Research Application

As part of the ABJHI research intake process, a research application must be submitted.

ABJHI welcomes applications for data extracts and/or to collaborate on research projects in areas that fit with our research priorities.

The ABJHI Data Repository contains data on bone and joint health patients from multiple custodians (AHS and physicians). The picture below (drop down 'Data Repository') demonstrates the type of data that may be available. Please note: the time periods, comprehensiveness of data collection, and scope of available data may vary between data sources (e.g. some data is available for all bone and joint patients, while other data is limited to select surgical procedures). The availability of data will depend upon the specific needs of your application.

Data custodians of the ABJHI data repository may request their own data at any time, apart from the intake process. If the custodian wishes to link their data with data from other custodians, or have analysis completed for their data, the request will proceed through the research intake process outlined below.

Allocation of ABJHI resources to support and/or collaborate on research is determined based on:

  1. Fit with research priorities;
  2. Potential patient impact;
  3. Feasibility of research; and
  4. Availability of funding and resources.

All research projects must be ethically approved, and applications that include requests for data from the ABJHI repository must undergo review by our Research Advisory Committee. Requests for simple data extractions and/or analyses require application and review but may not require oversight by the full committee. Such requests are determined at the discretion of ABJHI following established intake criteria. The Research Advisory Committee meets quarterly, and applications must be received three weeks prior to be considered for review:

NOTE: The application fee of $1,600 covers expenses related to the application review process and preparation of data extracts. Complex data extractions and/or research projects may require additional costs. In these cases, all incremental costs would be submitted to the researcher for approval prior to beginning any work. Should the request be rejected at any stage of the process, a pro-rated refund will be issued.

ABJHI accepts PayPal or cheque. After submitting the application form below, you will be automatically taken to PayPal to process payment of the application fee. Alternatively, you can mail a cheque payable to Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute to the address below:

Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute
400, 3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4Z6

Application Form

    1. Primary Contact

    The primary contact is the person to whom all questions about the application will be directed.

    Name (required):
    E-Mail (required):
    Phone Number:
    Mailing Address:

    2. Principal Investigator

    If the Principal Investigator is same as Primary Contact you may leave these fields blank, otherwise specify below.

    Phone Number:
    Mailing Address:

    3. Investigator Team

    Please describe any key partnerships (e.g. Strategic Clinical Networks, universities, industry, collaborators), including names and title/role of collaborators, sub-investigators, and/or key knowledge users.

    4. Study Details

    You may have answered similar questions in your research ethics board application. Please feel free to copy/paste text from your research ethics board application into this form (even if the questions are not a perfect match/exactly the same).

    Study Title (required):
    Lay Abstract (required):
    Briefly describe your project in plain language so a lay reader with no experience in your research area will understand (250 words/2000 characters)

    Description (required):
    Provide an overview of the problem, significance, research questions and objectives, proposed methods, and potential impact; if this is a data request, please list the specific data elements and/or the variables of interest and time period (1500 words/12000 characters)

    Potential Impact (required):
    Briefly describe how the proposed research project could have impact on patients, health care providers or the health care system (250 words/2000 characters)

    Is this research project linked to any other research projects: NoYes

    5. Ethics Approval

    Is ethics approval required for your research project: NoYes

    If yes, has ethics approval been obtained: NoYes

    Attach copy of approval letter (max size: 3 MB):

    6. Study Protocol

    Do you have a study protocol available? NoYes

    Attach a copy of study protocol to support your application (max size: 3 MB):

    7. Timeline

    Please specify the proposed start date and a short summary of when the requested services are required by.

    Proposed start: or, Start date is flexible
    Summary of timeline(s) and milestone(s):

    8. Support Required

    Briefly describe the support required from ABJHI for your project (250 words/2000 characters):
    Requested Service(s): (check all that apply)

    Requested Resource(s): (check all that apply)

    Have you done an environmental scan (Alberta clinicians, researchers, SCNs, etc) to determine if similar research is being conducted? NoYes

    9. Funding and Resources

    Please describe the type of funding that applies and summarize the funding and human resources available to you.

    Funding Support: (check all that apply)

    Additional detail:

    10. Alignment with ABJHI Research Priorities

    Briefly describe how the proposed research project aligns with the ABJHI mandate and research priorities.

    Alignment (250 words/2000 characters) (required):

    A copy of the submitted application will be emailed to you for your records. After you submit the form below, please continue to PayPal to submit the application fee.