AHS 2020 Systematic Review Grant Competition Call for Proposals


The Critical Care Strategic Clinical Network (CC SCN) 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 critical care 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 CC SCN 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 critical care 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 critical care 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 CC SCN 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 critical care 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 CC SCN 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.


The review process will consider the following criteria:

  • Principal investigator (PI) must have a university appointment at one of Alberta’s academic institutions (e.g., clinical faculty or academic faculty such as adjunct/assistant/associate/full professors).
    • The money must be held in a research account under the PI’s name at the academic institution.
  • The review team must be comprised of more than one individual and include a medical librarian and/or information specialist;
  • The review team must be comprised of at least one member with an MD or a PhD in a discipline relevant to critical care medicine (i.e., content knowledge);
  • Past experience in conducting research relevant to critical care medicine;
  • Past experience in conducting systematic literature reviews is essential;
  • Priority will be given to proposals that align with CC SCN Priority Areas as per the CC SCN Transformational Roadmap.

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

For more guidelines and information, please see the attached pdf.

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 $45,000 (3 grants). Funds must be expended within one year from the time they are made available and projects should be completed within this year. The time frame and associated expenses must be clearly justified in the budget. The grant is non-renewable
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Internal Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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Grant Eligibility: