2019 Safety Grants Program – Application

The complete application is only available in PDF. To download, select the icon from the top right-hand corner of this page.

2019 Safety Theme

The following safety theme is the focus of this year’s grant cycle:

Preventing fetal/neonatal harm in the obstetrical-perinatal environment.


Childbirth is the main reason for hospital admission across Canada with over 385,770 births in 2018. Obstetrical/perinatal safety incidents are a significant medical-legal issue for healthcare practitioners and organizations, and can signal life-altering harm for the newborns and their family. Such cases represent a relatively small number of claims but disproportionately large claims costs due to high costs of future care. A recent analysis of HIROC’s claims revealed that in over 60% of the cases, infants sustained a critical and/or catastrophic injury (e.g. severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, spastic quadriplegia). One of the most promising prevention strategies to improve obstetrical/perinatal safety and reduce related medical claims is multifaceted quality improvement initiatives.


Grants up to $20,000 per recipient are available. Recipients will be recognized and highlighted in various HIROC publications and on HIROC.com.

Deadline to Apply

October 4, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. EST

Eligibility Requirements

  • HIROC subscriber
  • Application complete
  • Application received before deadline
  • Initiatives linked to the identified safety theme
  • Written support for the grant from a subscriber senior leader / executive
  • Funding request for up to $20,000

Download the 2019 Safety Grants Program application in PDF by selecting the icon from the top right-hand corner of this page.