AHS Emergency SCN Systematic Review Grant

The Emergency Strategic Clinical Network (ESCN) Scientific Office was created to lead Alberta Health Services (AHS) in the promotion, adoption and diffusion of innovation as well as the creation and use of evidence to drive decision-making in emergency medicine. The SCN Scientific Offices pursue six pillars of activity:

1. Advancing Research Knowledge

2. Knowledge Translation

3. Research Facilitation

4. Engaging and Building Partnerships for Research and Innovation

5. Research Capacity Building and Training

6. Research Prioritization

The ESCN Scientific Office has identified several key activities that may support these pillars. One such activity includes the provision of research funding to support the completion of high quality systematic literature reviews which address issues in emergency medicine.

Systematic reviews of primary research are considered to be the highest standard in evidence-based health care. The purpose of this funding call is to offer timely, relevant and scientifically rigorous evidence to emergency medicine decision-makers and knowledge-users in Alberta. In addition to achieving the goal of Building Research Capacity, this funding opportunity also serves to engage and collaborate with the network of academic researchers established by the ESCN Scientific Office. Further, this funding call supports the AHS Strategy for Clinical Health Research Innovation and Analytics which endorses partnerships with academic researchers at Alberta universities.

This Systematic Review Grant competition will encourage the development of implementable and scalable ideas that will improve the quality of emergency medicine care delivery within the Health Quality Council of Alberta’s six domains of quality: appropriateness, accessibility, effectiveness, efficiency, safety, and acceptability. This competition will advance the ESCN Scientific Office’s long-term research goals, which are aligned with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ performance indicators: (1) advancing knowledge; (2) capacity building; (3) informing decision making; (4) health impacts; and (5) broad economic and social impacts.


When considering proposals for systematic literature reviews from applicants, the review process will consider the following criteria:

 The review team must be comprised of more than one individual and include a medical librarian;

 The review team must be comprised of at least one member with an MD or a PhD in a discipline relevant to emergency medicine (i.e., content knowledge);

 Past experience in conducting research relevant to emergency medicine;

 Past experience in conducting systematic literature reviews is essential.

Principal Investigators (PIs) may only hold one ESCN Systematic Review award at a time; however, PIs may be co-investigators on multiple applications. PIs who received an ESCN systematic review grant in the previous year may not be funded as PIs this year, however they may be Co-Investigators.


February 5 - Applications Due

March 31, 2017 - Notification of Awards

How to Apply


1. Systematic review proposals will be limited to a maximum of 5 pages using the provided template. References and the Principal Investigator Bio Sketch are not included in the 5 page limit.

2. Appendices of up to 2 pages are allowed.

3. The Principal Investigator must submit a Bio Sketch using the templates provided (no other Bio Sketches will be reviewed).

4. Complete budget details and justification must be included.

5. Email a PDF copy of the completed, signed application to:

Patrick McLane, PhD

Assistant Scientific Director

Emergency Strategic Clinical Network


In the subject line, write "Principal Investigator Name 2018 ESCN SR Grant Application."


More information can be found in the attached document and on the website: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/scns/Page13008.aspx

Agency Name: 
Alberta Health Services
Contact Name: 
Penny D'Agnone
Grant Amount: 
The maximum amount of a single award is $15,000; however, lesser amounts and co-funding projects are encouraged. The maximum amount of funds available in this competition is $30,000 (2 grants). Indirect costs are eligible.
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External Deadline: 
Monday, February 12, 2018
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Grant Eligibility: