Canadian Institute for Health Research
Consisting of 13 institutes, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) supports health research in the areas of biomedical, clinical, health services and systems, population health, societal and cultural dimensions of health, and environmental influences on health through a number of funding opportunities and competitions held by the institutes.
CIHR also provides funding opportunities to support universities, teaching hospitals and research institutes. CIHR promotes partnerships with the voluntary sector, provincial governments, industry and pharmaceutical companies and has a strong mandate towards knowledge translation and commercialization. UNBC faculty members apply to various funding competitions from the different institutes, depending on their discipline and research focus.
- Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health
- Institute of Aging
- Institute of Cancer Research
- Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health
- Institute of Gender and Health
- Institute of Genetics
- Institute of Health Services and Policy Research
- Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health
- Institute of Infection and Immunity
- Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis
- Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction
- Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes
- Institute of Population and Public Health
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is the national instrument for making strategic investments in Canada's capability in science and technology.
NSERC supports both basic university research through discovery grants and project research through partnerships among universities, governments and the private sector, as well as the advanced training of highly qualified people.
NSERC’s role is to make investments in people, discovery and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. They invest in people by supporting some 22,000 university students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. They promote discovery by funding more than 10,000 university professors every year. And they help make innovation happen by encouraging more than 800 Canadian companies to invest in university research. These programs support many students and faculty researchers at UNBC.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is an arm's-length federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the social sciences and humanities.
SSHRC-funded research fuels innovative thinking about real life issues, in connection with communities, governments, industry and other research partners, including the economy, education, health care, the environment, immigration, globalization, language, ethics, peace, security, human rights, law, poverty, mass communication, politics, literature, addiction, pop culture, sexuality, religion, Aboriginal rights, the past, our future.
SSHRC grants and fellowships programs allow researchers to explore, invent and develop deep expertise in a wide variety of disciplines, as well as to target research to specific social needs. SSHRC programs also provide support for research training and research communication activities.
UNBC faculty members have been successful in applying to a variety of SSHRC’s funding programs, such as the Standard Research Grants, the Northern Research Development Program, and the Community-University Research Alliance program.
BC Knowledge Development Fund
The BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) supports research that: maximizes the economic and social benefits of investing in research infrastructure within BC; promotes excellence in research and the enhancement of research infrastructure within the province; encourages increased collaboration among the province’s post-secondary institutions, as well as between post-secondary institutions and industry; improves BC’s ability to attract and retain high quality researchers and skilled technicians; and, ensures BC’s public post-secondary institutions and teaching hospitals are able to compete successfully for private sector and federal funding.
BC Medical Services Foundation
The BC Medical Services Foundation (BCMSF) was established in 1968 as an endowment fund within the Vancouver Foundation, a non-governmental community foundation. BCMSF supports health related research, in both academic and community settings that will have a direct impact on health and health care in British Columbia. It encourages interdisciplinary and collaborative research, actively promotes the increase of research capacity, explores solutions to health care issues and advances study in the health sciences. BCMSF has a particular interest in rural and remote health issues.
Canadian Foundation for Innovation
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) supports the development of research infrastructure (equipment, facilities and installations) needed to undertake leading edge research and develop advanced technologies through institutional funding programs. CFI contributes 40% of the total eligible project costs, usually in partnership with the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) which contributes another 40%, with the remaining 20% coming from the institution. Valuable research infrastructure at UNBC, from lab space, high performance computing and essential field equipment, has been funded by the CFI.
Canada Research Chairs Program
In 2000, the Government of Canada created a new permanent program to establish 2000 research professorships – Canada Research Chairs – in universities across the country by 2008. The Canada Research Chairs Program invests $300 million a year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds. Canadian universities nominate Canada Research Chairs and administer their funds. Each eligible degree-granting institution receives an allocation of Chairs. For each Chair, a university nominates a researcher whose work complements its strategic research plan and who meets the program's high standards. Three members of a college of reviewers, composed of experts from around the world, assess each nomination and recommend whether to fund the position.
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) supports health research by: leading, partnering and serving as a catalyst to advance provincial, inter-provincial and national initiatives that expand health research support and opportunities; working with health research stakeholders to identify, prioritize and respond to provincial priorities; and, delivering innovative programs to address the key building blocks of a vibrant, sustainable research effort. MSFHR-funded programs attract and retain excellent researchers, enhance investigators’ productivity and ability to bring in national and international sources of funding, and support new initiatives specific to the needs of BC’s health system and economy.
Mitacs is a federally and provincially funded organization that provides financial support for research. Mitacs brings together academia, industry and the public sector through research and training initiatives that assist the knowledge-based economy. This objective is achieved primarily through the support of students and post-doctoral fellows, including trainees who undertake collaborative research involving a UNBC faculty member and a private-sector partner.