AHS Respiratory Health SCN Research & Innovation Seed Grants


The Scientific Office of the Respiratory Health Strategic Clinical NetworkTM (RHSCN) will fund up to three Research and Innovation Seed (RIS) Grants to support short-term, pilot research projects, student-initiated research, or research and innovation activities in the area of respiratory health. The RHSCN RIS Grants will aim to support new investigators, with a further aim of building respiratory research capacity in the province.

Up to three awards of up to $10,000 each will be offered for a total funding support of $30,000. The duration of the grant period will be for one year. Preference will be given to projects that address the SCN agenda of quality, efficiency, health service delivery, health care improvement (including primary prevention), evidence informed practices, patient engagement, knowledge translation and analysis of large data sets. Investigators are encouraged to consider seeking additional funding partners to leverage the research dollars. For more information on the priorities of the RHSCN, please refer to the website: https://extranet.ahsnet.ca/teams/SCNs/RHSCN/SitePages/Home.aspx. 

Eligibility Criteria:


  • Eligible applicants are investigators (hereinafter referred to as Principal Investigator [PI]) must be a faculty member in one of Alberta’s academic institutions (e.g., clinical faculty or academic faculty such as clinical scholars or adjunct/assistant/associate/full professors).
  • The PI may only hold a single active RIS Grant but may be a co-investigator on multiple awards.
  • A member of the research team must be affiliated with AHS
  • At least one of the awards will be designated for a ‘new investigator’. This is defined as Applicants must be within 5 years of their first academic or independent research appointment, and not having previously received RHSCN RIS Grant Funds.


Funding will be considered for the following activities:

  • Pilot research projects, aligned with RHSCN objectives with intent to use the results to pursue later funding for a larger grant application to agencies such as AIHS, PRIHS, and/or CIHR applications.
  • Research activities within already established RHSCN research projects with the potential to advance knowledge translation and/or health care delivery in their respective field.
  • Pilot research projects or research activities that are realistic in terms of scope and goals) within the grant timelines.
  • Pilot research projects or research activities with clear and measurable goals and aligned with the AHS metrics for success.

Eligible Expenses:

RHSCN RIS Grant funds should be used for work directly related to the proposed research project/activities. Some examples of eligible expenses include:

  • Stipend support for trainees or salary support for research staff.
  • Research operating expenses, including general office supplies or equipment.
  • Expenses for provincial travel that is essential for the conduct of the study (such as data collection or study training activities).
  • Other expenses may be considered but will require justification.

Funding will NOT be provided for:

  • Previously incurred expenses (expenses incurred prior to the implementation of the grant)
  • Expenses for out of province travel and/or registration to conferences, meetings, symposia or presentations.
  • Principal Investigator(s) salary.
  • Publication costs, legal or patent fees, membership fees, academic fees, or secretarial support.
  • Tuition or scholarships for project staff.
  • University overhead costs.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Principal Investigators may only hold one grant at a time, but may be co-investigators on other applications.



December 1, 2018 Call for RHSCN RIS Funding applications

December 21, 2018 Register Intention to Submit

January 15, 2019 Applications due

February 15, 2019 Review of applications by Review Committee complete

March 1st, 2019 Awards notification

March 15th, 2019-or later Funds dispersed (following confirmation of REB approval)

Applications submitted by January 15, 2019 will be considered for funding.

Notification of award status (March 1st, 2019) will be sent by email to the contact email address provided in the application.


Heather Sharpe, RN, PhD

Assistant Scientific Director

Respiratory Health Strategic Clinical Network

Email: heather.sharpe@albertahealthservices.ca

Phone: (403) 710-0316


Agency Name: 
Alberta Health Services
Contact Name: 
Penny D'Agnone
Grant Amount: 
$10,000 over one year. Indirect costs (overhead costs) are ineligible.
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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