Funding Opportunities

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.

The opportunities below are organized by registration deadline.

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.

Community Grant Program, offered by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

This program: supports projects that contribute to sustainable and accountable community initiatives in the areas of prevention, early detection, treatment, research and emerging issues in the health care workforce; encourages local and regional education campaigns on breast cancer issues which are relevant to the community in which they are based; supports initiatives that encourage local decision-making and problem-solving; and, invests in community-based health research and action research.

Application deadline: No deadline
Find out more about the Community Grant Program, offered by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, offered by the Government of Canada

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth.

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

  • attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • develop their leadership potential
  • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow

Application deadline: September 18, 2018 (20:00 EDT)
Find out more about the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, offered by the Government of Canada

CHILD-BRIGHT Network 2018 Training Innovation Fund

Administered by the CHILD-BRIGHT Training Program team, the 2018 Training Innovation Fund will provide a maximum of $10,000 in funds to facilitate innovative training activities that will foster Patient-Oriented Research (POR) training/mentoring within research projects focused on childhood brain-based developmental disabilities.

Application Deadline: October 15th, 2018
Find out more about the Training Innovation Fund.

P2P Awards

Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research (P2P) Awards will once again be offered beginning on September 17th, 2018. Closing date is October 31st, 2018. Stay tuned on this page for announcements about an P2P overview webinar in early September. 

Application deadline: October 31st, 2018
Find out more about the BC SUPPORT Unit's P2P Awards.


Indigenous Gender and Wellness Travel Award

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is launching Travel Awards to bring interested First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples (aged 18 and older), researchers, organizations, Indigenous community members, and other allies of Indigenous Peoples to attend an Idea Fair and Learning Circle on “Indigenous Gender and Wellness”, which will be held on June 18-19, 2019 in Montreal, located on the traditional unceded territory of the Kanien;keha:ka (Mohawk) people.

Application Deadline: November 8th, 2018
Find out more about the Indigenous Gender and Wellness Travel Award, offered by the Government of Canada

BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre Fellowships

The BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre is pleased to announce two Fellowship awards!

The Clinician Researcher Fellowship in Patient-Oriented Research provides a $20,000 stipend for one year and training in patient-oriented research. Registration required by October 15th with the full application due November 12th, 2018. The Fellowship is for clinicians (physician, allied health practitioner, nurse, manager) working in Fraser Health with research experience who are interested in developing or working on a patient-oriented project within the Fraser Region.

The Fraser Centre Graduate Training Fellowship supports individuals enrolled in a thesis-based Master’s or PhD program at Simon Fraser University to conduct a patient-oriented research project in the Fraser Region, and to receive training in patient-oriented research. The Fellowship will provide a $10,000 (Master's) or $15,000 (PhD) stipend for one year. The application deadline is November 12th, 2018.

Additional information and full eligibility criteria for both opportunities can be found in the guidelines and application form here.

The Fraser Centre team encourages you to apply and is available to answer questions and support the development of your application. Contact us at or submit an inquiry form through the BC SUPPORT Unit.

Application deadline: November 12th, 2018
Find out more about the Fraser Centre Fellowships (email)

Catalyst Grant: SPOR Innovative Clinical Trials

The specific objective of this funding opportunity is to mobilize research communities to explore methodologies to advance research in innovative clinical trials research.

Examples of activities that might be conducted under this funding opportunity (but are not restricted to) are:

  • Planning and execution of pilot projects or feasibility studies to demonstrate proof of concept and/or generate preliminary data;
  • Development and/or validation of new tools, methodologies and/or protocols.

CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to grants received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $1,000,000, enough to fund approximately ten (10) grants. The maximum amount per grant is $100,000 for up to one year.
  • This funding opportunity does NOT require 1:1 matching of CIHR funds.

Application deadline: November 14th, 2018
Find out more about the Catalyst Grant on CIHR's ResearchNet.

BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre Planning Award

The BC SUPPORT Unit Fraser Centre is pleased to announce the Fraser Centre Planning Award for Patient-oriented Research and Knowledge Translation. Up to five awards worth $10,000 each are available.  The application deadline is November 15th, 2018

The planning award supports multidisciplinary teams (patient, researcher, clinician, and decision maker) to develop collaborations and plan their patient-oriented research or knowledge translation project that aligns with the CIHR Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research mandate.

Any multidisciplinary team member is eligible to apply and lead the project. Applicants must work or live (patients) in the Fraser Health service area. Applicants at satellite campuses, such as Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, are eligible.

For more information and to apply please see the guidelines and application form here.

Application deadline: November 15th, 2018
Find out more about the Fraser Centre Planning Awards.