**Announcing the 2018 ARCC Seed Grant Competition**

ARCC is pleased to announce the launch of our 2018 Seed Grant competition!

The purpose of the ARCC Seed Grant program is to provide initial ‘start-up’ funding for new or existing researchers to conduct research. The proposed research is to be in an area that is relevant to ARCC, specifically demonstrating alignment with one of the core ARCC Program Areas (Health Technology Assessment; Health Systems, Services, and Policy; Societal Values and Public Engagement; and Survivorship).

In addition, the special theme of this ARCC Seed Grant Competition will focus on Patient-Oriented Research.

Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time (http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/41204.html). Patient-oriented research refers to a continuum of research that engages patients as partners, focuses on patient-identified priorities and improves patient outcomes. This research, conducted by multidisciplinary teams in partnership with relevant stakeholders, aims to apply the knowledge generated to improve healthcare systems and practices.

Applications for this competition must demonstrate that: (i) the proposed research aligns with one of the core ARCC Program Areas; and (ii) the research adopts a patient-oriented focus by following one or more of the of the key principles outlined below.

Key principles of patient-oriented research:

  • Patients need to be involved in all aspects of the research to ensure questions and results are relevant;
  • Decision-makers and clinicians need to be involved throughout the entire research process to ensure integration into policy and practice;
  • Effective patient-oriented research requires a multi-disciplinary approach; and
  • Patient-oriented research is outcome driven and incorporates performance measurement and evaluation as integral components of the initiative.

If the seed grant is to develop a larger application for a research grant, applicants should indicate how the full application will align with patient-oriented research.

Examples of studies that can be funded through this funding opportunity include studies that collect pilot data, studies involving analysis of administrative data, and studies that generate hypotheses for larger applications. Upon completion of the Seed Grant project, the research team should be able to demonstrate support for a larger funding application to external granting agencies by, for example: providing preliminary data to justify the need for further research, showing a foundation on which a larger project can be built, and producing deliverables related to a project plan.

View Seed Grant Guidelines

Download Application Form

Term: 12 months, Start ~April 2018

Value: up to $30,000 CAD

Application Deadline: February 28th, 2018

Eligibility: The Principal Investigator must be an ARCC member in good standing who is not currently receiving other ARCC funds related to the current project. The proposed project must not be funded by other sources, i.e. this is not a program to be used to top-up other grants. It is expected that the proposed budget for the project will be enough to complete the project without the requirement of other funds to make the project feasible.

Those who do not meet the above criteria may apply as co-investigators or collaborators along with a PI who meets the criteria.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask – email Kim @ kvdhoek@bccrc.ca or contact ARCC@cancercare.on.ca

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