Funding Opportunities

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), Northern Health (NH) and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) are excited to release a Request for Applications for a new Seed Grant Program. The goal of this program is to enable researchers and knowledge users at PHSA, NH and UNBC to work in partnership and initiate new research projects that focus on improving the quality of health services and improving population health in northern BC.

The total amount for this funding opportunity is $100 000, enough to fund a maximum of ten grants. The maximum amount per grant, which will cover a six month period, is $10 000. There will be two Request for Application intakes for this competition, with the first intake in May 2015, and the second intake in September 2015.

The Seed Grant Program, developed as a result of PHSA, NH and UNBC entering into a Memorandum of Understanding in 2013 to establish a mutually beneficial research partnership for northern BC, is guided by the following principles:

  • A collaborative relationship between researchers and knowledge users for the purposes of improving the quality of health services and the health of northern populations;
  • Mutual respect and acknowledgement of the skills and expertise each organization brings to the partnership;
  • Attends to the needs and realities of northern BC in the overall context of BC;
  • Builds capacity for partnered research and leaves a legacy of capacity across all three organizations;
  • Builds research capacity in the North for the North; and,
  • Creates a culture of learning.

This tripartite partnership will also support activities that promot​e networking and knowledge translation events between PHSA, NH and UNBC. The UNBC Health Research Institute will act as the Secretariat to support the work involved for all partnered initiatives and activities.


Funded Projects

First Intake: May 2015
Term: Jul. 1 - Dec. 31, 2015
Amount: $10,000/project

Optimizing the Implementation and Uptake of Stroke Prevention Guidelines in Northern British Columbia

UNBC Lead: Davina Banner-Lukaris
PHSA Lead: Pam Aikman
NH Lead: Haidar Hadi

State of Healthy Public Policy in Northern BC: Making the healthy choice the easy choice

UNBC Lead: Henry Harder
PHSA Lead: Drona Rasali
NH Lead: Sandra Allison

Feasibility of Sharing Patient Reported Outcomes between Oncology and Primary Care

UNBC Lead: Robert Olson
PHSA Lead: Vince LaPointe
NH Lead: Bill Clifford

Second Intake: October 2015
Term: Dec. 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016
Amount: $10,000/project

Guideline Adaptation for Integrated Prenatal Care in a Rural and Northern Canadian Setting

UNBC Lead: Lela Zimmer
PHSA Lead: Janet Walker
NH Lead: Vanessa Salmons

Improving Care for Women with Cervical Dysplasia: Engaging Colposcopy non-attenders in Northern British Columbia

UNBC Lead: Sheona Mitchell
PHSA Lead: Gina Ogilvie
NH Lead: Jessica Place

Third Intake: March 2016
Term: April 15 - Oct 15, 2016
Amount: $10 000/project

Assessing Community Readiness for Harm Reduction Services for People who use drugs in Northern BC Communities

UNBC Lead: Heather Peters
PHSA Lead: Jane Buxton
NH Lead: Fiann Crane

Indicator development for improved monitoring and surveillance of the social determinants of health impacts related to resource development across BC, Canada

UNBC Lead: Henry Harder
PHSA Lead: Drona Rasali
NH Lead: Raina Fumerton

Putting the POWERPLAY advantage to work: the development and optimization of a workplace mental wellness module for northern and rural men

UNBC Lead: Cherisse Seaton
PHSA Lead: Kerensa Medhurst
NH Lead: Damen DeLeenheer

Pursuing Integration: Case Studies of Organizational Transformation

UNBC Lead: Pranesh Kumar
PHSA Lead: Trish Hunt
NH Lead: Mike Simpson

Fourth Intake: October 2017
Term: Nov 15, 2016 - May 15, 2017
Amount: $10 000/project

Developing a Suite of Quality Indicators (QI) for Telehealth Services

UNBC Lead: Shannon Freeman
PHSA Lead: Kathy Steegstra
NH Lead: Frank Flood

Integrating self-collected HPV testing at community-based primary care clinics: Decreasing barriers to screening for Indigenous and marginalized women

UNBC Lead: Sheona Mitchell-Foster
PHSA Lead: Kate Shannon
NH Lead: Tracey Day

Fifth Intake: March 2017

Term: April 1, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Amount: $10 000/ project

SmartParent: A Texting Program for the First Year of Parenting

UNBC Lead: Caroline Sanders
PHSA Lead: Patricia Janssen
NH Lead: Randi Roy

Mental Health Service Users’ and Carers’ Experience of Cancer Care

UNBC Lead: Candida Graham
PHSA Lead: Rob Olson
NH Lead: Jim Campbell

Veriscan in Mammary Epithelial Invasion

UNBC Lead: Sean B. Maurice
PHSA Lead: Connie J. Eaves
NH Lead: Heather Wozney

Feasibility of Implementing Leg Cycle Ergometers in an Independent Dialysis Unit in a Northern BC Setting

UNBC Lead: Malgorzata Kaminska
PHSA Lead: Anurag Singh
NH Lead: Angela Rocca