In July 2013, the BC Ministry of Health and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) issued a call for expressions of interest (EOI) from individuals and teams interested in participating in the development and operation of a BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit.
The deadline for submissions was September 30, 2013. Applications from respondents indicating interest in leading development of a SUPPORT Unit business plan were reviewed by MSFHR and BC Ministry of Health representatives, as well as members of an external expert group. Shortlisted candidates were interviewed by the review team and recommendations were submitted to the SPOR Interim Governing Council for approval. The recommendations were approved unanimously, and the business plan writing team was announced in mid-November 2013.