Cancer Screening Research and Innovation Opportunity (CSRIO)

Cancer Screening Research and Innovation Opportunity (CSRIO)

Article by: Alberta Innovates


At a population level, effective and efficient cancer screening can reduce the detrimental impact of the disease on health outcomes while simultaneously alleviating pressure on an already overburdened health system. Much effort has been placed into the development of guidelines and public awareness campaigns to promote screening for the most common types of cancer (e.g. breast, colon, prostate and cervical cancers). However, screening rates vary across population groups, as do risk factors, cancer relevance, health outcomes, and the burden of the disease.


In response to the high impact that effective and efficient screening can have on health outcomes and health system sustainability, Alberta Innovates has partnered with Alberta Health (AH) to deliver the Cancer Screening Research and Innovation Opportunity (CSRIO), with a specific emphasis on improving cancer screening processes and rates, particularly for underserved populations.


Community Engagement

On January 17, 2019 a consultation with key stakeholders took place to help shape the call. Read the full report here.


How CSRIO Works

Funding for organizations

CSRIO is intended to provide funding to post-secondary institutions, community-based non-profit-organizations, public health entities, and health delivery agents. Representatives must hold an academic appointment or be an executive/clinical leader an eligible organization.


Pick your stream

CSRIO is a three-year, $3 million program composed of three independent streams. Eligible applicants may apply to one or all three streams. Regardless of the stream, projects must address a key determinant of health, such as individual behaviour, social environment, physical environment or health services. 


Stream I: Community Engagement

For applicants who are seeking to implement a valuable cross-organizational or sectoral engagement that will lead to the realization of CSRIO program objectives.

  • Deadline: Continuous intake until August 2021
  • Term: Up to 6 months
  • Funding: Up to $10,000

Stream II: Solution Implementation

For applicants seeking to test the implementation of a solution to a defined gap in cancer screening in underserved populations.

  • Deadline: August 30, 2019
  • Term: Up to 24 months
  • Funding: Up to $750,000

Stream III: Data Integration & Analysis to Define New Gaps

For applicants seeking to optimize cancer screening by linking disparate data sources to identify, verify, define and/or better understand gaps.

  • Deadline: TBD
  • Term: TBD
  • Funding: TBD

For more information about the streams, contact the program manager or refer to the program guide.


Objectives and outcomes

CSRIO will take a bold three-pronged approach to supporting the findings and applications of solutions that enhance population-based cancer screening, with a strong focus on underserved populations supported by robust data. Specifically, the CSRIO will:

  1. serve as an engagement platform to create collaboration and awareness of barriers to population-based cancer screening amongst public, private and not-for-profit health system stakeholders, social services agencies and patient representatives;
  2. support the implementation and evaluation of novel solutions that will enhance population-based cancer screening in well-defined (data-supported) underserved populations, and
  3. support the identification of population-based cancer screening gaps in underserved populations by leveraging and linking disparate data sources (e.g. health services data, social data).


How to apply

Please apply through our online portal.