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!

Pathways to Patient-Oriented Research (P2P) Awards

P2P Awards are offered by the BC SUPPORT Unit in partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). These awards help BC-based patient-oriented research teams pilot and test the feasibility of their research project, to make their future grant applications stronger.

Important Dates: 

  • LOI Phase opens - August 12, 2019
  • LOI Phase closes - September 6, 2019
  • Decision notifications sent to teams - September 13, 2019

Learn more here.

Excellence in Patient-Oriented Research - Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute/BC SUPPORT Unit

The purpose of this competition is to promote excellence and build capacity for patient-oriented research for clinician-scientist investigators located at VGH, UBC Hospital, Richmond Hospital and G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre.

Important dates: 

Information session: Monday September 9, 2019 12:00-2:00pm (PST)
Registration deadline via online form:  Monday, September 30, 2019 by 4:00pm (PST)

Learn more here.

    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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    CIHR Operating Grant : Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR)

    This Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) multi-institute initiative is under the leadership of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health and the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health. Partners include all eleven of the other CIHR Institutes: Institute of Aging; Institute of Cancer Research; Institute of Gender and Health; Institute of Genetics; Institute of Health Services and Policy Research; Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health; Institute of Infection and Immunity; Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis; Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction; Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes; and Institute of Population and Public Health.

    Application Deadline: September 4, 2019

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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 Catalyst Grant : Patient-Oriented Research

    The aim of this Catalyst Grant program is to provide seed money to support patient-oriented research activities which represent a step towards the pursuit of more comprehensive applications to funding opportunities (e.g., Operating Grants).

    Applicants are encouraged to increase the inclusion and advancement of underrepresented groups in the sciences as one means to enhance excellence in research and training. As such, applicants are to describe any planned approaches to promote an inclusive research and work environment, such as efforts to increase participation from underrepresented groups, and any considerations of equity, diversity and inclusion in the recruitment practices and training/mentorship activities. Applicants are encouraged to complete the CIHR Unconscious Bias Learning Module.

    Funds Available

    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 $3,500,000, enough to fund approximately thirty-five (35) grants. The maximum amount per grant is $100,000 per year, for up to one year.
    • This funding opportunity does NOT require 1:1 matching of CIHR funds; however, applicants may come forward with letters of support from partners confirming cash or in-kind contributions to support the activities of the proposal.

    Learn more here.

    Application Deadline: September 9, 2019

    CIHR Project Grant : Fall 2019 Priority Announcement

    Priority Announcements (PAs) offer additional sources of funding for highly rated applications that are relevant to specific research areas. Applications are submitted through the "201909PJT" competition of the Project Grant: Fall 2019 funding opportunity. Frequently Asked Questions provide additional information on the PA program.

    Funds Available

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

    Information on the research areas to be supported as well as the maximum amounts per award that can be requested is found in the "Objectives" section.

    CIHR Research Priority Areas

    Learn more here

    Important dates: 

    Registration Deadline 2019-08-14
    Application Deadline 2019-09-11
    Anticipated Notice of Decision 2020-01-22
    Funding Start Date 2020-04-01


    CIHR Operating Grant: SPOR Innovative Clinical Trial Multi-Year Grant

    The SPOR innovative Clinical Trials (iCT) Initiative contributes to increasing Canadian competitiveness in iCT research and provides a stimulus for trialists to adopt new methodologies, enhance patient and clinician engagement in research, and build capacity and increase the intensity of iCT research.

    Important Dates:

    • LOI Phase:

      • Application deadline: 2019-08-28

    • Full Application: 

      • Application deadline: 2019-11-12

    Learn more here

    CIHR Operating Grant : POR Impact Assessment

    The Patient-Oriented Research Impact Assessment Grants aim to build capacity in Canada to conduct patient-oriented research impact assessments and to generate evidence of the impact of patient-oriented research to date. Impact assessment methods should seek to capture the wide diversity of health, social and economic impact, including better-informed public policy and decision making. 

    Important Dates:


    • Application deadline: October 22, 2019

    Canadian Association of Medical Education: Health Professions Education Grants

    Opportunities for peer-reviewed grant support in Health Professions Education are limited. Learners and faculty at all stages, who have new projects, are particularly challenged in obtaining support.

    The CAME Foundation Health Professions Education Grants support new and innovative scholarly projects in Health Professions Education that are not part of larger, formalized and funded education research programs.

    Award amount
    The maximum available funds per application are $5000, which can be spread over 12 months of support. There is a maximum of $20,000.00 in funds across the four grants. Funding will be awarded to one or more applicants at the discretion of the CAME Grants Committee. The committee reserves the right to not fund any projects in any given year.

    Important Dates:

    • Letter of Intent due: September 6, 2019

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