Research Capacity Building Program

Integrating research in the hospital

Research Capacity Building Program (RCBP)

WCHRI launched the Research Capacity Building Program (RCBP) in March 2014. The purpose of the program is to enhance the development of multidisciplinary research teams and the integration of clinical care with research within key areas of the Stollery Children’s Hospital. The program was initially implemented as a two year award designed to build capacity in existing research teams. It has subsequently been extended to allow for renewal up to a maximum of five years.

In the application phase, teams needed to 1) demonstrate broad team composition, including a plan for mentorship, 2) a plan to study questions that have an impact on children’s health and health care, 3) show promise to build a program that may successfully compete for other internal and external funding opportunities, 4) describe measurable impacts / outcomes for their research program.

Two teams were invited to participate in the program as pilot teams:

In the fall of 2015, a formal grant competition was held with 12 applicants, with two being successfully funded:

The RCBP is still in a pilot phase and the experience will be used to help guide future program direction and goals.