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New Funding Opportunity for Researchers working with Providence Health Care (PHC) patients.


Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 08:45 to Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 05:00


Application Process (SOI) Due July 6, 2022

Dear Providence Researcher,

To enable the advancement of medical research and patient care, Genome British Columbia (Genome BC) has committed an investment of up to $1 million in partnership with Providence Health Care Ventures to create the Data Access, Integration and Analysis (DAIA) program. This funding will provide researchers who have enrolled patients at PHC, with an opportunity to access the Integrated Health Informatics Datalab (IHID), a cloud-based bioinformatics system integrated within PHC to support research and discovery.

Researchers will be able to access, through the IHID, protected PHC clinical data, including medical imaging, for enrolled patients and integrate it with researcher-provided omics (genomics, proteomics, epigenomics, metabolomics, metagenomics and transcriptomics) data. The IHID platform will provide virtual sharing of de-identified health data within a secure patient environment.

We expect new IHID-enabled discoveries will address unmet clinical needs, provide benefits to the healthcare system, and, most importantly, improve patient care outcomes. The IHID enables efficient security, privacy and ethics compliance required for complex research projects while at the same time bringing disparate data sources and tools together in ways that allow research projects to proceed quickly.

To participate in this competition, eligible researchers must have existing omics data or the ability to develop omics data within the first three (3) months of the project for a cohort of patients who received care at St. Paul’s Hospital or Mount Saint Joseph Hospital within the last five years (2017-2022).

For more details about the DAIA program, including the program guidelines, please visit Genome BC’s DAIA Program website.

Key elements:

  • Project Duration: 12 months
  • Funding: Applicants may request up to $250,000 per project

Co- funding is not required. A portion of the funds must be dedicated to the Integrated Health Informatics Datalab (IHID) services, and the remaining funds can cover other project costs

Application Process: 

  • Statement of Interest (SOI) due by 5 PM on July 6, 2022, and
  • Deadline: 5 PM on August 25, 2022.

Interested applicants are encouraged to direct questions regarding the Data Access, Integration and Analysis (DAIA) program to: Further information is available on the Genome BC website.