CCRF is a world leader in chiropractic research, working to expand the body of evidence and best practices for MSK health in partnership with clinicians for the benefit of patients.
CCRF invests in scientifically sound projects with local, national and global impact. Our lean, straightforward process minimizes bureaucracy and attracts dynamic projects from established and emerging researchers.
Twice a year clinicians, researchers and other organizations are invited to submit proposals (RFPs) for project grants through CCRF’s National Research Fund. Support for this fund is provided through the generosity of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, our Provincial Associates representing clinicians from across Canada and our country-wide network of private donors.
Steps to Apply
Letter of Intent (LOI)
Step 1: Applicants review current RFP guidelines and submit an LOI outlining proposal scope and focus.
Step 2: Following LOI evaluation, applicants will either be invited to prepare a Grant Application or notified a grant will not be offered this cycle.
Step 3: Following Grant Application evaluation, applicants will receive an approval of funding or be notified a grant will not be offered this cycle.
How We Work
CCRF’s RFP Process
Twice a year, CCRF invites grant proposals (RFPs) from Canadian researchers, clinicians, health institutions and university faculty, as well as collaborative projects headed by recognized professional leaders. Funding is provided through CCRF’s National Research Fund, thanks to the very generous support of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and our Provincial Associates, representing clinicians from across Canada.
Criteria and available funding for each RFP varies. Before you apply, please make sure to review the Current RFP Criteria, where you’ll find eligibility details and submission information for your Letter of Inquiry (LOI).
Submissions must reflect at least one of CCRF’s 4 National Research Priorities and follow recognized scientific and ethical standards.
Proposal evaluation is overseen and administered by CCRF’s Research Committee. Final funding recommendations are approved by the Board of Directors. Grant applicants who do not receive funding can receive succinct written feedback on their submissions upon request.
Grants are approved contingent on standard CCRF terms and conditions.
CCRF’s National Research Priorities
Based on formal local and national consultations, CCRF is committed to funding projects supporting four national priorities: Basic Science, Clinical Science, Health Systems and Population Health.
The descriptive questions for each priority have been vetted by the chiropractic research community.
- Basic Science
What are the physiologic mechanisms contributing to the clinical manifestation and therapeutic responses to interventions commonly used by chiropractors in the management of chronic and acute musculoskeletal pain?
- Clinical Science
What are the effects of interventions commonly used by chiropractors on clinical outcomes in the management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction?
- Health Systems
Does the inclusion of chiropractors in an interdisciplinary healthcare setting to address musculoskeletal conditions improve healthcare resource management and patient outcomes?
- Population Health
What impact does the inclusion of chiropractors, or the interventions commonly used by chiropractors, have on the musculoskeletal health outcomes of specific sub-groups of the population, such as the elderly and children/adolescents?
- Basic Science
CCRF's Research Committee
The CCRF’s five-member Research Committee (RC) oversees the CCRF Request for Proposal (“RFP”) process and makes recommendations for funding to the CCRF board. Each member of this committee is an experienced clinician with background in research and professional publication. Please meet CCRF’s current Research Committee:
- Dr. Richard McIlmoyle, DC, Chair
- Dr. Shawn Thistle, DC, CCA Representative
- Dr. Aaron Puhl, DC
- Dr. Kate Hood, DC
- Dr. Peter Shipka, DC
Details on the Research Committee can be found here.
Standard Terms & Conditions – Key Aspects:
- 60% on signed agreement
- 30% on Interim Report approval
- 10% on Final Report approval
Marketing: In coordination with CCRF staff, grant recipients provide updates, interviews, photos and other materials to support outreach and awareness.