P2P Awards FAQs

Have questions about the P2P Awards? Our FAQs below may provide the answers for you.

What are the P2P Awards?

The Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research (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 prepare for future grant applications.

P2P awards provide funding for patient-oriented research teams to pilot and test the feasibility of their project, to make future grant applications stronger.

These awards will build and strengthen capacity in patient-oriented research in British Columbia.

How much will I receive for my study if I’m a successful P2P Awards recipient?

At least five awards of up to $20,000 each (with a maximum duration of 12 months) are available for 2018-2019.

What are the key dates?

Milestone Date
Letter of intent process opens August 12, 2019
Letter of intent process closes September 6, 2019
LOI decision notification sent to teams September 13, 2019
Application opens Mid-September
Application closes Late-October
Award notifications sent to teams Early 2020

What is piloting? What is a feasibility study?

A feasibility study asks whether something can be done, should we proceed with it, and if so, how. A pilot study asks the same questions but also has a specific design feature: in a pilot study a future study, or part of a future study, is conducted on a smaller scale.  In feasibility work, investigators need to identify appropriate objectives and methods related specifically to feasibility; and give clear confirmation that their study is in preparation for a future larger study designed, for example, to assess the effect of an intervention.

Source: Eldridge et al. (2016) Defining Feasibility and Pilot Studies in Preparation for Randomised Controlled Trials: Development of a Conceptual Framework.

Who is eligible to apply?

Research teams specifically working in the planning stages of a patient-oriented research study that includes patients as partners are encouraged to apply.

Prior recipients of Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) funding and prior recipients of P2P funding are not eligible to apply.

The Primary Investigator must be based at an institution that has an existing agreement with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) to hold MSFHR funds.

Who is not eligible to apply?

Research teams working on studies that do not have a clear patient-oriented research component, or do not include patients as partners will not be considered for an award.

Research teams that have already surpassed the planning stages of their project and hold a substantive grant addressing the POR question will not be considered for a P2P award.

Can a trainee (for example, a post-doctoral fellow) be the research co-lead?

No. For the purposes of this funding opportunity, a researcher is defined as someone who holds an appointment that allows them to engage in independent research activities, to hold peer reviewed funding, and to publish their research results. This would typically be someone holding a faculty-level appointment.

Who is eligible to be a trainee?

Trainees include undergraduate or graduate students, postdocs and/or clinical fellows at a BC institution, and must be in their role as trainee when the proposed work takes place.

Are we able to provide matched funding for my research study?

Yes – you may supplement the P2P award with funding from another source.

Will the P2P Awards make an impact on other grants that I’ve applied for?

The P2P Awards are independent of other funding grants. However, please note that priority will be given to research teams who have not previously held SPOR grants.

How do I apply for the P2P Awards?

The application form opens on September 17th, 2018 on the MSFHR’s ApplyNet. You must be a registered user to begin the application process.

Should references be included in my work plan?

Yes - please include references in your application. The references may be included in the additional two pages over the five allotted to your work plan. 

I have more questions that aren’t answered in the FAQ. Who do I contact?  

For further questions, please contact Larry Mróz, Research Navigator, BC SUPPORT Unit, or call our office at (236) 521-2064.