Funding Opportunities (for all stakeholders)

While the BC SUPPORT Unit isn’t a funding agency, we’re happy to inform you about patient-oriented research funding opportunities offered by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and other organizations. Contact us if we've missed a listing that you think can be included.

For more funding opportunities offered by the CIHR, please use the ResearchNet Search Page.

If you know of a patient-oriented research funding opportunity, please email us.

Internal Opportunities

Check here for upcoming funding opportunities from the BC SUPPORT Unit!

Fraser Centre - Planning Award for Patient-Oriented Research and Knowledge Translation

Fraser Centre is offering 2 awards of $10, 000 each to support research teams in partnering with patients and other stakeholders to develop collaborations and plan research studies or knowledge translation projects in the Fraser Salish region. This award was designed to support multidisciplinary teams (patient, researcher, clinician, and decision-maker) in conducting patient-oriented research and knowledge to advance the Canadian Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research.

The awards are available for a nine-month period. The application deadline is March 31, 2020.

To see the award guidelines and access the application form, please visit

The Fraser Centre team is available to answer any questions and support the development of your application. Please contact us at, or submit an inquiry form here.

Application deadline: March 31, 2020.

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Yɑ:y̓ əstəl̓ Award for Indigenous Engagement

The Yɑ:y̓əstəl Award (pronounced YA-YA STELL) will support teams in partnering with Indigenous communities in the Fraser region. These teams will plan research projects and carry out the pilot and feasibility-testing activities to inform future applications for more comprehensive patient-oriented research grants.

Two awards of $30,000 each will be awarded (total $60,000) for 8 months. The application deadline is April 15, 2020.

Application deadline: April 15, 2020.

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Research Support Award

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide a team that includes a Simon Fraser University (SFU) academic and a Fraser Health (FH) clinician or decision-maker with funds to engage a Simon Fraser University (SFU) undergraduate or graduate student as a research assistant. The research assistant will support a patient-oriented research or knowledge translation project taking place in the Fraser region.

Five awards of $9,700 each will be awarded. The application deadline is March 31, 2020.

Application deadline: March 31, 2020.

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External Opportunities

Check here for upcoming funding opportunities from our external partners!

Rural Health Services Research Network - Travel Bursaries

Travel bursaries will be awarded to RHSRNbc members who have been invited to present their rural health services research orally or in poster format at either a national or international conference. There are four bursaries to be won—three national bursaries of up to $450 and one international bursary of $750. These bursaries are intended to subsidize the costs of travel and accommodation and other expenses related to conference participation.

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The Sue Harris Family Practice Knowledge Dissemination Grant

The Sue Harris Family Practice Knowledge Dissemination Grant supports the publication of family practice research in the area of women’s health. The funding is intended to support new researchers (family practice residents and/or practitioners), who have completed a research study, with the manuscript development and publication process. Successful applicants will be supported by research staff at the Women’s Health Research Institute during the manuscript development process.

Application Deadline: None

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CIHR - Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis+ Health Policy-Research Partnerships

This funding opportunity is expected to:

  • Catalyze the transfer of health research knowledge related to sex, gender and diversity into health policy development and practice.
  • Foster capacity development and the creation of best practices to support the sustainable application of evidence-based sex, gender and diversity analysis to health policies and programs.
  • Support the scientifically rigorous evaluation of outcomes related to the integration of sex, gender and diversity in health policies and programs.

The integration of sex and gender considerations throughout the health policy process (i.e. planning, implementation, knowledge transfer, impact assessment and re-design) can be complex. Effective integration of evidence-based sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA+) requires a thorough review of best available evidence, including consideration and mitigation of potential negative unintended consequences.

The aim of this collaboration is to fund Policy-Research Partnerships, which will help bridge the gaps between research knowledge and policy development, and support the rigorous application of SGBA+ to ensure Health Canada's outward facing activities address the diverse needs of women, men, girls, boys and gender-diverse people to maximize positive health outcomes and improve the health of Canadians.

Note that five other research partnerships have already been funded under previous funding opportunities.

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CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship

The Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship (for doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows) provides highly-qualified doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy research (HSPR), or related fields, a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health care that are being addressed by health system and related organizations (e.g., public, private for-profit, not-for-profit, and Indigenous health organizations that are not universities) outside of the traditional scholarly setting, and to also develop professional experience, new skills, and networks.

The HSI Fellowship provides doctoral and post-doctoral awardees, both referred to as fellows, with a paid experiential learning opportunity within health system and related organizations where they will dedicate the majority of their time towards a co-developed program of work that advances the organization’s impact goals and contributes to improved health system performance. Fellows will be exposed to how the health system and related organizations work, how decisions are made, how research and analytic skills can contribute to an organization’s performance, and the organization’s role in contributing to improved health and health system performance.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

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2020 Health Professional-Investigator Competition

The MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Program is designed to help close the gap between health research and its implementation by supporting health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to conduct and apply research relevant to health and/or the health system.

Letter of Intent Deadline: February 10, 2020

Full Application Deadline: April 17, 2020

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MSFHR Fuse International Conference on KT in Public Health - Research Trainee Travel Award

MSFHR supports researchers and research users to move evidence into policy and practice through knowledge translation – and wants to grow BC’s capacity for knowledge translation (KT) in public health. To enable BC-based research trainees working in the area of KT and public health to participate in this international gathering of experts, MSFHR is offering to provide travel funding and registration fees for up to three (3) BC-based research trainees whose abstracts are accepted for the fifth Fuse Conference. Funding will be based on a first-come, first-served basis with proof of abstract acceptance via an email to Gayle Scarrow, Director, Knowledge Translation at MSFHR, ( 

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 28, 2020
Conference Registration Deadline: Marc
h 30, 2020
Early Bird Rates until: May 14, 2020

Visit the conference website for details on the conference.
Visit the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research website for details on the travel award. 

MSFHR: Convening & Collaborating Program

The MSFHR Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program is designed to bring together researchers and research users* to co-develop research aligned with BC’s health system priorities. These collaborations increase the likelihood that research findings will be relevant to users.

C2 awards support meaningful collaboration and knowledge sharing between health researchers and research users, and the co-development of research questions and processes. Projects might include developing a research agendaidentifying key research practice priorities, or evaluating a peer support initiative.

Webinar: March 12, 2020, 10 – 11:00 a.m. PT. Register here.

Application deadline: April 27, 2020, 4:30 p.m. PT

Learn more about this opportunity here.

MSFHR: 2020 Reach Competition

The MSFHR Reach Program is designed to bring together researchers and research users* to support the dissemination of research evidence, within the context of related knowledge, to facilitate its effective uptake and potential to impact health and care.

Each award will help teams of health researchers and research users to co-develop events, activities, and/or tools to share research findings and disseminate research evidence beyond the normal researcher peer group to reach audiences who can directly use the knowledge.

Projects might include a social media initiativepatient forum, or a learning curriculum.

Webinar: March 12, 2020, 10 – 11 a.m. PT. Register here

Application deadline: April 27, 2020, 4:30 p.m. PT

Learn more about this opportunity here.