Funding Opportunities

Collaboration for Health Research in Northern BC Seed Grant Program


The goal of the Seed Grant 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.

Award Amount and Duration

The Fall 2018 intake will fund up to 5 research teams. The maximum amount for each award is $10,000 for a 9-month period starting January 7th, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. A new research team (3 or more applicants) led in partnership by individuals from UNBC, NH, and PHSA
  • The nominated Co-Principal Investigator must hold an academic apointment at UNBC and be eligible to hold research funding.
  • One Co-Principal Investigator and/or Knowledge User from PHSA. Eligible PHSA applicants will be primarily affiliated with a PHSA agency. Please see the PDF for a list of eligible PHSA agencies.
  • One Co-Principal Investigator and/or Knowledge User from NH. Eligible applicants will be primarily affiliated with NH.
  1. Northern/Rural/remote Health Focus
  • Research teams must clearly explain how the proposed team and research activity/plan will address a health challenge identified in northern BC.
  1. Research Experience and Team Structure
  • The proposal must include an outline of team structure, including the contribution of each member to the proposed research activity/plan.
  • It is important to outline the roles of each of the Co-Principal Investigators from PHSA, NH, and UNBC as either a Researcher or Knowledge user.
  1. Community Involvement
  • Preference will be given to applications that include community, patients and/or clinical collaborators.

Key Competition Dates

Request for Applications Closing Date: October 10, 2018
Anticipated Notice of Funding Decision: December 2018
Funding Term: January 7, 2019 (9 months)

Conditions of Funding

The seed grant funding can be requested for a 9-month term and will be administered to the UNBC Principal Investigator. Within 4 weeks of project completion, award recipients must submit a final report to the Secretariat, using the template that will be provided. It is expected that award holders will present their work at PHSA, NH and/or UNBC Knowledge Translation events.

Submission Information

Applications should be sent via email in a PDF document to no later than 4:30pm on Monday October 10, 2018.
For any questions about the RFA please contact Rachael Wells, Manager Health Research Initiatives at or 250.960.6409.

Funded Projects

Winter 2018
Term: Jan 1 2018-Sept 1 2018
Amount: $10,000/project

Understanding how nurses practitioners engage in primary health care practices in Northern BC

UNBC Lead: Erin Wilson
PHSA Lead: Farah Mckenzie
NH Lead: Rob Pammett

Mapping of pregnancy care for women living with HIV in Northern BC: A qualitative analysis

UNBC Lead: Sheona Mitchell-Foster
PHSA Lead: Melanie Murray
NH Lead: A. Obeida and A. Hamour

A recall system to improve vaccine coverage in Northern BC: A pilot community intervention trial

UNBC Lead: Sandra Allison
PHSA Lead: Manish Sadarangani
NH Lead: Andrew Gray

Team Proposal Development Resources

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 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.

Developing Northern Research Collaborations Award | BC SUPPORT Unit, Northern Centre



The BC SUPPORT Unit, Northern Centre has dedicated funding to provide the opportunity for researchers, health care providers, decision makers, and patient partners to develop collaborations for person, family, and community centred research. The Developing Northern Research Collaboration Awards are expected to catalyze patient-oriented research that alogns with CIHR's SPOR Capacity Development Framework and the SPOR Patient Engagement Framework.

Applications that address one of the BC SUPPORT Unit, Northern Centre's priority areas are encouraged. Examples of activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning or team-building activities that assist teams in working together to:
         - Identisy research questions or emerging issues and priorities
         - Design a project or study which includes meaningful roles for all team members, including patients; and/or
         - Identify and address the learning needs of team members (e.g., patient engagement training at CIHR)
  • Enhancing existing research projects to become patient-oriented in nature
Please see the following PDF for more information on the award and on how to apply:
APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED: Deadline July 4, 2018 at 4pm (PT)
We would like to thank all of those who took the time to submit applications. The award winners are listed below.
The next intake for the Developingg Northern Research Collaborations Award will be released in the Spring of 2020 outlining the details of the next competition.

Funding Resources

The BC SUPPORT Unit Northern Centre would like to share the Webex recording for the Developing Northern Research Collaboration Orientation that was held on May 10 2018. The webex reviews the award application, eligibility, how to apply, evaluation criteria, and aligning applications with SPOR Capacity Development and Patient Engagement Frameworks.

Past Developing Northern Research Collaborations Award Winners

The BC SUPPORT Unit Northern Centre is pleased to announce the funding winners for the Developing Northern Research Collaboration Award for September 2018 - September 2019:

Title: How Can Stories of Stroke Lead to Actionable Health Research and Improve Health Care Servies

UNBC Researcher: Davina Banner-Lukaris
Health System Partner: Haidar Hadi
Patient/Community Partner: Barbara Croome

Title: Preventing RhD Alloimmunization in Northern BC

UNBC Researcher: Trina Fyfe
Health System Partner: Christorina Taruc
Patient/Community Partner: Jennifer Hawkes

Title: Optimizing the Patient Experience in Medical Travel

UNBC Researcher: Denise Jaworsky
Health System Partner: Dave Sohi
Patient/Community Partner: Howard and Judy Chafin

Title: Improving Mental Health Service User's Experiences of Cancer Care via Patient Engagement

UNBC Researcher: Roseann Larstone
Health System Partner: Robert Olson
Patient/Community Partner: Carrie McLeod / Linda Hoeppner

Title: Cardiac Rehabilitation in Northwestern BC: Developing Capacity for a Patient-Oriented Research Project

UNBC Researcher: Chelsea Pelletier
Health System Partner: Denise Jaworsky
Patient/Community Partner: Liane Busse

2018 Conference Travel Bursary | BC SUPPORT Unit, Northern Centre



The BC SUPPORT Unit is hosting the 2nd annual Putting Patients First: Partnerships for Better Health Research provincial conference on October 3-4, 2018 in Vancouver, BC, with workshops on October 3rd and presentations on October 4th . This conference is designed to encourage learning and collaboration of patients interested in patient-oriented research (POR), health researchers, health care providers, and health care decision makers.

The BC SUPPORT Unit Northern Centre is offering travel bursaries for northern BC based researchers, health care providers, health care decision makers, patients1 , and graduate students who are either currently actively engaged or looking to be engaged in patient-oriented research that would like to attend the conference. The Northern Centre is offering reimbursement up to a maximum of $1500.00.

Award Conditions

Applicants must be:
  1. Actively engaged in or planning to be engaged in patient-oriented research
  2. Based in northern BC
Allowable expenses under this bursary include airfare, accommodation, meal per diem, and transportation. Funds will be reimbursed after the conference, and only upon submission of original receipts and (if applicable) airline boarding passes.
For more information on how to apply, please see the following PDF form: 2018 Conference Travel Bursery Application 

Submission Information

Application Deadline: July 30th, 2018 - Applicants will be notified within two weeks with a funding decision.
Applications should be sent via email to:
BC SUPPORT Unit Northern Centre