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.

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.

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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Rural Health Services Research Network - Team Building Awards

To provide an opportunity for researchers to apply for up to $5,000 in funding to support the development of a research team.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2019

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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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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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UBC Partnership Recognition Fund

The UBC Partnership Recognition Fund is now accepting applications.

Designed to help fill small resource gaps and acknowledge the contributions of community partners, the PRF offers low-barrier funding of up to $1,500 to not-for-profits working in partnership with UBC faculty, staff or students. 

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Applying is simple: Just confirm eligibility and submit a single-page proposal signed by the UBC faculty, staff or student and the community partner. If a partnership received PRF funding in the past, you can apply again this year.

Note: If you are co-presenting at Congress and are looking to cover a community partner’s costs, contact Kat Cureton directly.

Application Deadline: June 28, 2019

Canadian Institutes of Health Research 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.

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Application Deadline: September 9, 2019

Catalyst Grant : Patient-Oriented Research

his funding opportunity is expected to:

  • Catalyze patient-oriented research aligned with the SPOR Patient Engagement Framework and SPOR Capacity Development Framework by:
    • Developing partnerships amongst patients and patient communities, researchers, health care professionals and health system decision-makers or policy-makers;
    • Mobilizing the above partnerships to develop and conduct a patient-oriented research project or projects; and,
    • Informing future applications for more comprehensive patient-oriented research grants.

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Registration Deadline: 2019-06-25
Application Deadline: 2019-09-10