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COM & PSON (Open Call)

Request for Applications - COM & PSON


Update (26/01/15): Winners announced! Click here for more details


In order to meet the objectives described in its Business Plan for 2013 to 2018, RHI is launching two new funding opportunities. These funding opportunities are targeted towards specific areas that will help RHI move closer towards achieving its vision of a world without paralysis after SCI. To this end, RHI is accepting applications for funding requests pertaining to projects related to Clinical Outcome Measures and Pilot Studies – Optimizing Neurorecovery Following SCI.

More information on these two funding opportunities can be found in their respective program guidelines:

Please note both RFAs have been updated as of 29 August 2014. Refer to term of funding under "Request for Applications".

Other Important Documents

Please refer to the following documents when completing a Request for Application


Application Submission

All applications must be submitted in PDF format via email to:
Rick Hansen Institute
Attn: (Specify which funding opportunity you are applying to in the subject line of the email)

Applications to this RHI funding opportunity are due on November 7, 2014 by 11:59pm Pacific Time. Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted. 

Key Dates

Funding opportunity announcement August 15, 2014 
Application deadline November 7, 2014
Application review process November - January, 2015
Notice of funding January, 2015
First disbursement of funds March, 2015

 Any significant changes to the anticipated timeline will be communicated to applicants.


If you have any questions about either of these opportunities please contact one of the following:

Phalgun Joshi, PhD
Managing Director, Program Operations & Support
t: 604-827-1673

John Barclay, MBA
Manager, Commercialization & Industry Relations
t: 604-827-1676


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BSCC is Celebrating 5 Incredible Years with an Open House

 Blusson Event Invite PosterBSCC is Celebrating 5 Incredible Years with an Open House

On November 19, join the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre team and community partners for an open house as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Centre.

Visitors will learn about the innovative work being conducted at the Centre and the advances in spinal cord injury research and care.

We will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Spinal Cord Injury: Past, Present and Future” where representatives from across the continuum of SCI care will discuss the latest advances in research.

After the panel discussion, visitors will have an opportunity to participate in a tour of some of ICORD’s state-of-the-art research facilities.

For more information, please see attached flyer.

blussonBlusson Spinal Cord Centre - A Global Centre of Collaboration and Excellence

Canada has become a global leader in the treatment and care of spinal cord injury. One of the tangible outcomes of these investments is the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (BSCC) in Vancouver, BC, an 11,000-square-metre, state-of-the-art facility that brings together specialists under one roof where they can collaborate to discover and implement novel treatments and approaches into improved outcomes, independence and quality of life for people living with SCI and their families. Opened in November 2008, BSCC is home to the Rick Hansen Institute, the ICORD research centre, and the multidisciplinary Brenda and David McLean Integrated Spine Clinic of Vancouver General Hospital. Together, this partnership of 300-plus professionals spans basic and clinical research, clinical care, and knowledge translation, informing best clinical practices locally, regionally, nationally, and beyond.

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Rick Hansen Foundation Grants $20M Towards Research for Cures for Paralysis After Spinal Cord Injury

RHF_HorR_4c_ToSizeRick Hansen Foundation Grants $20M Towards Research for Cures for Paralysis After Spinal Cord Injury

Vancouver, BC – The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF), a leader in spinal cord injury research and accessibility and awareness, today announced a grant of $20 million to support researchers and clinicians at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (BSCC) to accelerate clinical research. The multi-year funding will be received over a period of ten years commencing April, 2013.

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SCI Community Survey

SCI Community Survey

What is the SCICS?

The Spinal Cord Injury Community Survey (SCICS) is the largest study of its kind to ever be done in Canada among people with SCI. The primary intent of the SCI Community Survey is to confirm the most important SCI-specific needs of Canadians with SCI. It is also intended to determine how successfully the Canadian health and social services systems are meeting those needs. Ultimately, it will create a clearer picture of where in Canada's support systems there is opportunity to improve so as to truly minimize disability and maximize the quality of life of Canadians with SCI.

Preliminary results

We are pleased to share preliminary analysis of the data. This participants' report is also the first activity within a comprehensive knowledge translation plan. In addition to academic journal articles, knowledge translation activities include providing data and support to SCI advocacy groups and its Canadian branches to ensure that results from the survey can be used for advocacy, nationally and in provincial jurisdictions.

Download the reports

Traumatic injuries English | French

Non-traumatic injuries English | French

Who is behind the survey?

The SCI Community Survey was created with input from people with SCI, experts in the field of SCI research and health care and SCI community advocates. Supported by the Rick Hansen Institute and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, the survey was created by a team of Canadian researchers, led by Dr. Luc Noreau at the Université Laval and endorsed by SCI Canada, (formerly CPA Canada) MÉMO-Québec and other community groups. The survey was conducted by the Mustel Group, a professional market research firm.

Your comments, questions and feedback are welcome. Please reach us using our contact form.

The Rick Hansen Institute is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that drives innovation in spinal cord injury research and care. We strive to improve the lives of people living with SCI in Canada and around the world.



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