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!

Vancouver Island Centre: Planning and Development Awards 2019-2020

These awards aim to support researchers and clinicians to partner with people with lived experience of health issues and other stakeholders in planning research studies or developing Patient-Oriented Research (POR) projects in the Island Health region. The awards will: support early career researchers, emerging POR teams, or applicants who do not have an existing program of funded research; support POR activities that contribute to advancing evidence uptake and improving health outcomes for populations in the Island Health region; and develop POR capacity through an interdisciplinary approach that fosters collaboration between research partners


A total of $50,000 is available through this competition, with one-time funding being provided up to a maximum of $15,000 per team. Funding terms are one year in duration, with awards beginning April 1st, 2020. Applicants must not have already received confirmed funding for the proposed activities. The Lead Applicant must be an academic researcher, clinician, health professional or healthcare decision-maker whose host institution is eligible to hold funding.


Registration is required before proceeding to the full application phase. The registration form and award guidelines document can be accessed here and registration must be completed on or before December 16th, 2019 at 4pm PST. After the registration form has been reviewed and approved by the BC SUPPORT Unit Vancouver Island Centre, the full application form will be made available to the applicant. Registration submissions will be reviewed to ensure that applicants are planning to focus on patient-oriented activities and are not already funded through other sources.


A targeted call for planning or development activities related to patient flow/acute care transitions will be released shortly. Inquiries about this opportunity or about the award process in general can be addressed to:

Deadline: December 16, 2019

Register today here.

Northern Centre: Developing Northern Research Collaborations Award

The BC SUPPORT Unit Northern Centre is excited to announce the second intake of the Developing Northern Research Collaboration Award. This funding will provide the opportunity for researchers, health care providers, decision makers and patient partners to develop collaborations for person, family, and community-centred research.  The Developing Northern Research Collaboration Awards are expected to catalyze research that aligns with CIHR’s SPOR Capacity Development Framework and the SPOR Patient Engagement Framework.

The total amount available for this competition is $50,000, enough to fund up to 5 awards.  The maximum amount per award is $10,000 per year for up to one year starting April 1, 2020. Deadline for submissions is February 12, 2020. Please note that no extensions will be granted for this term. All funds must be spent my March 31, 2021.

The application form can be downloaded from the Northern Centre website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Northern Centre at

Application Deadline: February 12, 2020 

Learn more here. 

Northern Centre: Graduate Studentship Program

The Graduate Studentship Program is designed for candidates who are enrolled in a full-time thesis-based Masters or PhD program at the University of Northern BC (UNBC) who are interested in undertaking patient-oriented research.

The objectives of the studentship are to:

  • Support and train thesis-based graduate students in the principles and practice of patient-oriented research;
  • Provide patient-oriented training activities to develop capacity through an interdisciplinary approach that fosters collaboration between research partners (e.g., applicants, thesis supervisors, clinicians, patient partners, and community team members);
  • Create opportunities for research partners to work together, from conceptualization of the research question through to dissemination and implementation of results; and
  • Demonstrate the impact of the studentship for graduate students and their research.

The competition will provide funding for up to one $10,000 (MSc/MA) and one $15,000 (PhD) one-year studentship. The 1- year award period begins April 2020 with a total of $25,000 available for this competition. The deadline for application submissions is February 12, 2020. Please note that no extensions will be granted for this term. All funds must be spent my March 31, 2021.

The application form and application instructions can be found on the Northern Centre website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Northern Centre at

Application Deadline: February 12, 2020

Learn more here

External Opportunities

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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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Child-Bright KT Innovation Incubator

The purpose of the KT innovation Incubator is to promote and facilitate innovative knowledge translation projects in childhood disability.

To begin the brainstorming process on innovative Knowledge Translation project ideas, a webinar was presented by Children’s Healthcare Canada (formerly known as CAPHC) in August 2017 and a “BRAINstorm” workshop was conducted at our Brain-Child-Partners Conference on November 6, 2017 in Toronto, ON. Since then, we have awarded three projects: Child-Sized KT (2018), Ready 2 Work (2019), and Making Sense of Connectedness (2019). We are now ready to launch the third year of this CHILD-BRIGHT grant competition to fund innovative projects that will help us answer our greatest challenges in knowledge translation and patient-oriented research. See below for more details.

Application Deadline: February 17, 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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