Rewarding Success FAQs


Who will be reviewing our Letters of Intent (LOIs)? Will this be the provincial Ministry of Health?

The BC SUPPORT Unit, working with the B.C. Ministry of Health, is currently (as of October 23rd, 2017) putting together the panel review team, with avoidance of conflict of interest as a high priority. We have asked Steven Lewis to be the review panel chair.


Will reviewers be looking for partnerships with other provinces? If yes, what would you ideally like to see?

You can partner with anyone outside of BC, whether they’re in Ontario (not participating in the pilot project) or Alberta (participating in Rewarding Success). When you submit your Letter of Intent (LOI), you’ll have to select which province your Idea Brief is going towards. This is the only province that will be evaluating your Idea Brief. There will be no evaluation from the province outside the province you select.


You mention that the grants need to use the innovative clinical trial methodology. Does that mean research questions using non-experimental designs are not eligible to apply, even if my research question meets the Ministry of Health priorities?

There is a relevance review process that will ensure that the submitted proposals meet the principles of SPOR. One of the principles is the innovative clinical trial method; the project should meet all principles when submitted.

There are links on the CIHR website that can provide examples of what an innovative clinical trial is. Before your submission, please check the links to ensure that your research study meets the definition.


Can there be several payer partners or only one? If more than one, do all payer partners have to be identified for the Idea Brief?

There can be more than one payer partner. For the Idea Brief, at least one needs to be identified. If you’ve identified more than one, please include all of them; however, only one payer partner can attend the Ideathon. It’s highly suggested that the most prominent partner attends.


Can the same payer go to the Ideathon to represent more than one team?

Yes, especially if the B.C. Ministry of Health is the payer on more than one team. As the teams move forward, if three teams are successful, then the payer needs to support those three teams.


Can a health care decision-maker also be the payer?

Yes. Often, the decision maker and the health care organization is the payer. When we say “payer,” at the Idea Brief phase, you don’t need to have an individual’s name – just the organization listed. The organization must be represented at the Ideathon by a person.


For BC, is “urgent care centre,” a "new" government interest, a part of the priority?

Yes, this interest is included under “primary care,” so it would be considered as part of the Ministry of Health’s strategic priority.


Jessica [CIHR] mentioned that the evaluation of the intervention has to be done by a third party. Does that mean that the organizations associated with the research team's clinician, academic researcher, patient partner and payer are automatically not allowed to do the evaluation?

Yes. To avoid conflicts of interest, if you’re getting into contract agreements between the team and the payer, the team may not be comfortable doing the audit/contract agreement and vice versa. A third-party entity will have to do the evaluation. For Phase 3, the CIHR will help the SUPPORT Units in doing the evaluations.

If the team wants to do their own internal evaluation, they can go ahead, but there will be an external evaluation as well.


What's the composition of the BC review committee to vet BC Letters of Interest (LOI), or will the LOI be vetted through a national review committee?

The Letter of Intent will initially go to the CIHR, and the CIHR will do the initial screening. At this point, the LOI will come to the BC SUPPORT Unit.

The review panel in BC will be represented by patients, decision makers and researchers. Looking at the composition from a conflict of interest perspective, we are seeking to exclude any panel members who may have potential conflicts of interests.


Will the BC SUPPORT Unit staff/patients/researchers who are on the review panel come from all provincial regions?

We’re not looking at the composition of the review panel from a regional perspective; we’re looking at it from a conflict of interest perspective. The members of the review panel will have a very good understanding of the province, and its diverse regions, and the health care priorities distributed throughout the province.


Would letters of support from other organizations (not the BC SUPPORT Unit) be accepted, and if so, when? at the LOI phase? at the Ideathon phase? At the business case development phase?

Would non-payer letters of support (e.g. an NGO, an industry partner committed to work together) be useful, and if so, at what stage?

Yes, they can be accepted from the Idea Brief phase onwards. There is space in the submission for appendices, and the letters can be included there. However, there is no requirement for the letters to be included at this point. The letter will be requested at Phase 3 for the full team grant.

Please note that as there is no formal application submitted before the Ideathon, additional instructions may be sent to the successful applicants to ask for basic information to be shared with the review panel.


Could you speak to the external evaluation process and what it will entail?

For the third-party evaluation, there are no established guidelines for this process yet; this is something that the CIHR will have more information in the next few months. The evaluation process will be determined in collaboration with the provincial SUPPORT Units, and the successful teams will hear about the process at the strengthening workshop that all teams will be present for. The same applies to how to build the business cases.


Should the Letter of Intent include a budget outlining the travel costs for the Ideathon and also a budget for the business case development? How detailed does the latter budget need to be at the Letter of Intent stage?

We require two budgets: one for the Ideathon and another for the business case development. For the latter, we acknowledge that it may be difficult to anticipate and try to plan far ahead about the type of information that may be incorporated. Essentially, we ask you to answer as much as possible that you have so far in terms of planning. This is the information that the peer review panel will be looking at in terms of supporting the activities leading up to the Phase 3 launch. When preparing the budget, you’ll have to incorporate information that will be used in your pitch at the Ideathon.


Is there an intention for making this a regular funding opportunity if the Rewarding Success pilot is successful? If so, when would the next round of competition be launched?

Our understanding as the initiative is very experimental, this is the only planned instance of Rewarding Success.


My work in the health authorities with regards to the 4 priorities, was usually 4 + 1, the other being patient- and family-centered care. This has not been identified as a priority in the Ministry of Health slide; however, would it be appropriate to focus on this?

The B.C. Ministry of Health views patient-centred care as an overarching theme; so by virtue of SPOR being patient-oriented research, we would see patient-oriented care being a part of any proposal related to the provincial strategic priorities.


I heard that there was a province that might have dropped out of this round of competition. If this is true, would that funding allocated to that province now be distributed to fund additional proposals from other provinces?

Saskatchewan is no longer a participant in the Rewarding Success Initiative, and a re-alignment of the funding for the initiative has occurred. For Phase 1 (the Idea Brief phase), CIHR is increasing the number of successful proposals from four to five. For the Ideathon, the plan was originally to support two proposals; now this number has been increased to three per province.

For the last phase, the original plan was to have one proposal submitted from each province; now, there’s an opportunity for each province to support up to two proposals.


Is this the CIHR website or the BC SUPPORT Unit website where the information will be posted?

Please keep checking both the CIHR site and the BC SUPPORT Unit page for up-to-date information.