For almost 50 years, the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS) has planned, developed and driven Québec’s dynamic public health research sector. The first agency of its kind in Canada, the FRQS is at the heart of a vast research infrastructure network. Its effective model has been emulated elsewhere in Canada and around the world, and it has enabled the agency to:
-Support outstanding researchers and students;
-Value scientific, clinical and ethical excellence;
-Foster knowledge transfer and value and disseminate expertise;
-Promote national and international synergies and partnerships.
The FRQS supports a broad system of 18 centres, 9 groups and 18 networks made up of some 3 000 researchers and 6 000 graduate and postdoctoral students focused on different research themes.
The FRQS research centres are located in university health centres (university hospitals, institutes and affiliated university centres), bringing together a critical research mass and enabling health centres to carry out the research and teaching missions required for recognition as a university institution. The programs of each research centre are in line with the health care and training sectors of excellence of their host institutions, and the FRQS ensures the complementarity of the institutional programs. The research centres facilitate knowledge transfer best practices in health care and services.
The FRQS research groups are located in university institutions and include a smaller number of researchers collaborating on a common theme.
The FRQS research networks serve to virtually link health science researchers (chiefly members of FRQS centres and/or groups) based on a specific issue. Network members may also work in organizations that are not funded by the FRQS, including the Centres locaux de services communautaires (CLSC), regional boards or private businesses. By bringing together experts from across Québec around a specific theme, the networks constitute a unique tool to create national and international research ties.
The FRQS believes that researcher access to adequate human and technological infrastructure is a determining factor in maintaining a competitive edge. It is for this reason that the Fonds invests close to 50% of its financial resources in supporting these three programs through leveraging.