Ontario Research Coalition of Research Institutes/Centres on Health and Aging

Publication/Event Date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ontario Research Coalition of Research Institutes/Centres on Health and Aging

The Ontario Research Coalition (ORC) was created in September 2007 to increase health and aging research capacity. The Ontario Research Coalition brings together researchers from seven key research institutes to produce evidence that could improve the quality of care provided to seniors in Ontario.

As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, Ontario must target its investments in research to build capacity that promotes effective health care and wellness options for seniors.

The Ontario Research Coalition builds this capacity by:

  • Enhancing linkages with consumers, providers, planners and educators to promote research translation
  • Encouraging cross institute/centre collaborative projects in annually identified priority research areas through the Priority Development Initiative
  • Providing incentives for people early in their research careers to focus on health and aging through Early Researcher Awards

The Ontario Research Coalition has four major goals:

  • To increase Ontario’s capacity to conduct research on seniors’ health and aging by targeting collaborative project development, nurturing innovative talent and facilitating knowledge exchange among researchers, frontline workers and policy makers
  • To improve Ontario’s ability to be competitive and access more funding from national peer reviewed competitions (e.g. CIHR, SSHRC, Alzheimer’s Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation)
  • To conduct research that is important to health system planning and delivery for older adults in Ontario
  • To strengthen the interface between Ontario researchers and policy makers working on issues related to health and aging

The ORC is governed by the Ontario Research Coalition Steering Committee.

For more information, contact Sue Cragg, Ontario Research Coalition Coordinator and Knowledge Broker.