SUPPORT Unit Services: Learning

What kind of services does the BC SUPPORT Unit offer?

The BC SUPPORT Unit offers the following services.

Patient Engagement Planning

We help researchers develop patient engagement plans that cover how to effectively recruit, train and support patients to become part of a research team.


Current training includes webinarsresourcesworkshops and an annual conference. To inquire about our training and capacity development services, you can fill out our form.

Self-Directed Learning in Patient-Oriented Research

Patient-oriented research self-directed learning opportunities are being identified over time; repositories are available on our Training and Resources pages. 

All webinars are recorded with links available on our YouTube channel.

Knowledge Translation (KT)

We can provide training and resources to help build KT capacity, and can also help review KT plans to ensure they are aligned with best practice.

Find out more about the practice versus the science of the Knowledge Translation/Implementation Science Methods Cluster in BC.

Research Methods Support

We can provide consultation and support for patient-oriented research questions, and assist with data access and related data services. We can also assist with the funding application review process and in some cases we can also provide letters of support.

Pragmatic Trials

We can provide consultation on pragmatic clinical trials including assistance with trial design and advice on how to make your trial more pragmatic.

Service requests

We are offering an annual service request process for SPOR-Funded Entities (SFE).

Letters of Support

We're happy to provide letters of support for research proposals that align with our goals and objectives. However, we ask that you submit requests at least one week in advance of the competition deadline in order to ensure sufficient time to respond.

Unfortunately, if you request a letter less than one week in advance we will no longer be able to assist you.


REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture), a secure, sophisticated web application for building and managing online surveys and databases, is now available for health researchers in BC. If you will be using REDCap for patient-oriented research projects, please connect with PopData BC. For more information, read more about REDCap.


Request use of an electronic Community of Practice (eCOP), a password-protected workspace allowing team members to collaborate. Available features include: News (highlight new content), Discussions (online forum), Wikis (editable pages) and Resources (shared files).

Connecting with Health System Decision Makers

If you’re a research team looking to connect with the BC Ministry of Health, send an email to Research Links.

Research Links is a BC Ministry of Health service for researchers looking for:

  • Information about Ministry priorities
  • Support for a grant application
  • Making connections with the Ministry and its staff

Services FAQs

For more information:

We're happy to have a conversation with you about our services. To get started, please fill in our inquiry form.

You'll receive a confirmation email and then we'll do our best to contact you within 1-3 business days to follow up on your inquiry.