About OSSU

The Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU) is a network of 14 leading health Research Centres and 8 Research Initiatives, supported by a Coordinating Centre located in Toronto, that engages researchers, patients and other partners in patient-oriented research to improve the health of Ontarians and the health care system.

Jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Government of Ontario and partner Ontario hospital foundations and institutes, OSSU provides supports such as expertise, infrastructure, training and resources to people conducting patient-oriented research to help implement Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research in Ontario. OSSU also funds projects that demonstrate the value of patient-oriented research and how it can leverage OSSU supports to achieve greater impacts. These awards support translational patient-oriented research that are Innovative, Measurable, Patient-oriented, Appropriate, Collaborative and Transformative – IMPACT Awards.

OSSU helps researcher teams conduct patient-oriented research through a network of 14 leading Research Centres located in Ontario that offer a wide range of expertise.


  • provides infrastructure, expertise and support to people engaged in patient-oriented research
  • promotes knowledge transfer and exchange of the latest research evidence
  • aims to improve health policy and clinical practices in Ontario.

We are one of 11 SUPPORT Units across the country that form part of the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research.

Contact Us


MaRS Centre, West Tower
661 University Avenue, Suite 495
Toronto, ON. M5G 1M1

Email: ossu@ossu.ca
Twitter: @OSSUtweets
Phone: 416-673-8451