SUPPORT Unit business plan under development

17 December 2013

The development of a business plan for BC’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit is moving forward.

The initiative’s business plan development team has met twice to focus on how to capitalize on the unique opportunity presented by SPOR to change the way research is conceived, conducted, and applied in BC. Over the next several months, the team will spearhead the collaborative development of a business plan submission to CIHR outlining the scope and vision for BC’s SUPPORT Unit.

The business plan, informed by perspectives from across the BC research community, is expected to be complete by late March 2014.

The SPOR SUPPORT Unit initiative is not a traditional grant opportunity, but rather a collaborative process that will build infrastructure to benefit the conduct of health research in BC. The business plan will lay the groundwork for a regional service centre to provide specialized expertise and resources for patient-oriented research.

To ensure patient perspectives are represented throughout the business plan’s development, Colleen McGavin and Gail Starr, Patient Voices Network members who sit on the SPOR initiative’s Interim Governing Council, have been asked to support the core writing team.

The business plan development team’s next step is to refine the vision for BC’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit. This process will include a review of all expressions of interest submitted by individuals and research teams to ensure the SUPPORT Unit is informed by a wide range of perspectives.

All individuals and teams who submitted expressions of interest will be invited to a workshop in January for additional consultation.