BC researchers express strong interest in SPOR SUPPORT Unit

16 September 2013

BC is one step closer to developing a regional service centre for patient-oriented research after completing the first phase of a call for expressions of interest.

Forty-seven registrations were received by the Sept. 4 deadline from researchers or research teams interested in participating in BC’s Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Unit. The unit is being developed as part of CIHR’s national Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) and will provide specialized expertise and infrastructure for patient-oriented research in BC.

All confirmed registrants have been contacted by MSFHR with instructions for submitting their full applications by the Sept. 30 deadline.

Of the 47 registrations, 29 research teams and eight individuals expressed interest in serving as a leader in the development of the business plan for one or more of the SUPPORT Unit’s anticipated core functions:

  • 29 expressed interest in health systems, knowledge translation, and implementation
  • 24 expressed interest in data platforms and services
  • 22 expressed interest in real-world clinical trials
  • 10 expressed interest in all three core functions

Submissions were received from all regions of BC, including the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Northern BC, and the Interior.

Review process

Following the Sept. 30 deadline for full applications, a shortlist of potential leads for each of the SUPPORT Unit’s core functions will be assembled based on the eligibility criteria in the Expressions of Interest guidelines.

The shortlist of function leads will be evaluated by a review group composed of representatives of MSFHR and the BC Ministry of Health, as well as an external group of subject experts from outside BC’s health research community. The membership of this committee will be announced publicly once confirmed.

Shortlisted function leads may be selected for interviews by the external expert group. Based on this review process, recommendations will be presented to the SUPPORT Unit’s Interim Governing Council for approval.

The approved core function leads will be invited to develop the BC SUPPORT Unit business plan with a targeted completion date of winter 2013/14.