About Our Funding Agencies
The Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team (CCORT), established in 2001, received its initial funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in the form of an Interdisciplinary Health Research Team (IHRT) five-year operating grant of $4.7 million.
The IHRT application process involved an initial Letter of Intent (LOI), and if successful, submission of a full project proposal. The initial request for letters of intent attracted 180 applications, of these 32 groups were selected to submit full grant applications. CCORT was one of 11 applicants awarded an IHRT grant in 2001.
Following the award of the CIHR-IHRT operating grant, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada provided an additional $1 million over 5 years to CCORT, to expand the geographical scope and depth of the project.
In 2006, CCORT successfully applied for a CIHR Team Grant in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research. The central theme of this body of research is "Access to quality cardiac care". The Team Grant competition received over 200 letters of intent, from which 50 groups were selected to submit full research proposals. CCORT, one of 19 applicants awarded funding, received a five-year grant effective April 1, 2006.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
CIHR is Canada’s premiere federal funding agency for health research. Its mandate is “to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened health-care system”.
Through its 13 “virtual” research institutes, the CIHR brings together and supports researchers from across disciplinary and geographic boundaries, according to their research focus. The research institutes are based on the four “pillars” of health research: biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, health systems and services, and population health.
CCORT’s home institute is the Institute for Circulatory and Respiratory Health, although CCORT’s research is relevant to many of the CIHR Institutes. CCORT’s research integrates the clinical sciences, health services and population health sectors of the CIHR mandate.
The CCORT investigators are grateful to both CIHR and the federal government for the opportunity to work together in strengthening Canada’s cardiac care delivery system.
Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF)
The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) plays a leadership role in the study, prevention and reduction of disability and death from heart disease and stroke in Canada. The HSF mission statement is “to improve the health of Canadians by preventing and reducing disability and death from heart disease and stroke through research, health promotion and advocacy”.
HSF is composed of ten independent provincial foundations and the national foundation (Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada). HSF does not receive funding from government sources, but rather is supported through fundraising efforts undertaken by the individual, provincial foundations. Over 80% of donations are directed to supporting research and education programs within the province in which it was raised.
Research supported by the HSF includes basic and clinical sciences, health promotion, health services and population health research. Within Canada, the HSF funds more than 60% of all heart and stroke research. In addition to research, the HSF is also actively involved in health promotion programs (e.g. Health Check™ labeling program for food products), community volunteer programs (e.g. cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training programs) and advocacy for public policy change (e.g. legislation of smoking cessation).
The CCORT investigators thank the HSF for their important contribution to the CCORT initiative.