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.

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.

Internal Opportunities

Check here for upcoming funding opportunities from the BC SUPPORT Unit!

CHILD-BRIGHT / BC SUPPORT Unit Training Innovation Fund

CHILD-BRIGHT and the BC SUPPORT Unit, part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), are partnering in this opportunity. The purpose of this initiative is to provide a maximum of $10,000 per project to facilitate innovative training that will foster patient-oriented research (POR) activities within one/more of the following areas of focus:

  • Capacity-building initiatives that support training/mentoring within research projects focused on either:

    • Childhood brain-based developmental disabilities, or

    • Patient-oriented research in the province of BC.

  • Tools to improve cross-stakeholder comprehension and communication on interdisciplinary research teams.

  • Training to explore the ethical engagement of youth as partners on patient-oriented research teams and/or subjects in POR projects.

All proposals focused on childhood brain-based developmental disabilities will be eligible to receive CHILD-BRIGHT funding, while proposals specific to BC that are not limited to this specific domain will be eligible for support through the BC SUPPORT Unit.

Please apply through the appropriate funding stream. Proposals will be reviewed and projects approved until funds are expended.

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Application deadlines: November 30, 2020

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External Opportunities

Check here for upcoming funding opportunities from our external partners!

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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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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CIHR - 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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