Health Canada's Health Policy Research Program (HPRP) is seeking
primary research to enhance the evidence base informing risk management
and its inter-relationship with regulatory development in Canada.
Toward this end, the HPRP has recently posted on its website a RFA on
"Trends in Risk Management."
The HPRP is seeking primary research in the following areas:
- what risk communication means to the public, including the
public's expectation with respect to what information should be relayed
and how it should be relayed;
- the impact of risk communication on the level of trust in government action;
- the relationship between the level of understanding or perception
of a given risk and stakeholder confidence that the regulator will
select the right course of action;
- the influence of stakeholder risk perception on the policy instrument chosen to mitigate a particular risk;
- the relationship between the perception of risks associated with
new technologies, knowledge of these technologies and their uptake,
e.g., genetic testing, gene therapy, etc.; different tools and
approaches for increasing the health practitioner and/or the public's
understanding of new or potential risks.
The research will improve our understanding of the relationships
between risk perception, and the specific issue being managed, risk
communication, instrument choice, and trust in government action.
The deadline for applications is December 14, 2005.
The RFA is available at the following address: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/sr-sr/finance/hprp-prpms/current-cour/rfa-ad-025_....
The HPRP is administered by the Research Management and Dissemination
Division, Applied Research and Analysis Directorate, Health Policy
Branch. The purpose of the Program is to increase the quantity of
academic research that is directly relevant to current and future
health policy issues.