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Funding Opportunities


NSERC Discovery Grants

This opportunity supports provides operational support to a research program within the natural sciences and engineering. Not meant to support full research costs, but rather provide researchers with the ability to pursue promising, potentially high-risk research avenues and participate in collaborative efforts. Up to 5 years.

NOI: August 1, 2020. Full application: November 1, 2020. Details here.

Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC has a funding opportunity open to BC medical trainees or physicians with experience and a demonstrated interest in rural medicine and global health. These  grants are meant to support partnerships between rural BC physicians and lower resource communities. They will provide $5,000 or $10,000 for projects that promote and enhance the capacity for generalism in the health services of low-resource and underserved rural communities, in BC and globally. 

Full application: Oct 31, 2020. Details here.

CICH Global Health Seed Grants

$50,000 to support the development of high-quality, transformative global health projects aligning with CICH 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. Projects that are not primary research projects will be considered but they must have an appropriate plan for evaluating implementation and impact. PIs/Project Leads based at the Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of BC (C&W) are eligible. 

Concept Note: Oct 31, 2020. Full applicaiton (by invitation only): Jan 20, 2021. Details here.

Healthy Starts Catalyst Grants

$40,000 to support research aligning with the Healthy Starts Theme vision/strategic direction. PI must be within the Healthy Starts Theme, while co-PI can be from any BCCHR research theme. Meant to catalyze new collaborations and cross-disciplinary research within the Healthy Starts and BCCHR community.

NOI Due: Nov 13, 2020. Full Application Due: Dec 11, 2020. Details here.

C&W Clinical & Translational Research Seed Grant

Supports for projects taking place on the Oak Street Campus (BC Children's Hospital or BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre) that promote research collaborations between postdoctoral fellows and clinical trainees, physicians, or other health professionals. The intent is to support well-defined research projects that may not otherwise receive funding, foster new areas of research, enhance research partnerships, and build leadership capacity for both research and clinical trainees.

Due: Nov 20, 2020. Details here.

Operating Grants for Early Career Investigators in Maternal, Reproductive, Child & Youth Health

The Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health is accepting proposals in maternal, reproductive, child, and youth health, including one proposal jointly supported by the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction. These will provide CAD $105,000 over 3 years for Canadian investigators who have held their position for less than 5 years. 

Registration: Dec 15, 2020. Full application: Jan 26, 2021. Details here.‎

E.W. "AI" Thrasher Awards

Concept Paper: Jan 19, 2021 or Jul 20, 2021

Full application (By Invitation Only): Apr 20, 2021 or Oct 29, 2021

Supports hypothesis-driven medical research that addresses significant health problems in children's health and offers innovative and broader applicable solutions with low barriers to implementation. Up to 3 years of support. Median grant previously awarded was USD $320,000 total. Open to applicants from any country. Details here.


CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grants – ICS

Up to $25,000 to support 1) planning activities, partnership development and increase understanding of the health research landscape; and 2) dissemination events and activities that focus on the communication of health research evidence to the appropriate researcher or knowledge-user audiences. Details here.

Delayed due to COVID-19.


MITACS Accelerate Fellowship

Salary + research support for master's and PhD students. $40,000/18 months, for up to 2 years (Master's) or 4 years (PhD students). Recipients will also gain access to professional development training that helps them ensure project success and gain in-demand career skills. More details here.

Rolling deadline.