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Funding Opportunities


E.W. "AI" Thrasher Awards

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.

Concept papers accepted in Jan and Jul each year.

New Frontiers in Research Fund: 2021 Innovative Approaches to Research in the Pandemic Context

The goal of this rapid response call is to accelerate the exploration of new approaches and the development and testing of new directions in research methodologies. It is expected that this call will predominantly support new ways of conducting community and field-based research, since the pandemic has had the greatest impact on researchers’ ability to collect data and conduct this type of research. The maximum budget for the direct costs of the research project is $200,000 for one year. Details here.

NOI Due: Sep 21, 2021. Full application: Oct 26, 2021

Accelerate Evidence on Health Care Delivery System Innovations that Achieve the Quadruple Aim and Improve Health Equity Catalyst Grants

$100,000 for 1 year to support knowledge creation and implementation projects. The innovations being researched must have potential for transformative impact in the Canadian context. Details here.

Due: Oct 16, 2021

Operating Grant: Addressing the Wider Health Impacts of COVID-19

$500,000-$1,000,000 over 2 years. For research that aims to (1) understand the extent and impact of the indirect and wider health consequences of COVID-19 and the resilience of people of Canada; (2) Identify effective interventions (policy, practice and/or models of care) to ameliorate the wider impacts of COVID-19 and improve preparedness for future health emergencies and pandemics; AND (3) Generate evidence related to one or more marginalized population(s).

Registration Due: Oct 18, 2021. Full application: Nov 18, 2021.

Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative

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. Details here.

Due: Typically Apr 30 and Oct 31 each year

UBC Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards

$10,000 to $25,000 will be granted to faculty members who are collaborating across faculties, disciplines, and campuses to develop new teams, pursue new ideas, or translate findings from innovative health-related research. Requires cross-campus (e.g., UBC-Vancouver and UBC-Okanogan) collaboration. Details here.

Due: Oct 31, 2021


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. NEW: Sepsis Canada will provide up to $5,000 in top-up funding to applicants who submit a successful Letter of Intent to Sepsis Canada and subsequently provide proof of a successful Mitacs Accelerate application. Details from MITACS here. Full guidelines for Sepsis Canada top-up to be released soon.

Rolling deadline.