Sponsor a Patient-Led Research Team

Become a PaCER Team Sponsor

Sponsor a Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) team and include patient priorities and perspectives into your research program and projects

Transformation in health care will only happen with the engagement and involvement of patients in the planning and decision making

Sylvia Teare

Patient and Community Engagement Researcher

Sponsor a PaCER team

The Alberta Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (AbSPORU) Patient Engagement Team provides support and academic oversight to PaCER teams and projects. The program is delivered by UCalgary Continuing Education.


What PaCER researchers do

During the one-year PaCER program learners gain essential research knowledge and skills and us the specific PaCER methodology to develop, design and carry out a project related to your research program.

Your role as a Sponsor

  • Provide a research topic for your team and receive a final report at the conclusion of the program.
  • Provide specific contextual information to the team on your behalf throughout the 3 courses and support the recruitment of patient researchers (team) and patient and community members.
  • Use results from the study to inform future research priorities or to provide evidence to change health care practice, planning or policy.

Why get involved

By sponsoring a team, you:

  • Contribute to continued inclusion of patient perspective in health research and the health care system
  • Enable community involvement and community knowledge translation among patient and community groups
  • Develop patient capacity for involvement in future research and quality improvement efforts
  • Receive a PaCER student authored research report

Intake Dates

We are offering fall and winter intakes.


Fall Intake (October - July)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. (MT)


Winter Intake (January to December)
Monday and Wednesdays
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. (MT)

Building a community, high five

Join a community

As a sponsor, you join a community of patient-centred health researchers, care networks and other health-centred organizations.

Past sponsors include:

  • Alberta Health Services Addictions and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network
  • Alberta Health Services Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network
  • Alberta Health Services Kidney Health Strategic Clinical Network
  • Alberta Health Services Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Youth Strategic Clinical Network
  • Alberta Health Services Population, Public and Indigenous Health Strategic Clinical Network
  • Alberta Health Services Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network
  • AIHS Collaborative Research and Innovations Opportunities
  • Calgary Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic
  • Calgary South Health Campus
  • Canadian Foundation for Health care Improvement Integrated Concussion Research Program
  • IMAGINE: Inflammation, Microbiome and Alimentation, Gastro-intestinal and Neuropsychiatric Effects
  • Libin Cardiovascular Institute
  • St. Elizabeth Health Care, Toronto