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Innovation Fund

A. Overview

Over the past few years, divisions have contributed unused Infrastructure funds to an Innovation funding pool. Divisions are encouraged to work with their GPSC Community Liaison as they prepare funding submissions.

B. Innovation Fund Principles

Triple Aim: The use of Innovation Funds should advance the goals of the Triple Aim:
  • Enhance patient and provider experience
  • Improve population health
  • Lower per capita cost of care

Locally informed and led: Projects will be innovative yet practical, and will focus on a sustainable strategy or promising practice. They will be locally-informed and led, and will enhance the health care system, processes, or practices in the community.

Collaborative: Evidence of collaboration with community partners and/or other divisions will be required.

Reporting: Divisions will complete financial, qualitative, and quantitative reports at the end of the project’s funding period.

Mutual accountability: The CPI team will provide an annual summary of funding, including project learnings, to divisions and the GPSC.

C. Funding Amount

  1. Maximum funding of $100,000 per division is available until March 31st, 2019; up to three grants per Division within the $100,000 overall cap. The $100,000 may be increased if more than one Division is involved.

  2. This is one-time funding, with all projects concluding by March 31st, 2019.

  3. Unspent funds must be returned to the GPSC at end of the project period.

D. Funding Criteria

  1. Innovation funds will enable divisions to implement community-informed and locally-led solutions to address identified gaps, issues, or opportunities, within the context of the Division Impact Measurement Framework.
  2. Projects may be new ideas or replication/modification of existing projects from other divisions or elsewhere.
  3. Projects must align with the Division’s strategic plan/priorities.
  4. Projects may be distinct from Patient Medical Home, and Primary Care Network initiatives.
  5. Funds will support one-time projects or projects intended to be sustained by other means.
  6. Funds will support projects not eligible for other sources of funding (i.e., Shared Care).
  7. Funds cannot be used for ongoing Division operating expenses supported by Infrastructure funding, expenses that pre-date project approval, rent/lease/capital improvements, technology solutions provided through the Divisions IT infrastructure, events, or attendance at conferences/training. They are for strategic initiatives, not for operational or ongoing work.
  8. Letter(s) of support are required from key partner(s) to the project.
  9. Financial, quantitative, and qualitative reporting that demonstrates impact and learnings is required within one month of project end. A reporting template is provided (See: G. Reporting Template).

E. Approval Timeline, Process, and Reporting Requirements

Timeline: Innovation fund requests will be accepted on a continuous basis, with the caveat that all projects must be complete by March 31st, 2019.

The review process: The aim is to provide Divisions with a response to their funding request within six weeks of receipt of a complete submission. As additional information may be required, and as funding approval comes from Leadership Team, there may be a delay depending on meeting schedules and agendas. 

  1. CPI Review: Submissions will be reviewed within one week of receipt for clarity, compliance with criteria, and concerns. Divisions may be asked to provide clarification or additional information.
  2. CPQI Leadership Review: Submissions and accompanying CPI feedback will be reviewed. The leadership team will note if they: have concerns with the project as related to the Innovation criteria; unnecessary overlap with other initiatives; or, see positive synergy with other initiatives. They will either:

    a) support the submission;

    b) recommend a smaller amount of funding (due to budget, division capacity, etc.) ;

    c) require additional information; or,

    d) withhold support, with rationale provided.

  3. The Leadership Team decision will be communicated to the Division by the GPSC liaison.

Reporting: Financial, quantitative, and qualitative reporting is required within one month of project end date. Unspent funds must be returned to the GPSC at end of project period. 

Please contact your GPSC Community Liaison if you need guidance or have questions.

E. Submission Form

Download the submission form (last updated April 2018) >

Sample Funded Projects

The provincial Divisions office has funded several proposals as part of the Innovation Fund. Some examples include:

  • Vancouver Division (April 2016) - a maternity care train the trainer event.
  • Northern Interior Rural (February 2016) - a virtual medicine pilot in the Robson Valley and Vanderhoof.
  • Powell River Division (September 2015) - a Hospice Development Initiative to improve local end-of-life services.
  • Powell River Division (April 2015) - Enhancing Sexual Health Education & Care pilot project. View the project evaluation report >
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