MOHLTC - Health System Research Fund - Targeted Call Program for PORHSIP

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Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC)


Health System Research Fund Targeted Call Program for Patient-Oriented Research on Health System Integration and Performance (PORHSIP)

For More Information

MOHLTC Health System Research Fund Website

Budget Template


The purpose of the HSRF Targeted Calls is to solicit and fund focused research applications within MOHLTC priority areas. 

Applicants will be assessed on the extent to which sex and gender have been considered in their proposed research (i.e., rationale, methods and knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) plan). Additionally, applicants will be assessed on the extent to which patients have been meaningfully engaged in the proposed research.

Refer to the HSRF Guidelines for definitions and selected examples of government initiatives and commitments related to each cross-cutting component.

For the HSRF Targeted Call Program for PORHSIP, the project includes consideration of health equity (populations in the HEIA and Supplements), Indigenous, French Language lenses as well as sex (biologic) and gender (social) analysis.


Applications for the 2018/19 PORHSIP: Prospective Evaluation Research must meet the following criteria:

  • The funds provided by MOHLTC are used in Ontario.
  • The Project Lead is an Ontario-based researcher and has submitted an NOI.
  • The Project Lead or Co-Lead is affiliated with an eligible sponsoring institution who will administer the funds, including indirect costs.
  • The project focuses on health services/system or population health. MOHLTC will not fund clinical or biomedical research, drug efficacy research or high performance computing platforms.
  • The project clearly addresses only one of the 7 sub-priorities.
  • The project includes examination of sex and gender issues.
  • The annual budget (including Applied Health Research Questions and indirect cost support) must not exceed $50,000 - $100,000 in half years and $100,000 - $200,000 in full years.

Project Leads employed by federal, provincial or territorial government departments or agencies and for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply for HSRF funding unless they hold an eligible academic or other institutional appointment, in which case the eligible institution must agree to be the sponsor.

Successful applicants will be required to engage collaboratively with ministry and other health system partners and patients through the health system learning platform that will be established as part of the broader Targeted Call Program for PORHSIP.

The ministry encourages applicants to work together to submit team-based applications, if applicable. A team could be a group of researchers from different organizations working together to answer more than one of the sub-priorities.

Please consult the HSRF Guidelines for details regarding eligible sponsoring institutions.

Maximum Project Value

Annual budget (including Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQ) and indirect cost support) must not exceed $50,000 - $100,000 in half years and $100,000 - $200,000 in full years

Indirect Costs

20% (including AHRQ)

Project Duration

Six Fiscal Years: November 1, 2018 to October 30, 2023


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

MOHLTC will host a Technical Briefing Webinar for the Health System Research Fund's Targeted Call Program for Patient-Oriented Research on Health System Integration and Performance (PORHSIP).

The purpose of the Technical Briefing is to provide background information and overview of 'Patients First'; an update on the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Renewal Project; and an overview of the PORHSIP funding opportunity.

In advance of the webinar, MOHLTC invites you to submit your questions to their email account, To participate in the webinar please visit the website AND dial into the teleconference line. For more information, and to register (deadline to register is April 5, 2018), please see the event invite. 


Conference Number(s): 1-866-633-0848, 416-212-8012

Participant Code: 7069642#

External Deadline

Notice of Intent (NOI): Mandatory NOI must be submitted by PI using the MOHLTC's online grant application system

Internal Deadline

Application: PI must submit a copy of the application and budget, along with a complete OR-5 form to:

External Deadline

Application: PI must submit a copy of the full application through the MOHLTC's online grant application system.

How to Apply

Notice of Intent

To assist in planning for the review process, applicants must submit the mandatory notice of intent (NOI) using the MOHLTC's online grant application system. Some of the components of the NOI will be binding. Specifically, the targeted priority area, the sub-priority area and the Project Lead identified in the NOI cannot be changed in the Full Application.

The NOI is strictly for administrative purposes. It will not be evaluated, nor will it be shared with the review panels. You must create a username and password for the online form. Applicants will be able to save and review their NOI before submitting. Applicants will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt of their NOI submission within 48 hours.

Full Application

Applicants must complete the Full Application form through the MOHLTC's online grant application system. Applicants will be able to save and review their Full Application before submitting. Detailed Full Application Instructions can be found here. 

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Strategic Policy and Planning Division
Research, Analysis and Evaluation Branch
9th Floor Hepburn Block, 80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto ON M7A 1R3
Tel.: 416-327-7759
E-mail :

Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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