QEII Foundation Translating Research Into Care (TRIC) Healthcare Improvement Research Program

The Translating Research into Care (TRIC) program was established in 2013 at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and the IWK Health Centre to support research that will provide evidence and facilitate the translation of clinical science into improved healthcare policy, service delivery and patient care. In 2017, eligibility for the program was expanded to include all Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA).

The next deadline is:  Monday May 1,  2017, at 4 p.m.
For planning purposes, please notify sandra.crowell@nshealth.ca of your intent to apply and which level of TRIC application you intend to submit.

 Three levels of funding support are available:

  • Level 1: up to $3,000 over one year
  • Level 2: up to $30,000 over one or two years
  • Level 3: up to $60,000 over two years

TRIC Grants Must:

  • Lead to improved health care at a NSHA facility or the IWK Health Centre
  • Be co-led by a researcher and an administrator at NSHA or IWK
  • Include the patient voice
  • Be able to be implemented and sustained at the health centres where the research takes place
  • Funding from the TRIC program will cover research costs; however, all operational costs must be absorbed by the department/unit involved and signed off by the Administrative Co-PI.

Priority will be given to TRIC grant applications that do one or more of the following:

  • Improve patient reported outcomes
  • Improve the safety of healthcare
  • Improve wait times for healthcare
  • Reduce the need for healthcare
  • Improve access for under-served populations
  • Identify and reduce unnecessary healthcare costs.
  • Reduce unnecessary interventions.  We strongly encourage applicants to consider a focus on de-adoption of unnecessary tests, interventions or clinical practices that are of low value.


  • The Scientific Co-Principal Investigator must be an employee, medical staff member, or have an affiliate scientist or medical appointment at the institution where the research will take place if the application is successful (NSHA or IWK).
  • The Scientific Co-PI’s valid appointment must be at the Health Centre where the research will take place and for the duration of the proposed project.
  • It is recommended that at least one team member attend at least one TRIC workshop and/or review the TRIC Presentations on the website prior to submitting their application.
  • Note 1: Administrative Co-Principal Investigators must possess signing authority for the relevant departmental/unit budget; authority to approve and support the implementation of a healthcare improvement plan; and authority to sustain a successfully implemented plan.
  • Note 2: All healthcare improvements that require changes to be made to the Health Centres IT system must be approved prior to submission.

Before considering an application to the TRIC Program, applicants applying for level two and three funding should be able to answer yes to the following questions:

  • Will this research change practice?
  • Will this practice change have an impact on the health system and/or patient care?
  • Is there rationale for this practice change in the literature?
  • Is this practice change supported by the Administrative Co-PI?
  • Is the impact of this project likely to be sustainable over the long term?

Applications that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered for funding. 

*Implementation science is the study of methods to promote the integration of research findings and evidence into healthcare policy and practice. For more information, see the TRIC Workshop Schedule Spring 2017 or visit National Institutes of Health.

Preparing Your TRIC Grant

  • Information about the TRIC program is found in the TRIC Application Guidelines document (resources and documents are available below).
  • To ensure that you are using the most recent TRIC guidelines and application forms, please check this website prior to preparing your grant application.  Updates are made to improve these documents after each funding competition.
  • Application deadlines are November 1 and May 1 at 4:00 pm. When these dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the following business day at 4:00 p.m.
  • Research Design: Any study design is acceptable as long as it is robust and appropriate for the purposes of the research. The evidence from the research needs to be convincing and inform a feasible plan for healthcare improvement that can be successfully implemented and supported by the healthcare system. Research designs may include, but are not limited to, RCTs, systematic reviews, surveys and observational studies.
  • TRIC grants focused on de-adoption should demonstrate: how the low-value clinical practices were identified; a plan for the de-adoption process; the evaluation of the de-adoption; and how the de-adoption will be sustained.
  • Read TRIC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Submitting Your TRIC Grant

  • Please submit one electronic PDF file to Sandra.Crowell@nshealth.ca
  • Large files over 5MB should use HITS-NS SEND secure file transfer system https://send.nshealth.ca
  • Please do not submit applications from a gmail or hotmail account as firewalls may prevent them from being delivered.
  • Please do not submit a paper copy.     
  • Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be considered.


  • Funding Notifications will be sent within three months of the application deadline.
  • TRIC awards must be held in a Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre research account.
  • Reports: Recipients of Level 1 grants are required to submit a final report. Recipients of Level 2 and 3 grants are required to submit an interim report and a final report.  A reminder will be sent to the Scientific and Administrative Co-PI’s in advance of the report deadline.
  • Funding acknowledgement: All publications arising from your TRIC grant should be acknowledged appropriately in the funding disclosure section of the manuscript and should state the following:  This work was supported by QE II Health Sciences Centre Foundation’s Translating Research into Care Healthcare Improvement Research Funding Program [followed by the grant number and year of funding award in square brackets]. 

For more information about the TRIC program, please contact:
Sandra Crowell, Program Leader, Research Development
Research Services, Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre
Tel: 902-473-2273

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