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New Funding Pathway for Evidence-based MSK Research

TORONTO, Ontario, October 12, 2023 – In honour of World Spine Day, the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) has announced its first Request for Tender (RFT). Through this RFT, research teams are invited to submit proposals to conduct an exhaustive systematic review of literature to ascertain if there is an association between cervical spinal manipulation and ischemic stroke. If it is determined such an association exists, does the evidence support that the association is causal?

Why this is Exciting News

“First, do no harm.” This ancient quote is the central principle governing healthcare and makes patient safety integral to the practice of manual therapy. It is crucial for chiropractors and other practitioners to ensure the best and most recent evidence is used to inform treatment of musculoskeletal (MSK) pain and dysfunction.

“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.  “They enable us to comprehensively examine past and present research, identify gaps in that research, determine the best ways to fill those gaps and allocate funding to where it will do the greatest amount of good.” 


“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,” says 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.”

Can Your Team Meet the Challenge?

CCRF’s new RFT is open to all research teams that meet the eligibility requirements. For more information and submission instructions, please visit

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

About CCRF
For over 45 years, CCRF has worked with researchers and partners to perpetually improve musculoskeletal health and related areas of well-being for all Canadians.

Since 2019, CCRF has funded more than 35 research projects, resulting in the award of close to $1.5 million to Canadian-based research teams.

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