Awards and Funding

Team Grant

The Team Grant competition supports practice-based research projects and builds health research capacity. Projects for this competition are directly relevant to current health care issues within Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC) and based on the collaboration between health care providers and experienced researchers.

The purpose of these grants is to support VCH/PHC staff and clinicians to conduct applied health research, community based and/or patient oriented research projects to improve practice at VCH and PHC. VCH/PHC health care providers partner with experienced researchers who will mentor them through the entire research process, from proposal to project completion.

All applications are peer-reviewed by a committee of researchers, who help ensure that funds go toward supporting projects with both an important question and a rigorous research design that will enable the team to answer that question.


This competition is supported by VCH Research Institute, PHC Research Institute, Vancouver Community Health Services, Richmond Hospital Foundation, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, and Transplant Research Foundation of BC. Funding is contingent on lottery proceeds and/or best efforts fundraising.

The Transplant Research Foundation of BC (TRFBC) is partnering with VCH and PHC to fund two highly ranked Team Grant proposals, one at VCH and one at PHC, related to patient identified research priorities in solid organ transplantation.


You are eligible to be the principal investigator (PI) on an application if you are a VCH/PHC staff/physician. Please see the Team Grant Guidelines for detailed eligibility requirements. 

* For applicants/projects in Vancouver Community, consider aligning your application with the VC themes of ‘Substance Use and Mental Health’ or ‘Indigenous Health’. Projects are encouraged to outline the inclusion of patient-oriented outcomes and/or specific knowledge translation activities.


Registration is mandatory for this competition. 

Complete applications must be received at  by the times specified or they will not be accepted.


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For VCH applicants without a UBC appointment*:

For applicants with a UBC appointment*:

*If you have an appointment at both UBC and VCH, you only need to complete the RPIF, not the VCHRI Grant Cover Sheet.


Eric Liow, Coordinator, Research Education & Internal Awards 

Knowledge Translation (KT) Challenge

Interested in Knowledge Translation (KT)? Want to learn more about moving evidence into practice to improve patient care? Announcing the third cohort of the PHC/VCH KT Challenge!

Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health collaborate to offer this regional KT training program, which will support teams of clinicians to develop and carry out KT plans to integrate evidence into policy and practice more efficiently and effectively. Each team will also evaluate practice changes resulting from their KT plans. The KT Challenge offers training, mentorship and funding for small teams to lead implementation projects in their practice settings.

Participation in the KT Challenge program is open to staff affiliated with VCH and/or PHC. There must be a minimum of two people per team, and teams can be inter-professional. Applicants will find team members and complete a short application form, due Oct 22.



Heart & Stroke research competitions

The 2019/20 Heart & Stroke suite of research competitions were made available on the Heart & Stroke research website on June 29. Please click here to see all current funding opportunities, including Grants-in-Aid and the National New Investigator Award.

CIHR Fellowship Award

Fellowships provide support for highly qualified applicants in all areas of health research at the post-PhD degree or post-health professional degree stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research either in Canada or abroad.

For the 2018 CIHR Fellowship award opportunity, the UBC Faculty of Medicine (FoM) has agreed with the Office of Research Services (ORS) on the procedures/timelines found here.

2019 P2P Awards

P2P Awards are offered by the BC SUPPORT Unit in partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). These awards help BC-based patient-oriented research teams pilot and test the feasibility of their project, to make their future grant applications stronger.

Applications close Oct 31.

Click here for application details.

Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize

The Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prizes are awarded annually for excellence in research. Established in 2011, the Killam PDF Prize is in memory of Izaak Walton Killam and his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam, who together created the Killam trusts. Two prizes in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded to fulltime Postdoctoral Fellows at UBC in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions while at UBC.

Nominations for the Killam PDF Prize are made to the Dean's Office of their appointing faculty, and faculties submit their nominations to the PDFO. Eligibility, procedures and deadlines can be found in the Killam PDF Research Prize Guidelines. Evaluation guidelines can be found in the Killam PDF Research Prize Evaluation Guidelines.

Deadline for Faculty Submissions to the PDFO: December 6

Click here for more information.