$750,000 FUNDING PARTNERSHIP CREATES NEW HEALTH RESEARCH CO-ORDINATOR POSITION
A new position of University Co-ordinator of Health Research will be created immediately at the University of Saskatchewan to help boost health research in the province.
The move is a $750,000-plus joint initiative over five years between the U of S and the Health Services Utilization and Research Commission (HSURC), the provincial health research granting agency.
A search will begin immediately for a suitable candidate to fill the position that will extend until March 31, 2005 and is renewable. The position is expected to be filled early in the new year.
"I am delighted that HSURC is partnering with us to help build research success in a broad range of health-related areas and take full advantage of new federal health research opportunities," said Michael Corcoran, U of S Vice-President Research. "In particular, I expect the new Co-ordinator will aid faculty members in addressing the cross-cutting themes of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the new federal granting agency which will create 'virtual institutes' to investigate health issues ranging from molecules to society and culture."
"We are confident that the $500,000 we're investing in this initiative over the next five years will have huge payoffs for health research and the health-care system in the province," said Liz Harrison, chair of HSURC. "It will help our researchers build productive collaborations, increase the amount of research being done here, and attract more national research dollars to Saskatchewan. HSURC is pleased that the University of Saskatchewan is making health research such a high priority, given its important link to improved health-care for the people of Saskatchewan."
HSURC will provide $100,000 per year toward salary and associated operational support. The U of S, subject to budget finalization, intends to provide $50,000 per year toward salary and associated support, as well as office space, secretarial assistance and other 'in-kind' operational support.
The Co-ordinator, who will report directly to the Vice-President Research, will inform health researchers of funding opportunities, encourage applications, and promote collaborations among researchers from a broad range of health-related areas.
He or she will lobby the provincial and federal government to ensure adequate support for health research in Saskatchewan and play a lead role in Saskatchewan's response to initiatives of the CIHR which will replace the Medical Research Council next April.
The successful candidate will also work with the University of Regina to share information about health research funding opportunities and help foster collaboration on that campus and with U of S researchers.
The Co-ordinator will work with an advisory committee that will meet at least twice a year. It will consist of representatives from key health research stakeholder organizations in the province including HSURC, U of S, U of R, Saskatoon District Health, Regina Health District and Saskatchewan Health.
The position will be reviewed mid-term to determine whether there's been a satisfactory increase in Saskatchewan researchers' participation and success rates in national competitions and in the amount of health research funding flowing to academic health researchers.
HSURC is an arm's-length, government-funded agency with a mandate to serve as the provincial health research funding agency and do health services research for Saskatchewan.
For more information, contact:
U of S Research Communications Officer
Office of the Vice-President Research
Health Services Utilization and Research Commission
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