Funding Opportunities

Current Opportunities 

Collaboration for Health Research in Northern BC Seed Grant Program 



The goal of the Seed Grant Program is to enable collaborators 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 the health of the population in northern BC.

Award Amount and Duration 

The maximum amount for each award is $10,000 for a 12-month period.

Key Competition Dates 

  • RFA Closing Date | February 6th, 2023 
  • Anticipated Notice of Funding Decision | March 14th, 2023
  • Funding Term | April 1st, 2023 - March 31st, 2023 (12-months) 

Current Funded Teams 

Term: April 1, 2023 - March 31, 2024 (12-months)

Award Amount: $10,000/project

Title: Developing a Moral Empowerment Program to address moral determinants of providers’ wellbeing and contribute to healthcare effectiveness and sustainability

  • UNBC Lead: Davina Banner-Lukaris
  • PHSA Lead: Alice Virani & Drew Clark
  • NH Lead: Esther Alonso-Prieto

Title: Examining how a partnership between health and post-secondary education providers can facilitate the return of domestic internationally educated nurses (d-IENs) return to the nursing workforce 

  • UNBC Lead: Caroline Sanders
  • PHSA Lead: Brittany Watson
  • NH Lead: Joanne Cozac

    Publications Resulting from Funded Projects: 
    • Banner, D., Kandola, D., Hadi, H., Hennessy, B., Barrett,T., & Transken, S. (2017). The power of storytelling: Listening and learning for improved stroke care in northern and rural British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 33(10), S217.
    • Seaton, C. L., Bottorff, J. L., Jones-Bricker, M., Oliffe, J. L., DeLeenheer, D., & Medhurst, K. (2017). Men’s mental health promotion interventions: A scoping review. American Journal of Men’s Health, 11(6), 1823-1837. 
    • Seaton, C. L., Bottorff, J. L., Oliffe, J. L., Medhurst, K., & DeLeenheer, D. (2019). Mental health promotion in male-dominated workplaces: Perspectives of male employees and workplace representatives. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 20(4), 541-552. 
    • Mitchell-Foster, S., Racey, C. S., Day, T., Falkner, C., Smith, L., Pederson, H., Chan, T., Cook, D., Shannon, K., Lee, M., Money, D., Alison, S., Chettiar, J., Ogilvie. (2019). Opportunities for HPV self-collection to improve cervical cancer screening uptake in street entrenched women in rural regional centres. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, IDOSG ABSTRACTS 221(6), 695. 
    • Timms, K. P. & Maurice, S.B. (2020). Context-dependent bioactivity of versican fragments. Glycobiology, 30(6),365-373. 
    • Kaminska, M. E., Roots, R. K., & Singh, A. (2021). Feasibility of intradialytic cycling program in a remote community hemodialysis unit: Mixed-methods analysis of implementation. Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease. 8,1–13. 
    • Wilson, E. C., Pammett, R., McKenzie, F., & Bourque, H. (2021). Engagement of nurse practitioners in primary health care in northern British Columbia: a mixed-methods study. CMAJ Open, 9(1), E288-E294) 
    • Freeman, S., Banner, D., Labron, M., Betkus, G., Wood, T., Branco, E., Skinner, K. (2022). “I see beauty, I see art, I see design, I see love.” Findings from a resident-driven, co-designed gardening program in a long-term care facility. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, 42(7), 288-300. 

    Past Funding Opportunities 

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


    The BC SUPPORT Unit, Northern Centre 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.

    Graduate Studentship Award | BC SUPPORT UNIT, Northern Centre 


    The Graduate Studentship Program was designed for candidates who are enrolled in a full-time thesis-based Masters or PhD program at the University of Northern BC (UNBC) who are interested in undertaking patient-oriented research.

    The objectives of the studentship were to:

    • Support and train thesis-based graduate students in the principles and practice of patient-oriented research;
    • Provide patient-oriented training activities to develop capacity through an interdisciplinary approach that fosters collaboration between research partners (e.g., applicants, thesis supervisors, clinicians, patient partners, and community team members);
    • Create opportunities for research partners to work together, from conceptualization of the research question through to dissemination and implementation of results; and
    • Demonstrate the impact of the studentship for graduate students and their research.