Proposals wanted: Rapid review of jurisdictional responses to opioid overdose crises

In light of the ongoing opioid epidemic MSFHR is proud to support BC’s Joint Task Force on Overdose Prevention and Response by funding research that will provide some of the evidence the task force needs to fulfil its mandate.

Most recently, MSFHR has issued a request for proposals from experienced researchers or research teams able to conduct a rapid review of jurisdictional responses to opioid overdose crises.

The review must focus on how other jurisdictions have responded to similar crises, particularly those involving fentanyl and related analogues, those that have attempted to integrate health and public safety, and jurisdictions outside of Canada that are responding to similar situations.

Recognizing the urgent need for this information, the review must be conducted over a maximum period of eight weeks. MSFHR will fund one research team to carry out the proposed project.

Findings of the review will be presented and discussed with Joint Task Force members and relevant experts, and will inform BC’s ongoing response to the current public health emergency. The findings will also inform the design of a subsequent evaluation of the opioid crisis response strategy. MSFHR plans to launch a separate funding opportunity for this evaluation.

Key dates

  • Proposal deadline: March 15, 2017
  • Applicants notified of funding decision: March 20, 2017
  • Anticipated rapid review presentation: May 1, 2017 (TBC)
  • Final rapid review report deadline: May 15, 2017

Co-led by the health and public safety sectors, the Joint Task Force is leading an integrated response to the public health emergency across BC’s public health and public safety sectors. This rapid review is the second component of MSFHR’s support for the Task Force on Overdose Prevention and Response. In 2016, MSFHR funded Dr. Roy Purssell and his colleagues in the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine to study optimal naloxone dosing.

  • Further information, eligibility requirements and details on how to apply are available here.

Proposals will be accepted from experienced researchers or research teams affiliated with a BC host institution that is eligible to hold MSFHR funds, or experienced BC-based private, for-profit or not-for-profit researchers, research teams and organizations.

For questions related to this request for proposals please contact Cindy Soules, Manager, Research Programs (Provincial Initiatives).