About the AVP Research - Health (UofS) and VP Research and Innovation (SHR) Office
The Office builds partnerships and strategic alliances and supports health research and innovation initiatives, particularly those featuring partnerships between academia and service delivery (including clinicians and policy-makers); it facilitates health research funding and offers administrative support for the CIHR - SK Regional Partnership Program.
Catalyze health research and innovation opportunities.
The following are examples of services the Office assists with or provides:
- Coordination of the internal review process for applications to CIHR Operating and New Investigator and SHRF New Investigator Establishment and Equipment grants, Heart & Stroke and Bridge Funding
- Administration of the SK-CIHR Regional Partnership Program
- Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) EXTRA Program Support
- Review and development of health research related policies and procedures
- Design, budgeting, and management of proposals and projects
- Literature reviews, environmental scans, benchmarking and profiling of best practices
- Group facilitation and project coordination (particularly interdisciplinary, cross-sector teams)
- Focus group or interview facilitation
- Health research dissemination and knowledge translation
- Development of research design and analysis models
- Data set development and management
- End-user data analysis software training
- Research instrument development, validation and psychometric analysis
- Data analysis and synthesis
- Services related to clinical research are offered by Saskatoon Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR)
For the next three years, the office will focus on:
- Continue to push forward the following opportunities:
- Saskatchewan Centre for Innovation in Health Imaging (SCI-HI)
- Clinical Trials Unit
- Incubator for health systems innovations and research at City Hospital
- Broaden the Saskatchewan Drug Research Institute's (SDRI's) mandate to that of a ‘Clinical Research Centre'
- Document the learning from bringing forward strategies that require approval in multiple organizations and are of interest to multiple government ministries
- Develop and manage a pool of seed money to support joint SHR/UofS translational research (potential partnership with SHRF and HQC)
- Formalize mechanisms to meet directly with individual U of S and SHR health researchers (across the CIHR pillars) to identify opportunities, areas that are working well, and areas where improved services and supports are required
- Formalize relationships with SHR, U of S, and other key support units to develop best practices for working together
- Formalize relationships with the Health Science Deans Council, the associate deans research, the leadership of health research centres and groups, and college-based research support personnel, and other partners to work together strategically, in ways that reflect our shared accountability to support health research and innovation
- Work with SHR leadership to determine how the Office can best address program evaluation needs of SHR
- Work with SHR leadership to determine how the Office can best support the use of evidence and best practices to deliver strategic priorities
- Develop a plan for formalizing relationships with post-secondary institutions and other health regions, SpringBoard West, ILO, and the private sector, to maximize opportunities for partnerships and commercialization
10. Develop a plan for developing health research and innovation-related policy in the SHR; work with other support units to develop joint SHR and the U of S policy as indicated.
11. Develop a plan for delivering research communication and awareness building activities, including an on-line presence for the Office
12. Collaborate with other provincial stakeholders to develop a provincial "table" where health research and innovation relationships and partnerships may be advanced in order to develop our provincial capacity for health research and innovation
13. Collaborate with other provincial stakeholders to develop a provincial "table" where provincial health data and appropriate data access may be advanced in support of evidence-based health service delivery, innovation and research"The Joint Office works to bring together health related organizations to work toward common goals, most recently SCI-HI and the Saskatoon Clinical Trials Unit (http://blogs.usask.ca/healthresearch-Innovation/). Please contact Lyndi Fehr (Lyndi.Fehr@usask.ca) to access the services of the Joint Office, and service delivery organizations in general.