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Current Opportunities

Comprehensive list of major funding opportunities and deadlines:

UBC SPARC Project Grant Support Services

Highlighted funding opportunities:

NSERC-US National Science Foundation Collaboration on Quantum Science and Artificial Intelligence
Description

NSERC and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on research cooperation. The MOU provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between Canadian and US research communities and sets out the principles for developing jointly supported activities. This new NSERC-NSF collaborative research opportunity focuses specifically on discoveries and innovations in the areas of artificial intelligence and quantum science.

Through a lead agency model, US and Canadian research teams will submit a singlecollaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process at the NSF, which will be the lead agency. Canadian academic researchers may receive funding from NSERC, and US researchers may receive funding from the NSF. NSERC funding will be provided as an Alliance grant. For this collaborative call there is no requirement for partner organizations or contributions in the Canadian component, and they should not be included in the proposal.

The collaborative opportunity is fully described in the Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) available on the NSF website. The DCL provides the complete guidelines for the preparation, submission, review and award of NSERC-NSF collaborative research proposals.

Application Deadlines

Varies by program

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UBC Health Innovation Funding Investment Award
Description

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 Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards are intended to catalyze these collaborations by supporting cross-faculty and cross-campus research at UBC's Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. 

Awards 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.

Funding projects should align with the strategic priorities of UBC Health and have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and/or society.

Team-Based Care Funding Stream
For the spring call, in addition to the general, open call for HIFI, we are inviting applications that focus on initiatives that contribute to provincial efforts to establish and enhance team-based care. The call is open to all innovative ideas, particularly in areas that address education and pedagogy or system change and outcomes. Examples of relevant initiatives include, but are not limited to, efforts to advance research on educational models intended to prepare learners for team-based care and advance research about the system readiness or outcomes of implementation of team-based care. 

Funds Available

$10,000 - $15,000

Application Deadline

Apr 15, 2022 - 2022 Spring Call proposal due

Aug 15 - Oct 15, 2022 - 2022 Fall Call proposal due

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NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program
Description

The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program supports the training and mentoring of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that

  • Encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities

  • Facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce 

These innovative programs must foster the acquisition and development of important professional skills among students and postdoctoral fellows that complement their qualifications and technical skills, and improve their job readiness for careers in industry, government, non-governmental organizations and/or academia.

Funds Available

Up to $150k in the first year and up to $300k for up to 5 subsequent years, for a maximum of $1.65M over 6 years

Application Deadline

May 1, 2022 - NOI due

Sept 22, 2022 - Full application due (if invited)

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NSERC Idea to Innovation (I2I) Grants
Description

The objective of NSERC's Idea to Innovation (I2I) grants is to accelerate the pre-competitive development of promising technology originating from the university and college sector and promote its transfer to a new or established Canadian company. The I2I grants provide funding to college and university faculty members to support research and development projects with recognized technology transfer potential. This is achieved through defined phases by providing crucial assistance in the early stages of technology validation and market connection.

Application Deadline

Sept 26, 2022 - Application due

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VCHRI Innovation and Translational Research Awards
Description

The Innovation and Translational Research Awards fund innovative research that will:

  • Have an impact on patient care at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and/or Providence Health Care (PHC)

  • Provide savings for the health system at VCH and/or PHC

  • Create medical device and/or commercial opportunities from pre-existing research outcomes

One joint award will be designated for a joint PHC and VCH health care professionals and/or researchers proposal.

For PHC applicants, only projects in collaboration with VCH are eligible for this award.

Funds Available

Maximum $75,000

Application Deadline

Oct 24, 2022 - Registration due

Jan 23, 2023 - Application due

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NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI)
Description

The RTI grants program provides the primary avenue for university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering to obtain up to $150,000 in support for research tools and instruments with a net cost between $7,001 and $250,000. Net cost is defined as the purchase cost of the equipment after any discount from the vendor and before taxes, customs and importation fees, transportation and shipping charges, and assembly and installation costs. The vendor discount must be free of conditions, restrictions or limitations (e.g., cannot be offered in exchange for services from users benefiting the vendor company). The research community is also encouraged to explore other avenues for funding research tools and instruments, including NSERC’s other programs that allow the purchase of equipment as eligible expenses.

Funds Available

Maximum $150,000

Application Deadline

Oct 25, 2022 - Application due

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CIHR THINC Implementation Science Team Grants
Description

Transforming Health with Integrated Care (THINC) Implementation Science Team (IST) Grants focus on improving our understanding of how to implement, evaluate, and spread/scale (share) transformative evidence-informed integrated care policies and interventions towards advancing the Quadruple Aim and health equity (sometimes known as the Quintuple Aim). Incorporating health equity as a fifth aim recognizes the critical importance of ensuring that health system transformation is pursued and realized equitably. The IST Grants are a major component of the THINC research initiative, which is led by CIHR's Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) in collaboration with multiple institutes, initiatives, and partners.  

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

  • Identify evidence-informed, actionable solutions: Generate actionable evidence on promising integrated care policies and/or delivery system interventions that can advance any/all of the Quadruple Aim goals and health equity

  • Advance the field of implementation science: Advance the evidence base on how to implement, evaluate, adapt, and spread (share) evidence-informed, equitable integrated care policies and interventions across the different health systems and population contexts

  • Build capacity: Develop human and organizational capacity for actionable evidence on implementation, evaluation, and/or spread and scale (share) of integrated care policies and interventions

  • Spark collaborations: Build strong interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral collaborations and partnerships among researchers, policymakers, decision-makers, healthcare providers, patients and public communities interested in advancing transformative integrated care

  • Foster knowledge mobilization and impact: Foster knowledge mobilization activities throughout the research process to inform the local adaptation, implementation and adoption of integrated care policies and interventions at the community and/or population level

Funds Available

Max. $400,000 per year for five years, for a total of $2,000,000 per grant

Application Deadline

Nov 29, 2022 - Application due

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