CIHR SPOR Rewarding Success

The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) have announced a Support for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Rewarding Success Initiative that will incentivize multidisciplinary research teams to enhance value-based care, health system sustainability, and health outcomes. This experimental funding model is being piloted in five provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland & Labrador.



Teams that will be funded through the Rewarding Success Initiative must be multidisciplinary, involving patients, healthcare delivery organizations, clinicians, and researchers who work together to find potential solutions to identified problems in health care. These solutions will:

  • reduce low value health care (e.g. unnecessary diagnostic tests/ drugs), and/or
  • address health care inefficiencies (e.g. wait lists), and/or
  • reduce avoidable morbidity (e.g. stroke)

Teams will partner with payers of health services (such as Ministries of Health or Regional Health Authorities) and/or charities and philanthropic organizations who recognize the identified challenges and agree to pay for successful improvement in outcomes, efficiencies, or reduction in low value services based on actual (e.g. lower drug costs) or measured but not readily retrievable savings (e.g. reduction in hospital admissions). Teams and their payers will work together to determine the outcomes, the metrics to be measured, the value of the payback, and the mechanism of the payback. If agreed-upon outcomes are achieved, there will be redistribution of a portion of the savings by the payer, which may be returned to the multidisciplinary research team, and/or redirected into an Innovation Fund, depending upon the agreements outlined.


In Newfoundland & Labrador, projects should align with the following Government NL- Department of Health and Community Services priorities:

1. Home and Community Care
2. Mental Health and Addictions
3. Primary Health Care
4. eHealth / Health Information Management


  • November 21, 2017: Phase 1 Idea Brief Deadline
  • December 21, 2017: Notice of Idea Brief Decision (maximim of 4 teams from NL to be chosen to receive travel grants of $2500 to attend the Ideathon)
  • February 6-7, 2018: Ideathon in Ottawa (maximum of 2 NL teams will be selected to move forward)
  • March 1, 2018: $100,000 Business Case Development Grants Awarded
  • April 2019: iCT Rewarding Success Team Grants ($24M total avaiable to all participating provinces for 5 grants over 4 years)


See the Rewarding Success Information Flyer here.
The Rewarding Success initiative is now live on CIHR’s ResearchNet website.