Cancer Screening Research and Innovation Opportunity (CSRIO) - Community Engagement

The CSRIO Program has been designed to identify, develop, and implement solutions to improve cancer screening in underserved populations.

At a population level, effective and efficient cancer screening can reduce the detrimental impact of the disease on health outcomes while simultaneously alleviating pressure on an already overburdened health system. Much effort has been placed into the development of guidelines and public awareness campaigns to promote screening for the most common types of cancer (e.g. breast, colon, prostate and cervical cancers). However, screening rates vary across population groups, as do risk factors, cancer relevance, health outcomes, and the burden of the disease.

In response to the high impact that effective and efficient screening can have on health outcomes and health system sustainability, Alberta Innovates has partnered with Alberta Health (AH) to deliver the Cancer Screening Research and Innovation Opportunity (CSRIO), with a specific emphasis on improving cancer screening processes and rates, particularly for underserved populations.

Stream I: Community Engagement

For applicants who are seeking to implement a valuable cross-organizational or sectoral engagement that will lead to the realization of CSRIO program objectives.

  • Deadline: Continuous intake until August 2021
  • Term: Up to 6 months
  • Funding: Up to $10,000

Objectives and outcomes

CSRIO will take a bold three-pronged approach to supporting the findings and applications of solutions that enhance population-based cancer screening, with a strong focus on underserved populations supported by robust data. Specifically, the CSRIO will:

  1. serve as an engagement platform to create collaboration and awareness of barriers to population-based cancer screening amongst public, private and not-for-profit health system stakeholders, social services agencies and patient representatives;
  2. support the implementation and evaluation of novel solutions that will enhance population-based cancer screening in well-defined (data-supported) underserved populations, and
  3. support the identification of population-based cancer screening gaps in underserved populations by leveraging and linking disparate data sources (e.g. health services data, social data).

How to apply

Please apply through our online portal.

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CSRIO Program/Alberta Innovates
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Up to $10,000
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External Deadline: 
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Internal Deadline: 
Sunday, August 1, 2021
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