Putting Patients First 2019: Health Care Provider Travel Award

Putting Patients First 2019:
Working Together Across the Research Life Cycle

Health Care Provider Travel Award

The BC SUPPORT (SUpport for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit (‘the Unit’) is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research (POR) throughout British Columbia. For further information on the BC SUPPORT Unit click here.

What is POR?

POR is research done in partnership with patients, that answers research questions that matter to patients and aims to improve health care.  POR is multi-disciplinary where health researchers, patients / families / caregivers, health care providers and health system decision makers all engage as partners in research. Want to know more about POR? Use this handy document: “How Patient-Oriented is Your Research?”.

Why Patient-Oriented Research:  A clinician’s perspective


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Why is this conference important to health care providers?

Patient-oriented research addresses questions relevant to patients that can impact the delivery of care, which means health care providers also need to be meaningfully engaged in the research process. This conference will help providers learn about how research works and how they can meaningfully contribute to the research process to help findings be more easily incorporated in to care delivery.


The BC SUPPORT Unit is pleased to offer 10 travel awards up to a maximum of $1500 each. These awards will support two (2) BC-based health care providers from each of the five health authorities in BC to attend Putting Patients First 2019: Working Together Across the Research Life Cycle, the BC SUPPORT Unit’s third annual conference to be held in Vancouver, November 20, 2019. For further details see the PPF19 Conference page.

Applicants must:

  1. Be a health care professional currently employed in a regular part-time or full-time permanent position at a BC-based health care institution AND providing or directly supporting patient care.
  2. Be currently engaged as a health care provider partner on a patient-oriented research project conducted within a health care setting in BC.
  3. Identify how this opportunity would support their personal learning goals, professional career development and their ability to participate in POR.
  4. Provide a reasonable budget for traveling to and attending the conference. 
  5. Obtain approval for this application from their employer/supervisor.


You are NOT eligible for this award if you meet any of the following criteria.


  1. Have held, or currently hold, a salary award or research grant funding from a Tri-council research funding agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC), MSFHR or other provincial or national or international research funding agencies.  This includes being identified as a Principal Investigator / Applicant, Co-Investigator / Co-applicant or Collaborator on awards offered by these external research funding agencies.
  2. Have any of the following university appointments at any academic institution: assistant professor, associate professor, professor, clinical associate professor or clinical professor or another equivalent academic appointment.
  3. Live in BC and are currently enrolled as a full-time graduate student (Masters or PhD) in a post-secondary institution OR are a postdoctoral-fellow currently working at a BC-based institution.
  4. Are enrolled as a full-time health care professional in training (student) in a post-secondary institution in BC OR are a medical resident or fellow in BC.  

Award Submission and Review Process

  • Applications MUST be submitted online.
  • Applications will be independently reviewed by a committee with representation from Health Care Provider partners and BC SUPPORT Unit staff.

Important Dates

  • Applications will OPEN on Monday, September 16, 2019.
  • Applications will CLOSE on Monday, November 4, 2019 (11:59 PM).  No exceptions.
  • Award funding decisions will be sent to applicants by email on (or about) November 8, 2019.
  • Expenses reimbursement submission deadline, Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Impact narrative evaluation online survey on (or about) January 5, 2020.

Funding Conditions
Eligible expenses for this award include travel to Vancouver (car, +/- ferry, economy airfare), accommodation (2-nights), ground transportation in Vancouver (public transit, car, taxi), parking and food. NOTE: Conference registration is free. As well, breakfast and lunch will be provided for all registrants on the day of the conference.

  • Applicants are required to identify and seek additional funding from other available sources.   Funding from this award can be used as top up funds to cover additional travel expenses.
  • The final number and amount of funding allocated for each award will depend on the applicants’ funding needs. Final allocation of the funds will be at the discretion of the committee. 
  • Funds for this travel award will be released after the conference.
  • Funds will be payable to the award recipient.
  • Expense reimbursement requests must be submitted by December 3, 2019 (with original receipts from expenses incurred). Expenses forms and submission information will be provided to recipients of this award.
  • All award recipients will be expected to complete a short online impact narrative evaluation approximately 8 weeks after the conference.

Conflict of Interest

Applicants must declare potential conflicts of interest with the BC SUPPORT Unit. Applicants who receive salary support in whole or in part from the BC SUPPORT Unit are ineligible for this award [BC SUPPORT Unit partners].

Email Inquiries:  Info@bcsupportunit.ca [Please use PPF19 HCP Travel Award in subject line]

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