Membership offers the following benefits:
- Access to a broad network of researchers across Canada with advanced expertise in the areas of knowledge synthesis, clinical practice guidelines development, knowledge translation, and patient-oriented research across various disciplines
- Opportunities for Canada-wide collaboration on various projects and the potential to become a Co-Investigator on future grant applications and funding opportunities
- Opportunity to participate in one of six governance committees and provide leadership on the direction and operations of the Alliance
- Members can take advantage of our various capacity-building initiatives and have exclusive access to online courses and training material
- Knowledge users, trainees and patient partners can also become involved in the research projects and gain practical research experience
- Trainees will have access to mentorship and practicum opportunities offered by partners and members of the Alliance.
- Trainees and junior researchers can apply for yearly call for Seed Grant applications to support the conception of their research projects
Individuals may apply to join the SPOR Evidence Alliance (hereafter, the Alliance) if they fall under one of the four membership types defined below:
- Knowledge user: An individual who is likely to use research findings to make informed decisions about health policies, programs and/or practices (e.g. clinical practice guideline producers, policy-makers, professional organizations, and healthcare managers).
- Patient partner: A patient partner can include patients (an individual with a health condition), patient family members (e.g. parent, spouse, adult child, or other close family members of a patient not capable of decision-making), family caregivers (family, relative, friend, or neighbour providing unpaid assistance to someone with a health condition/limitation), and citizens at large.
- Researcher: An individual who is autonomous regarding their research activities and has an academic or research appointment (e.g. Scientist, Professor).
- Trainee: A graduate student or post-doctoral fellow who is enhancing their research skills through actual involvement in research and who works under the formal supervision of an independent researcher. Trainees must also be working under or mentored by a researcher who is a current member of the Alliance to apply.
The following information must be included with the application form:
- Full Curriculum Vitae (CV), including publication list (required for Researcher and Trainee applicants only) or a Resume outlining relevant experience (required for Patient Partner and Knowledge User applicants)
- A 1-page letter of motivation describing what you hope to gain from and bring to the Alliance (e.g. area of research expertise, etc.)
- If you were referred by a current Alliance member, a letter of support (mandatory for Trainee applicants) from the referring Alliance member will strengthen your application.
Please ensure your application is fully complete, and all required documents are included prior to submission.