SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations: Phase I (completed)

Questions

  1. Is there any flexibility with the January 10, 2014 deadline?
  2. How would a collaboration of provinces apply in Phase I? Would one application be needed, or would each regional of the collaboration need to submit an application?
  3. Since one network will be approved per funding pool, how do you anticipate the collaborations to work at this phase?
  4. If multiple proposals are submitted from a given province, will they be asked to merge or be evaluated competitively as separate proposals?
  5. Are provinces expected to initiate a competitive process to identify candidate networks?
  6. How do you distinguish a federal group?
  7. Is there an expectation of where the matching funds will come from?
  8. Have the provincial agencies committed to the matching funds already or is this something that applicants must pursue?
  9. Is the Scientific Lead to be the Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA)? Who will be the recipients of the network development grant - universities? governments? health services agencies?
  10. Is a clinician researcher eligible to be the clinical lead?
  11. What training or support will be provided to the networks with respect to how the networks function; same question at national level for network of networks?
  12. As part of the Development Fund grant, the budget is to include the cost of the tri-partite leads to participate in the Strengthening Workshop. Over how many days will the workshop take place?
  13. If successful with the network development grant, what time frame has the Network to apply to become a member network of the pan-Canadian Network?
  14. In the context of this funding opportunity, what does the term jurisdiction mean?
  15. Is it possible to have members from other provinces but still only have the application represent one province?

Answers

1. Is there any flexibility with the January 10, 2014 deadline?

In order for the Network Development Grant funds to be dispersed this fiscal year, the deadline must remain January 10th at 8pm EST.

2. How would a collaboration of provinces apply in Phase I? Would one application be needed, or would each regional of the collaboration need to submit an application?

A collaboration of provinces/territories can apply at Phase I. For this phase, each individual province or territory would be required to submit an application to their respective pool and individually meet the eligibility requirements. As part of the proposal, the individual province or territory would describe the collaboration and would focus on their contribution to the collaboration. This could include how the ten membership requirements are being addressed across the collaboration. Please note that collaborating provinces/territories are eligible to apply for a CIHR contribution equivalent to the number of provinces/territories that collaborate. For example, if three provinces intend to collaborate to form a member network, they could apply for up to $225,000 from CIHR and would be required to secure external partnership contributions to match this at the 1:1 ratio. To be eligible to receive the increased amount, each component jurisdiction would have to be ranked at the top of their respective funding pool. Note that in the example above, if two of the three provinces were ranked at the top of their respective funding pool, the jurisdictional collaboration would still continue, but it would instead receive $150,000 from CIHR instead of $225,000.

The following is a scenario if province X is collaborating with province Y; however province Y does not have any matching funds. If province Y wants the possibility to be selected as the network for their province, they would need to submit to their respective pool. A few options to consider:

  1. Province Y can submit an application to their respective pool even if they do not have a funding request. Also they do not need to request the full $75,000. If less can be matched, that can be requested.
  2. As part of the collaboration, province X would only be allowed to request a maximum of $75,000. If additional funds were able to be secured from province X – the collaborative partnership could choose to put these towards province Y. Then province Y would submit in their respective pool with that amount. However, if either of the applications is not the top ranked in their pool, then the matching funding would not be secured for the one that was not successful.

Province Y does not submit in their respective pool; therefore they would not be considered the provincial network (in the network of networks). If both the province X/province Y partnership network application and another province Y network application were successful at this stage, the Strengthening Workshop would be an opportunity to foster those relationships with the selected province Y network.

3. Since one network will be approved per funding pool, how do you anticipate the collaborations to work at this phase?

At this phase, collaborations can be developed to support groups in addressing the overall requirements and plans of how the member network will achieve the requirements and desired outcomes.

4. If multiple proposals are submitted from a given province, will they be asked to merge or be evaluated competitively as separate proposals?

At the time of submission, the applicants will not be asked to merge. Following the results of this stage, mechanisms will be in place to encourage those that were not successful to connect with the network funded and discuss possible collaboration.

5. Are provinces expected to initiate a competitive process to identify candidate networks?

There is not an expectation that a province or territory will initiate a competitive process to identify its network.

6. How do you distinguish a federal group?

An eligible federal jurisdiction must have responsibility for delivering health services
(e.g., Armed Forces, federal Aboriginal Health).

7. Is there an expectation of where the matching funds will come from?

The overview of the Network Membership Requirements notes that a network's partnership funding can come from a variety of public, private for-profit and/or private not-for-profit sources (e.g., ministries of health, social services, and/or education; provincial health funding organizations; health charities; private foundations, etc.). The only restrictions for the matching funds are: they cannot include other tri-agency funds and cannot be funds that were previously leveraged for other CIHR activities.

Matching partner contributions can include up to 25% eligible cash equivalent contributions and can be backdated up to one year prior to the Development Fund application deadline. The backdating of partner funds needs to be justified and detailed in the budget justification.

8. Have the provincial agencies committed to the matching funds already or is this something that applicants must pursue?

CIHR has not secured partner funding. This will be the responsibility of the applicants to secure the required matching funding.

9. Is the Scientific Lead to be the Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA)? Who will be the recipients of the network development grant - universities? governments? health services agencies?

The lead of this network will be via a tri-partite leadership. For the purpose of administration of the funds and reporting to CIHR, the NPA must be one of the tri-partite leaders who is affiliated with a CIHR Eligible Institution Authorized to Administer Grant and Award Funds.

10. Is a clinician researcher eligible to be the clinical lead?

A clinician researcher can be deemed either the clinical or research lead – not both. The eligibility criteria specify that the clinical lead must be a health professional who is actively engaged in health care delivery. The leadership will need to be made of the three distinct required members: policy, clinical and research.

11. What training or support will be provided to the networks with respect to how the networks function; same question at national level for network of networks?

One of the evaluation criteria for the Network Development Funds relates to governance and specifies that applications will be assessed for: appropriateness of plan to develop an evidence-informed governance structure with clearly defined roles, accountabilities and dispute resolution mechanisms that will enable the network to achieve defined goals and integrate citizen/patient/family, policy maker, researcher, health professional participation in the governance of the network.

Within three months of the notice of decision for the Network Development Funds competition, successful recipients will attend a strengthening workshop in to help prepare for their application to become members in the pan-Canadian SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations.

12. As part of the Development Fund grant, the budget is to include the cost of the tri-partite leads to participate in the Strengthening Workshop. Over how many days will the workshop take place?

We are envisioning a two-day workshop.

13. If successful with the network development grant, what time frame has the Network to apply to become a member network of the pan-Canadian Network?

It is anticipated that recipients of Network Development Funds will apply to become members in the pan-Canadian SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations in the fall of 2014. This timeframe is subject to evolve, and CIHR will keep all informed of any changes that arise.

14. In the context of this funding opportunity, what does the term jurisdiction mean?

As defined in the funding opportunity, a jurisdiction can be provincial, territorial, federal, or regional (i.e., a combination of more than one province and/or territory). Provinces and/or territories that collaborate to form a member network are eligible to apply for a CIHR contribution equivalent to the number of provinces and/or territories that collaborate.

15. Is it possible to have members from other provinces but still only have the application represent one province?

Applications that represent one province/territory may have members from other provinces that have expertise required to address the member network requirements. The tri-partite leads must be from the province submitting.

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