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CCRF Celebrates World Spine Day With First Request for Tender

New Funding Pathway for Evidence-Based MSK Research

In honour of World Spine Day, the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) has announced its first Request for Tender (RFT).

“RFTs enable us to ask the critical questions that will protect and benefit our patients, integrate MSK experts into the broader healthcare landscape and grow chiropractic,” says CCRF chair, Dr. Nadine Ellul.  

“Our semi-annual requests for proposals (RFPs) have surpassed our expectations, enabling CCRF to curate and fund the highest impact ideas from the Canadian research community,” explains Dr. McIlmoyle, Research Committee chair. “Now, the RFT process provides us with a new way to fuel research by opening up avenues for CCRF and its stakeholders to drill down on specific questions and invite research teams to submit their bids. It also creates pathways for collaboration with interprofessional and international research teams.”

RFT Details for Fall 2023:

CCRF is pleased to offer the Fall 2023 Request for Tender (RFT) to researchers and clinicians in the chiropractic and adjacent healthcare fields who meet the eligibility requirements.  Granting decisions will be approved by the CCRF Board of Directors based on Research Committee recommendations. 

The purpose of this Project is to:

Conduct an exhaustive systematic review of available literature to ascertain if there is an association between cervical spinal manipulation and ischemic stroke. Furthermore, if it is determined such an association exists, does the evidence support that the association is causal?

The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, January 23, 2024. The grant decision is expected to be announced in late March 2024.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to download CCRF’s complete RFT Submission Details and review the FAQs.

How We Work

CCRF’s RFT Process

At regular intervals,  CCRF will issue a Request for Tender (RFT) to qualified Canadian researchers, clinicians, health institutions, university faculty and teams headed by recognized professional leaders. Funding is provided through CCRF’s National Research Fund, thanks to the very generous support of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, Provincial Associations, clinicians from across Canada, funding partners and stakeholders.

The intent is to enter into an agreement with the Applicant assessed to be the most qualified and capable of fulfilling the terms of the RFT in a timely manner.

Criteria for each RFT varies. Before you apply, please make sure to review the Current RFT Details, where you’ll find eligibility details and submission information for your proposal.

Submissions must follow recognized scientific and ethical standards.

Proposal evaluation is overseen and administered by CCRF’s Research Committee with input provided by an independent reviewer.  The Research Committee may require clarification from Applicants to assist in making its evaluation. If required, such clarification is projected to take place via email correspondence.

Final funding recommendations are approved by the Board of Directors. Submitters who do not receive funding can receive succinct written feedback on their submissions upon request.

Grants are approved contingent on standard CCRF terms and conditions.

CCRF's Research Committee & Scientific Reviewer

The CCRF’s five-member Research Committee (RC) oversees the CCRF Request for Tender (“RFT”) process and makes recommendations for funding to the CCRF board. Each member of this committee is an experienced clinician with background in research and professional publication. Details on the Research Committee can be found here.

Submissions are assessed for scientific rigor and methodology by a qualified and independent reviewer. This is a rotating position held by a respected member of the Canadian research community.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Disbursement: The successful Applicant is required to accept CCRF’s grant disbursement requirements.

Marketing: In coordination with CCRF staff, grant recipients provide updates, interviews, photos and other materials to support outreach and awareness.

Have questions? Check our FAQs. Or contact us.

Eligible research teams are invited to submit bids to address scientific questions critical to the advancement of MSK health and related areas of well-being.

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