Unit Support Staff for BCAHSN


The BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout British Columbia.

The Unit has two main roles:

  • Providing services to our stakeholders: patients, researchers, health care providers and health system decision makers
  • Facilitating initiatives identified as provincial priorities

There’s a Provincial Hub located in Vancouver which coordinates activities across BC and provides services to the Vancouver region. There are also four additional regional centres located in other regional health authority areas (Fraser, Interior, Northern, and Vancouver Island). 

The Unit is one of 11 SUPPORT Units established across the country as part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

BC SUPPORT Unit Visual Structure

Interested in an overall look at the BC SUPPORT Unit model?  Check out the poster we displayed at the SPOR Summit in October, 2016. Or check out a slide deck that highlights developments in data access for researchers.

2016-2022 Summative Evaluation

We are pleased to share an externally completed evaluation of our Unit’s first phase of CIHR funding (2016-2022) that looks at how we performed against the goals set forth in our initial business plan. Overall, the evaluation found that the BC SUPPORT Unit made good progress against its goals and largely delivered on its objectives.

For a copy of the full report, email mmamut (a) healthresearchbc.ca. 

2019-20 Stakeholder Report

We’re excited to share the 2019-2020 BC SUPPORT Unit Stakeholder Report with you, highlighting the work of the Unit and our partners to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout British Columbia. This document reports on our activities up to March 31st, 2020 View the report here


Have a question about the national Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) or the BC SUPPORT Unit, which implements SPOR in British Columbia? Read our FAQs below, or email us at bcsupportunit@healthresearchbc.ca.