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Research Funding

Below is a list of funding opportunities offered by other organizations that support research, professional delopment or acknolwedge academic excellence. For a list of student awards offered by the Women's Health Research Cluster, click here. If you have an award that you'd like us to promote, get in touch by emailing womenshealth.res@ubc.ca
      
      

Current Competition

UBC Health: Health After 2020 (UBC-only)

Health After 2020

Description

UBC Health is inviting interdisciplinary teams who are undertaking innovative health-oriented research in faculties, schools, or departments that stretches beyond the usual or expected to participate in Health After 2020. The Health After 2020 program enables researchers to engage in interdisciplinary, cross-institutional collaborations that aim to create change in health and health producing systems. 

The 2022/23 theme for Health After 2020 is Health in Unexpected Places. Health is not only the absence of disease but an attribute of individuals, communities, and societies that is vital for daily living. Health is shaped by a wide range of determinants, from individual genetics and risk factors to social and environmental exposures, education, work, and social and economic position. Health-oriented research exists in surprising and unexpected places across every faculty, school, and department at UBC—demonstrating that improving health and wellbeing extends beyond the health disciplines.

Funds Available

UBC Health offers funding of up to $10,000 to support program participants in starting or extending a collaborative relationship with a scholar or collaborator from outside UBC. Funds may be used to deliver Health After 2020 dialogue sessions and cover expenses for external collaborators to travel to Vancouver or the Okanagan. The call for proposals is open to faculty members at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan.

Key Dates

The deadline to submit a proposal is September 29, 2022.

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Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements Pilot Initiative

Description 

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has launched the Indigenous Scholars Awards and Supplements Pilot Initiative that will provide financial support to meritorious Indigenous students who have applied to the Canada Graduate Scholars—Master’s program (CGS M). 

Funds Available

The Indigenous Scholars Award is valued at $17,500 over 12 months. The Indigenous Scholars Supplement is valued at $5,000 over 12 months.

Key Dates

The deadline for this appliication is December 1st, 2022.

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Research on the Health of Women of Understudied, Underrepresented and Underreported Populations

Description

The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at The National Institute of Health has announced the availability of administrative supplements to support research highlighting health inequities among women in the United States who are understudied, underrepresented and underreported in biomedical research. 

Funds Available

ORWH intends to commit up to $2 million annually for this program. The application budget should not exceed $140,000 in direct costs. 

Key Dates

The first avaliable due date is January 23rd, 2023 and the expiiration date is Februrary 1st 2023.

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CIHR: National Women’s Health Research Initiative

Description

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Institute of Gender and Health, and Women and Gender Equality Canada have announced the launch of the National Women’s Health Research Initiative. The initiative will advance a coordinated research program that addresses under-researched and high-priority areas of women’s health and will ensure new evidence improves women’s and gender-diverse people’s care and health outcomes.

Funds Avaliable

It is anticipated that $9.6M will be allocated to the initiative.

Key Dates

The deadline to submit the application is February 2023. 

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CIHR: Café Scientifique Program

Description 

The CIHR has announced the launch of a refreshed Café Scientifique Program. The program will provide funding to design and deliver events known as Cafés that enable knowledge sharing and open, respectful dialogues between the general public and health research experts on health-related issues of public interest. 

Any researcher or Canadian resident affiliated with an organization or institution can lead or organize Cafes. They encourage knowledge users, Knowledge Keepers, patients, Person(s) With Lived/Living Experience (PWLLE), and trainees to apply. Cafés can be held in-person, in a hybrid format (mix of in-person and virtual), or virtually. Where possible, hybrid formats are encouraged to allow for both in-person interactions between health researchers and members of the public, while also facilitating wider outreach virtually. To facilitate accessibility and provide a conducive atmosphere for engagement and interaction, Cafés are to be held in appropriate and accessible public venues or online platforms. 

Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is up to $776,000, enough to fund approximately 97 grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. Please note that applicants can apply to only one (1) pool. The maximum amount per grant is $6,000 for one (1) year.

Applications that demonstrate meaningful engagement and co-creation with knowledge users, patients, Indigenous communities and PWLLE will be eligible for an additional supplement of $2,000 per grant, to account for additional costs of co-creation and engagement. These additional costs should be reflected in the proposed budget, in order to be considered for the supplement.

Key Dates

The application deadline is Winter 2023.

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European Research Council Synergy Grants

Description

ERC Synergy Grants are intended to enable minimum two to maximum four Principal Investigators (PIs) (and their teams) 5 to jointly address ambitious research problems that could not be addressed by the individual Principal Investigators and their teams working alone. Synergy projects should enable substantial advances at the frontiers of knowledge, stemming, for example, from the crossfertilisation of scientific fields, from new productive lines of enquiry, or new methods and techniques, including unconventional approaches and investigations at the interface between established disciplines. The transformative research funded by Synergy Grants should have the potential of becoming a benchmark on a global scale. Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their research proposal. Principal Investigators must also demonstrate that their group can successfully bring together the scientific elements necessary to address the scope and complexity of the proposed research question.

Funds Available

Synergy Grant can be up to a maximum of EUR 10,000,000 for a period of 6 years. For projects of shorter duration the maximum amount of the grant is reduced pro rata10. However, up to an additional EUR 4,000,000 can be requested to cover11: (a) ‘start-up’ costs for PIs moving to EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities and/or (d) other major experimental and field work costs, excluding personnel costs.

Key Dates

ERC grant applications can only be submitted in response to a Call for Proposals. The ERC has yearly calls for proposals covering all scientific fields. For an ERC grant application to be complete, it needs to include the administrative forms, the research proposal and the supplementary documents. The completed proposal should be submitted by the specified closing date. Calls are published on this page, the European Commission’s Funding and Tenders Portal and in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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Past Competitions

Galvanizing Health Equity Through Novel and Diverse Educational Resources (GENDER) R25

Description

ORWH is pleased to announce a new program, Galvanizing Health Equity Through Novel and Diverse Educational Resources (GENDER) R25 (RFA-OD-22-015). The GENDER R25 will help meet the need for sex- and gender-specific training in science, medicine, and allied health professions by supporting the development of sex- and gender-focused courses, curricula, and methods for the extramural community. Courses and curricula can be targeted to audiences at any career stage. To learn more, register here  to attend the technical assistance webinar on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. EDT. In addition, funded projects will result in curricula, courses, and methods that can be widely utilized across disciplines and made available through the ORWH Interprofessional Education Portal.

Funds Available

Application budgets are limited to $150,000 in direct costs per year and need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Key Dates

Gender and Health Scientific Workshop Abstract Submissions Due by August 15. The deadline for poster abstracts focused on gender and health has been extended to Monday, August 15. Posters that are accepted will be displayed at the upcoming virtual workshop, “Gender and Health: Impacts of Structural Sexism, Gender Norms, Relational Power Dynamics, and Gender Inequities.” Please save the date and join us on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT. Visit the abrast submission portal for more details and learn about the workshop objectives. 

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Mobilizing Principles for Equitable Global Health Research

Description

This project will support the identification and implementation of effective knowledge mobilization strategies for integrating what are known collectively as ‘Principles for Global Health Research’ into action across the Canadian global health research (GHR) ecosystem.

The Principles for Global Health Research (the Principles) were developed by the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (now, the Canadian Association for Global Health) through a consultative process. Developed for all those involved in GHR — including people designing, conducting, using, teaching, learning about, assessing, funding or collaborating on GHR — the Principles identify equity as a central pillar. The six Principles are: authentic partnering, inclusion, shared benefits, commitment to the future, responsiveness to the causes of inequities and humility.

Funds Available

One project with a maximum budget of CAD600,000

Key Dates

May 13, 2022—Proposal Application Deadline

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Health Innovation Fund Investment (UBC only)

Description

On February 15, 2022, the call for proposals for the Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards opens to faculty members at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. UBC Health is offering up to $25,000 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. Health is produced by a complex interplay of individual, social, political, and economic factors. Interdisciplinary and cross-faculty collaborations have the potential to lead to more innovative solutions to improve health and address health inequities. The HIFI Awards are intended to catalyze these collaborations by supporting cross-faculty and cross-campus research at UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. 

Funds Available

$25,000

Key Dates

February 15, 2022—Call Opens

April 15, 2022—Application deadline

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Part the Cloud Translational (PTC) Research for Alzheimer’s Disease Program

Phase I and Phase II clinical trials directed towards Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias internationally.

Description 

Applications will be accepted from academic investigators and small companies with lead candidate therapeutic agents that require early stage testing (Phase 1 or Phase 2) prior to the larger Phase 2b or 3 efficacy studies, or with lead therapeutic agents that have already established human safety data and require a small-scale pilot Proof of Mechanism (POM) study in humans to begin proving the scientific concept in humans. This award will support Phase 1 studies or pilot small- scale Phase 2a studies for novel or repurposed potential compounds in cognitively unimpaired, mild cognitive impairment or later stages of disease, including single and multiple dose studies to establish safety, brain penetration and/or target engagement and POM in preparation for larger proof of concept trials. In addition, proposals may be considered that are POC to validate biological marker(s) of disease progression in a clinical trial environment. Any proposal must have a clear focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorder and be translational in nature. All proposals should clearly and explicitly outline the measure to be investigated, the methods for study, and outcomes. Researchers from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Full program details can be found here. 

Funds Available

We anticipate funding up to six Part the Cloud Research Awards. Each grant is limited to $800,000 (direct and indirect costs) over two or three years. Indirect costs are capped at 10 percent (rent for laboratory/office space is expected to be covered by indirect costs paid to the institution). Please note: This is for Phase 1 and/or Phase 2 human studies and must be at least 90% of the budget for costs related to conducting the clinical trial. Related studies and preliminary study, while important, do not fall under this request for applications (RFA).

Key Dates

Please note: Letters of Intent are not required for this round of Part the Cloud funding opportunity. New submissions are welcome to send a paragraph to the Alzheimer’s Association for review and feedback at grantsapp@alz.org to confirm that their proposal will meet program requirements and be responsive to this RFA. Grants identified as non-responsive will not be reviewed. While THIS IS NOT REQUIRED, it is recommended.

Re-submissions can proceed to submit a full application.

Application Deadline: March 23, 2022, 5:00 PM ET

Award Notification: May 15, 2022

For more information, contact grantsapp@alz.org

 

Women RISE

Description

There is a real risk that without efforts to understand the immense and disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women and identify policies that prioritize the needs and health of women, worldwide progress on gender equality will be rolled back. Supported by IDRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Women RISE is aligned with the United Nations Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery. Research evidence generated by this initiative will inform immediate and medium-term solutions for post-COVID-19 recovery that will improve gender equality and health equity. 

A forthcoming call for proposals will be available to fund research teams conducting action-oriented, gender-transformative research projects to understand the relationships between women’s work and health before, during and after COVID-19. Specifically, this funding opportunity will support population and public health research in low- and middle-income countries that addresses UN Research Roadmap Priority 3.5: “How have recent economic changes disproportionately impacted women and how can recovery strategies be inclusive and gender-transformative?”  

Funds Available

1M for a 2 year project.

Key Dates

March, 2022—Funding launch

April, 2022—Concept notes due

July, 2022—Proposal due

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Integrative Research in Gynecologic Health

Description

The purpose of this National Institute of Health FOA is to provide a platform to support novel, complex research with integrated studies that involve basic, translational and clinical science to focus on a single clinically-important, understudied gynecologic disorder, or a research question that cuts across disorders, while facilitating economy of effort, space and equipment. The ultimate goal of the FOA is to improve human gynecologic health by fostering partnerships between experts in diverse fields of research and enabling enhanced knowledge and resource sharing across these lines of inquiry. The projects developed will allow a cost-effective and collaborative route to accelerated transfer of scientific knowledge from bench to bedside and back again. These projects will also encourage partnerships with investigators who have not yet applied their expertise to gynecologic research, thereby expanding the potential scientific insight and investigational toolkit available to these projects.

Funds Available

NICHD intends to commit $1,500,000 in FY 2023 to fund 1-3 awards.
ORWH intends to commit $50,000 in FY2023.

Key Dates

March 18, 2022—Letter of Intent deadline

April 15, 2022—Application deadline

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Operating Grant: Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps & Priorities

Description

As the pandemic has evolved, so have the research needs of decision makers. There are important research gaps in Canada’s response that have become evident; gaps that need to be addressed rapidly and in a sustained manner to respond effectively to the pandemic. In order to achieve its goals, the Government of Canada will launch several funding opportunities under the “Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps and Priorities” banner to address the identified research gaps in Canada. As priority gap areas are identified, additional funding opportunities will be launched. The purpose of this and upcoming funding opportunities is to provide rapid funding for projects which respond to identified gaps in COVID-19 research areas. The initiative will seek to support a diverse portfolio of projects to ensure that complementary subthemes (including gender discrimination) are addressed.

Funds Available

$80,000 annually for the first two years and up to $290,000 in the third year, for an overall total maximum of $450,000.

Key Dates

August 10, 2021—Registration deadline

September 14, 2021—Application deadline

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2021 Women's Health Resarch Institute Catalyst Grants

Description

These pilot grants are an open competition with respect to funding a project in women’s and newborn’s health. However, one of the seven grants will be dedicated to the support of a biomedical health research project involving investigations in female animals. Awards are open to BC researchers at a university or research hospital setting, but candidates must be a member of the WHRI. Eligible researchers include post-doctoral fellows, clinical fellows, research associates, clinician scientists and academic researchers.

Funds Available
 
A total of seven grants will be awarded at $25,000 each.

Key Dates

August 31—Submit Letter of Intent (LOI)

October 1—Full application due

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Graduate and Fellowship Research Award in Women's Health

Description

This award is intended to provide salary support to Women's Health Research Institute (WHRI)-affiliated graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are engaged in women’s and/or newborn health research and who do not currently hold major competitive salary awards. Become a WHRI member. Only applicants who do not hold major competitive salary awards at the time of award acceptance (i.e., November 2021) will be considered for this award.

Funds Available

One graduate-level award and one postdoctoral-level award valued at $13,500 each, for a one-year period.

Key Dates

September 20, 2021 at 11 pm PDT—Full application due

October 29, 2021—Anticipated notice of decision

November 1, 2021—Funding start date

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The Role of Work in Health Disparities in the U.S.

Description

The purpose of this National Institute of Health opportunity is to support innovative population-based research that can contribute to identifying and characterizing pathways and mechanisms through which work or occupation influences health outcomes and health status among populations with health and/or health care disparities, and how work functions as a social determinant of health.

Funds Available

The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Key Dates

October 5, 2021—Full application due

February 5, 2022—Full application due

June 5, 2022—Full application due

October 5, 2022—Full application due

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Prevention of Perinatal Depression: Improving Intervention Delivery for At-Risk Individuals

Description

The research scope for this National Institute of Health opportunity includes: 1) strategies for identifying women at risk for perinatal depression; 2) developing and testing tools for selecting those most likely to benefit from preventive interventions; 3) testing service-ready efficacious preventive interventions that are of appropriate intensity/dose, and are scalable, such that they can be delivered with fidelity by setting providers; and, 4) testing strategies that can be used to train providers and to support delivery of evidence-based approaches with fidelity across diverse health care and community settings.

Funds Available

Two million will be split between 3-6 projects.

Key Dates

November 9, 2021—Full application due

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Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative

Description

This funding supports community-based and community-led research partnerships with postsecondary institutions that are grounded in the lived experience of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups and that analyze the causes and persistence of systemic racism and discrimination.

Funds Available

The maximum amount per grant that can be requested for a clinical trial or a randomized control trial is $1,000,000 over one year.

The maximum amount per grant that can be requested for all other types of research is $500,000 over one year.

Key Dates

November 15, 2021 (8pm EST)—Application deadline

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Expansion Grants: Considering Sex and Gender

Description

Supported by Brain Canada and Women’s Brain Health Initiative (WBHI), this program supports the implementation and/ or continuation of sex and/ or gender considerations in previously funded projects focusing on brain research in the fields of aging, neurodegeneration, or stroke. Six grants of $105,000 each over two years will be awarded. As an expansion grant, the proposed research project must incorporate sex and/ or gender in the aforementioned fields of research in one of two ways: (1) the addition of a sex and/ or gender component in projects that did not previously consider these factors or (2) the continuation of efforts targeting the inclusion of sex and/ or gender components in ongoing or previously completed research projects. The research topic may span the range of basic-translational-clinical approaches.

Funds Available

Six grants of $105,000 each over two years will be awarded.

Key Dates

July 5, 2021—Registration deadline

September 1, 2021—Full application due

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CIHR: Heart Failure Research Network

Description

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support a single nationally coordinated, interdisciplinary research Network (including patients, people with lived/living experience, family/caregivers, Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers, government, policy makers, not-for-profit organizations, health care providers, researchers, clinicians and industry) focused on HF across the lifecycle, within various health delivery settings (including hospitals, primary care, home and community care as examples), and must consider HF in the context of multi-morbidity, Indigenous health and well-being and health disparities. Read more

Funds Available

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $5,000,000, enough to fund one (1) Network grant. The maximum amount per year is $1,000,000 for a maximum of five (5) years.

Key Dates

July 7, 2021—Registration deadline

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Catalyst Program

Description

Canada's federally funded Digital Health and Discovery Platform (DHDP) has launched their Catalyst Program. Catalyst will follow Mitac's Accelerate format and provide $15,000 in funding to support industry partnered projects and internships. Projects will focus on the advancement of next generation health data technologies including: data access; data ingestion; data federation and AI/Machine learning with applications in cancer and Neurology. Read more.

Funds Available

50-100K/year

Key Dates

Jun 18, 2021—Full application due

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Discovery Horizons

Description

The objective of this NSERC pilot funding opportunity is to support investigator-initiated individual and team Discovery research projects that broadly integrate or transcend disciplines to advance knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) and would significantly benefit from being assessed by an interdisciplinary peer review committee. Full applications submitted to this NSERC program will thus be reviewed by a tri-agency interdisciplinary peer review committee, which NSERC is piloting in partnership with CIHR and SSHRC. The duration of projects are up to 5 years. Read more

Funds Available

50-100K/year

Key Dates

June 15, 2021—LOI due

Oct 18, 2021—Full application due

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L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science International Awards

Description

This award program identifies and supports eminent women in science throughout the world. Each year, five Awards Laureates are recognized for their contributions to the advancement of science, in Life or Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Funds Available

€100,000 is given to each of the five laureates

Deadline

May 31, 2021

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AI for Humanitarian Action

Description

Microsoft created this funding program to address global humanitarian issues by providing funding for organizations, institutions and labs that develop AI solutions in four focus areas including the needs of women and children. They are interested in supporting projects that improve operational efficiency, enable new capabilities, increase beneficiary engagement, or involve rich data analysis for classification and prediction modeling. 

Funds Available
Resources available to selected projects: Up to $300,000 fair market value in Azure and data science services consisting of a combination of:

  • $10K - $75K Azure credit grant
  • Azure enablement engineering support (if needed)
  • Up to 300 hours of engagement by Microsoft Data Science and Analytics team members

Key Dates

Application deadline: May 31, 2021

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The Heart-Brain Connection IMPACT Award

Description

Brain Canada and Heart & Stroke have come together to provide this multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, integrative research competition that will investigate the complex interactions between the heart and the brain by leveraging the power of collaboration and innovation in Canada’s research community. This new funding opportunity will bring together researchers across biomedical, clinical, health services, and social, cultural, environmental and population health fields to generate new knowledge and meaningful action that will directly benefit people in Canada. Research teams will drive discovery and exploration, and to build long-term capacity in heart and brain vascular research. Brain Canada and Heart & Stroke (funders) are committed to making equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) an integral component of the Heart-Brain Connection IMPACT Award competition. EDI principles must be integrated and applied to team assembly, research design, methods, analysis and interpretation, and dissemination of research findings. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this funding opportunity.

Funds Available
 
Two grants of up to $2.9 million each. Teams invited to application phase will be given a planning grant of up to $10,000, with approved budget justification, to develop their Full Application.

Eligibility

Canadian research teams.

Key Dates (2021)

April 8—Register team

May 13—Submit Letter of Intent (LOI). Select applicants will be invited to proceed to the Full Application phase.

August 26—Full application due.

Please refer to the Competition Guidelines for additional details or contact research@heartandstroke.ca.

L’Oréal Canada For Women in Science Fellowships

Description

​This year, two fellowships valued at $20,000 each will be awarded to female postdoctoral researchers in the fields of Life Sciences and Engineering/Pure and Applied Sciences. Candidates must conduct their research at a Canadian host institution or organization. Due April 14, 5:00pm EST. 

Funds Available

$20,000 each

Eligibility

Must conduct research at a Canadian host institution or organization

Deadline

April 14th 5:00 pm EST

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