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Winter 2020 (Volume 30, Number 4)

2020 CIORA Grant Awards

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The Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) is pleased to announce that CIORA will be funding five two-year grants for a total of $509,203 CAD to projects that will enhance access and innovation for rheumatology care. Congratulations to the 2020 grant award recipients!

This was the 13th annual grant competition and since 2006, CIORA has funded 103 projects and provided $7,378,703 CAD in research funding.

CIORA provides funding based on various pillars; this year’s grants include projects that promote:

  • Awareness/Advocacy/Education (1)
  • Multi-Disciplinary Care Teams (1)
  • Health Economics/Sustainability of Health Care/Quality Improvement (3)

Pillar Title Principal Investigator Award
Awareness/Advocacy/ Education Improving the care of cancer patients receiving immunotherapy who develop rheumatic immune-related complications, and those with pre-existing rheumatic disease, through online education with health care providers: An Initiative of Canadian Research Group of Rheumatology in Immuno-Oncology (CANRIO) Roberts, J.H. Ye, C. $77,148
Health Economics/ Sustainability of Health Care/Quality Improvement Health economic evaluation of the manda-tory switching policy for biosimilars in patients with rheumatoid arthritis Bansback, N. $96,984
Health Economics/ Sustainability of Health Care/Quality Improvement Measuring quality of heart failure care in inflammatory arthritis – are we making the mark? Kuriya, B. Eder, L. $104,000
Health Economics/ Sustainability of Health Care/Quality Improvement Safety and effectiveness of biosimilar anti-TNF agents in British Columbia – exploiting a natural experiment from a change in health policy Lacaille, D. $114,000
Multi-Disciplinary Care Teams Work disability and function in systematic lupus erythematosus: a national mixed-methods sequential explanatory study Nowrouzi-Kia, B. Tourna, Z. $117,098


CIORA is issuing another call for grants in 2021!
  • CIORA Online Grant Application System opens January 25, 2021.
  • Letter of Intent must be submitted by February 19, 2021.
  • CIORA Online Grant Application submission deadline is April 9, 2021 at 17:00 (Pacific Time).
  • Grant notifications will be sent out in June 2021.

A special thanks to our sponsors for their continued support.

Janet Pope, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Professor of Medicine,
Division Head,
Division of Rheumatology,
Department of Medicine,
St. Joseph’s Health Care,
Western University
London, Ontario



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