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Call for Proposals: Multi-Jurisdiction Algorithm Development

Health Data Research Network Canada (HDRN Canada) has created the Data Access Support Hub (DASH) to facilitate efficient data access for investigators who conduct multi-jurisdictional, people and patient-focused research. To further develop its resources, HDRN Canada aims to validate and/or test algorithms to measure health status, health service use, and the determinants of health across multiple jurisdictions.

The Algorithm Inventory on DASH was initially developed to provide a repository of published algorithms that have been tested in two or more provinces or territories. However, there is more work needed to develop new algorithms that can benefit cross-jurisdictional research.

HDRN Canada is now inviting applications from investigators seeking to lead a validation or feasibility study that will be supported by in-kind resources. Successful applicants to this call will have the opportunity to test multiple algorithms pertaining to one measure/health condition for population health, health service use, or the determinants of health across multiple provinces/territories. The study could produce new algorithms for a chronic or acute health condition, a measure of socio-economic status developed by linking administrative and Statistics Canada Census data, or algorithms to identify key users of the healthcare system, like high-cost users. These validation or feasibility studies will benefit researchers, decision makers, and patients.

How to apply:

The application form can be downloaded here. 

Questions can be directed to

Applicants will be contacted in mid-July to be informed of the status of their application(s).

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the budget for this Call for Proposals?

There is no fixed budget for this Call. HDRN Canada will provide in-kind support, which involves assisting the proposal team in navigating the data access request processes across provinces/territories, extracting the data, and conducting the analyses. HDRN Canada has provided funding to each of the provinces/territories for analytic support to help develop the network and work with applicants to carry out their analysis plans. These analysts will assist with completion of the projects. Each principal investigator/team must be prepared to work with the analysts in each site to develop the analytic protocol and complete all data access requests. 

Is this a research grant?

This call for proposals is not a research grant. Rather, it is a partnership between HDRN Canada and the principal investigator. A memorandum of understanding will be established for all approved proposals. This memorandum of understanding will describe the work to be undertaken and the timeline(s) for completion of important milestones.

Do the principal investigators and team members need to submit their CVs with the application form?

CVs are not required to accompany the application. Applicants are asked to describe their expertise as it relates to their proposal. This could include recent publications or relevant research projects.

Who can apply to the call?

The call is open to trainees (graduate students or post-doctoral fellows) or established investigators who have experience in feasibility or validation studies and have the ability to carry out the proposed research.

What is the timeline for this Call for Proposals?

Proposals are due on July 13th 2020 and successful applicants will be contacted in early fall 2020 to discuss next steps. Discussions will take place with relevant sites and the applicant to determine steps forward (data access, support available from relevant sites). Ideally, proposals will be carried out and completed within one year of notification of a successful proposal, though time to access the data may be variable depending on what data are being requested and how many jurisdictions are involved.

Can multiple conditions/outcomes be included in each submitted proposal?

Only one condition/outcome will be considered in a proposal.

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