C.’s universities, health authorities, non-profit organizations, and government for health research planning and action.

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No No No

Relevant Research

n/a

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Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research

Location: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Website: www.nlcahr.mun.ca 
Tel.: 709-777-6993
Organization Leadership: Stephen Bornstein (709-777-6768), Director

Mandate

The Centre’s “mission is to contribute to the effectiveness of the health and community services system of Newfoundland and Labrador and to the physical, social, and psychological health and well-being of the province’s population by supporting the development and the use of applied health research in [the] province.”

Activities

Projects on applied health include “health and community services and policies, health systems organization, population health, public health, community health, epidemiology, health technology assessment, knowledge translation, and clinical practices.”

Primary Focus

Applied health research

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Website: www.nshrf.ca
Tel.: 902-424-4043
Organization Leadership: Krista Connell (902-424-8430), Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

The goal of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) “is to assist, collaborate with, and fund individuals and organizations conducting health research in the province. [The NSHRF] supports the health research enterprise through three programs: Research Enterprise Development Initiatives (REDI), Research Programs, and Knowledge Programs. Program elements are either investigator or priority driven. [NSHRF] priorities maximize the impact of the health research enterprise on informed decision-making through the focused and efficient use of NSHRF resources.”

Activities

“The NSHRF exists to improve the health of Nova Scotians through health research….[It works with the] provincial government, health authorities, and health researchers on a number of initiatives and funding opportunities.” There are four research categories: medical research, health policy research, health outcomes research, and health services research.

Primary Focus

Scientific research and public policy reform

Research Capacity

Outsourced

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

n/a

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Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Website: www.shrf.ca  
Tel.: 1-800-975-1699
Organization Leadership: June Bold, Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

“The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) funds and facilitates the work of health researchers, strengthens health research and innovation, and maximizes the growth of this R&D sector of the health industry.”

Activities

The SHRF manages Saskatchewan’s health research investment, provides leadership as it works with all stakeholders, and encourages health care innovation. It also informs policy and product development, delivering benefits to Saskatchewan people and the economy as a whole.”

Primary Focus

Comprehensive

Research Capacity

Outsourced

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

n/a

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