Internal Awards and Funding

PHC Research and Mission Award

The annual PHC Research and Mission Award recognizes a scientist in our organization who demonstrates the mission and values of Providence Health Care while conducting outstanding research. 

This award includes a plaque and $2000 to help the recipient attend an international conference of their choice. 

Nomination Deadline: 2022 competition closed   

PHC Practice-based Research Challenge

The PHC Practice-based Research Challenge is an annual competition open to point-of-care PHC staff. The Research Challenge offers research teams the opportunity to work with a mentor to develop a research proposal around a research question. They will learn basic research skills and compete with other teams for funding to conduct a small-scale research project.

For more information, download the following documents or contact Aggie Black (Director, Health Services & Clinical and Knowledge Translation).

The deadline to submit the LOI is February 15, 2022. Full proposals are due June 13, 2022.

Visit the PHC Professional Practice website for more information.

VCH/PHC 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.


  • Registration deadline: Monday November 8, 2021 by 4:00pm (PST)
  • Application submission deadline:  Monday February 7, 2022 by 4:00pm (PST)

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

Click here for more details.

VCH/PHC Innovation and Translational Research Awards

 The intent of this competition is to fund innovative research that will:

  • have impact on patient care at VCH and/or 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



Registration is mandatory for this competition. 

  • Registration deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021 by 4:00pm (PST)
  • Application deadline: Monday, January 17, 2022 by 4:00pm (PST)  

Completed letter of intent and application must be received via the online submission link by the times specified or they will not be accepted.

Click here for more details.

VCH/PHC Knowledge Translation Challenge

Knowledge Translation is the art and science of moving evidence into health care policy and practice.

Have you identified a need for practice improvement? Your knowledge translation (KT) project will help you integrate evidence into best practices.

The PHC and VCH Knowledge Translation Challenge will:

  • Support staff who do not have knowledge translation experience
  • Help design your own KT project
  • Provide easy access to KT resources, mentorship and funding


  • Letter of Intent (LOI) due: October 15, 2021
  • Application due: April 29, 2022

Click here for more details.

Early Career Clinician Investigator Award

The intent of this competition is to support early career clinician investigators by providing funds that will help them explore questions identified in the early stages of their medical profession.

Thanks to St. Paul’s Foundation (SPF) support and the Carraresi Foundation’s contribution, Providence Research is pleased to fund two research projects of up to $35,000 each. SPF and Providence Research are grateful to the Carraresi Foundation in Memory of Augusto Carraresi for its interest in supporting an early career research program at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Project Guidelines  

  • Project must fit within the vision of Providence Health Care (PHC) and Providence Research's research priorities;
  • Have a full budget of a maximum of $35,000;
  • Have an anticipated timeline of no more than 18 months, with potential for one six-month extension (utilizing existing and not additional project funds), and;
  • Take place primarily at or through St. Paul’s Hospital and have the potential of benefiting patients and/or families of St. Paul’s Hospital.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants have completed their professional training, whether as a medical doctor or in another health field (e.g. pharmacy, physiotherapy, nursing);
  • Applicants conduct their work at PHC sites;
  • Applicants have not received the Early Career Clinician Investigator Award in the past;
  • Applicants have completed their most recent formal training within the previous five years, and;
  • Applicants intend to distribute their findings (whether positive or negative) through publication or otherwise.

2021 competition closed


Visit UBC Office of Research Services or SFU Research Services for up-to-date lists of external funding agencies and deadlines.