ACHORD is based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Alberta, and the University of Calgary in Calgary Alberta. The Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Alberta provides office space to house the majority of the ACHORD staff and students in Edmonton. The ACHORD offices are based in the Alberta Diabetes Institute at the University of Alberta. The ACHORD Group has also greatly benefited from two consecutive 5-year team grants from CIHR to help establish our core infrastructure.
From 2002-2007 we held a Chronic Disease New Emerging Team (NET) Grant. This 5-year grant, of close to $1 million, was made possible through a special partnership initiative between the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD), and the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health. This Chronic Disease NET program was intended to promote the growth of small existing interdisciplinary teams focused on common and related aspects of kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
In 2008 ACHORD was awarded an Emerging Team (ET) Grant from CIHR INMD. The ET Grant program was intended to provide ongoing support to those NET Grant holders who were successful in establishing a strong and productive team. The ACHORD ET Grant will provide nearly $2.5million in funding from 2008-2013. These ET funds support our research infrastructure, studentships, ACHORD research meetings and dissemination activities.
ACHORD has also been supported by funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) under the Leadership Opportunity Funding associated with Jeff Johnson’s Canada Research Chair. CFI funding has been used to establish infrastructure in the ACHORD Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta
Operating grants from various sources, including CIHR, the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Institute of Health Economics, support ongoing ACHORD projects. All of the ACHORD Investigators are also independently supported by personnel awards from Alberta Innovates — Health Innovation and Platforms (formerly Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research). Ongoing grant funding is also provided from Alberta Health and Wellness to support the activities of the Alberta Diabetes Surveillance System (ADSS) and the Alberta’s Caring for Diabetes (ABCD) Project. These project grants support the delivery of these services, but also provide a platform for research and engaged scholarship as we aim to improve the quality and efficiency of care for diabetes in Alberta.