Recipients: Health System Impact Embedded Early Career Researcher Award


The Health System Impact Embedded Early Career Researcher Award is a new funding opportunity from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. It is a new stream of funding under the long-standing Health System Impact Program. It provides researchers within the first five years of their academic careers with the opportunity to:

  • apply their research skills to help tackle health system challenges while being embedded in a health system organization in Canada
  • engage in research that has the potential to improve population health outcomes, improve care and patient experience, improve health care providers’ experience, lower costs and achieve better value for money, and improve health equity for all
  • build their collaborations and partnerships within and across the academic and health system communities

CIHR and host institutions are providing $800,000 over four years to 12 recipients, for a total investment of $9.6M.

Principal Investigator (academic institutions) Host Institution Project Title
Alexa R Yakubovich,
Dalhousie University
IWK Health Centre (Halifax) Strengthening the health system response to violence against women in Eastern Canada: an embedded research program in the Maritimes
Danielle M Nash,
London Health Sciences Centre Res. Inc. Western University
Ontario Health - Ontario Renal Network (Toronto) An Equitable and Efficient Provincial Learning Health System for Kidney Care
Éric Mercier,
Université Laval
Centre intégré universitaire santé et service sociaux Capitale Nationale (Québec) Les soins préhospitaliers d'urgence: une opportunité d'innover et d'améliorer les soins
Kyla Naylor,
London Health Sciences Centre Res. Inc. Western University
Trillium Gift of Life Network (Toronto) Increasing Equitable Access to Kidney Transplantation: A Partnership with the Trillium Gift of Life Network-Ontario Health
Marissa Bird,
University of Toronto
Trillium Health Partners (Mississauga, ON) Cultivating Organizational Ambidexterity within a Learning Health System: Balancing Exploitative and Explorative Health Innovation
Sahr Wali,
University of Toronto
University Health Network (Toronto) Bridging our worldviews: Using reflexive innovation strategies to transform culturally safe cardiovascular care with underserved communities in Ontario
Britney L Benoit,
St. Francis Xavier University
Nova Scotia Health Authority (Halifax) Partnering for improved perinatal and neonatal health care in rural Nova Scotia - The PARTNER Program
Deepa Singal,
University of Alberta
Autism Alliance of Canada (Toronto) Transforming Autism Research and Policy at the National Level: A Program for Evidence-Based Solutions and Inclusive Research
Jillian E Halladay,
McMaster University
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Breaking barriers: Improving engagement and treatment for young adults with co-occurring substance use and mental health concerns
Elena Lopatina,
University of Calgary
Alberta Health Services Strategic Clinical Networks Advancing a Learning Health System for Chronic Pain Management in Alberta: Embedded Research with the Provincial Virtual Pain Program, Alberta Pain Strategy
Anna J Dare,
University of Toronto
Unity Health Toronto Accounting for the social determinants of health in cancer outcomes
Elisabeth Vesnaver,
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute Inc University of Ottawa
BORN Ontario (Ottawa) Building a culture of equitable implementation science to advance prenatal screening in Ontario

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