2020 Seed Grant Competition

2020 Seed Grant: Advancing the Science of Guideline Development in a Patient-Oriented Research Setting

At a Glance

The SPOR Evidence Alliance Seed Grant aims to encourage a culture of learning, innovation, and advancement of science in the areas of knowledge synthesis, guideline development, knowledge translation, and patient-oriented research by funding methods projects at the conceptual stage.

Only projects studying methodological advancements of guideline development in a patient-oriented research setting will be considered; guideline projects themselves are not eligible for inclusion. Successful projects must have a strong focus on patient-oriented research.


Applicants wishing to apply for the seed grant must be:

  • a doctoral student, post-doctoral fellow or an early career investigator (i.e., full-time, independent researcher for a period of 0 to 5 years) [1] at a Canadian institution, and
  • a member of the Alliance (prospective applicants are required to complete member registration prior to applying)

Funding for two Seed Grants valued at $10,000 each is available for the 2020 competition.

Current Opportunity

Past Opportunities


Advancing the science of guideline development in a patient-oriented research setting.

For the purpose of this grant, guidelines are defined as a set of evidence-informed recommendations related to practice, public health, or policy for informing and assisting decision-makers (e.g. policy-makers, health care providers, or patients). [2]

Important Dates

  • Application opens: August 4, 2020 (12:00PM EDT)
  • Application deadline: October 4, 2020 (11:59PM EDT)
  • Anticipated notice of decision: December 1, 2020
  • Anticipated funding start date: January 4, 2021


For all inquiries, please contact SPOR Evidence Alliance at SPOREA@smh.ca



[1] Canadian Institutes of Health Research. (2020). Glossary of Funding-Related Terms. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Available at https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/34190.html#r14
[2] World Health Organization. (‎2014)‎. WHO handbook for guideline development, 2nd ed. World Health Organization. Available at https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/145714