Grants & Funding Opportunities

Have a great idea for a global health project? Take a look at these funding opportunities for research, capacity building and implementation projects. This includes funding opportunities for fellows involved in global child and women's health.

CICH Global Health Seed Grants

Concept Note Due: Oct 20, 2021

Full Application Due (By Invitation Only): Dec 20, 2021

$40,000 to support the development of high-quality, transformative global health projects aligning with CICH 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. Projects that are not primary research projects will be considered but they must have an appropriate plan for evaluating implementation and impact. PIs/Project Leads based at the Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of BC (C&W) are eligible. This competition is initiated by CICH and supported by donors to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF). 


Concept Note Cover Page and Template

CICH is also co-funding a Healthy Starts Catalyst Grant that is relevant to the field of global health. Applicants can submit to both competitions, but the Healthy Start Catalyst Grants can only be held by a PI who is part of the BCCHR Healthy Starts Theme.

2021 CICH Global Health Trainee Grant 

Application Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis 

Are you a trainee participating in a rural/remote elective in a High-Income Country (HIC) or a global health elective in a Low- or Middle-Income Country (LMIC) in 2021 as part of your clinical training?

Does your training focus on health care of neonates, children, adolescents, and/or women?

You could be eligible to receive up to $1,250 from the Centre for International Child Health.

Visit the application page for more details, and email with any questions about this opportunity.

Previous grant recipients include:

  • Midwifery trainees

  • Occupational therapy trainees

  • Residents

Please note – the elective must start between July 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the elective start date.

Deadline: Rolling

AWDF's grantmaking ensures resources reach the hundreds of African women's organisations that are working in diverse ways to improve the lives of women and African society at large. 

AWDF has three thematic areas of funding, which are: Body and Health Rights, Women's Economic Security and Justice, and Leadership, Participation and Peace. 

Learn more on their website here

Research Development Fellowships

2021 competition now closed.

Supports early-career African researchers with developing their skills as a researcher by providing up to £40,000 for a 3- to 9-month placement at a leading research institution in Europe or Africa. Intended for researchers focused on important challenges for human health. Full details here.

Strengthening Data Science Capacity and the Ecosystem: Enabling Data-Centered Public Health Interventions

Due: Jan 13, 2022

 Aims to fund (2) cross-cutting cores to (a) develop data governance data science capacity and standards and (b) build data science capacity. Will also fund (2) data re-use projects that focus on a specific disease area. Requires collaboration between researchers in at least 2 countries based in any of the following regions: Africa, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Brazil. $250,000 USD over 18-24 months. Details here.

Metagenomic Next Generation Sequencing to Detect, Identify, and Characterize Pathogens

Due: Jan 13, 2022

Support travel and accommodation of grantees to San Francisco for training at the CZ Biohub, and the following items: 1) a sequencer suitable for the global health environment, 2) a dedicated sequencing technician, and 3) sequencing reagents for the duration of the award. CZ Biohub and CZI training will include pilot analysis of samples from their home region during hands-on, intensive mentoring. Details here.

The following calls support research in any discipline that aims to improve human life, health, and well-being. Open to researchers in low- and middle-income countries, the UK, and Ireland. 

Early Career Awards: 

Due: Feb 15, 2022

Funding includes salary and research expenses. Up to £400,000 for 4 years. Meant for researchers who have completed their PhD or have 4 years equivalent research experience, with no more than 3 years of postdoctoral experience. Details here.

Career Development Awards

Due: Mar 29, 2022

Funding includes salary (if needed) and research expenses for up to 8 years. Meant for mid-career researchers who can drive their own program of research and aim to make important contributions to their area of research by generating significant shifts in understanding or developing new mothodologies, frameworks, tools, or techniques. Details here.

Discovery Awards: 

Due: Mar 24, 2022

Funding includes salary (if needed) and research expenses for up to 8 years. Meant for established researchers or teams of researchers who aim to make important contributions to their area of research. Details here.

Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Awards

Concept Note Due: Mar 15, 2022
Full Application (Invitation Only): Apr 8, 2022

Supports medical research in child health conducted by new researchers with oversight by a mentor. Open to medical residents/fellows and post-doctoral fellows worldwide. $25,000/2 years. Details here.

E.W. "AI" Thrasher Awards

Concept Paper: Jan 18, 2022

Full application (By Invitation Only): Apr 19, 2022

Supports hypothesis-driven medical research that addresses significant health problems in children's health and offers innovative and broader applicable solutions with low barriers to implementation. Up to 3 years of support. Median grant previously awarded was USD $320,000 total. Open to applicants from any country. Full details.

Sigma Global Nursing Research Grant

Next round opens Feb 2022. Due May 1, 2022

$10,000 USD for 1 year. Supports a nurse-led, cross-country research team focused on responding to health disparities. More details here.

Sigma/Canadian Nurses Foundation Grant

Due: Dec 1, 2021

$5,000 USD for 1 year. Supports a nurse-led research project that advances the practice of nursing with an emphasis on nursing care homes. More details here.

MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator Program

2021 competition now closed.

Supports health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to conduct and apply research relevant to health and/or the health system to ultimately improve health outcomes in BC and beyond. Salary support of $90,000/year for 5 years. Details here.

MSFHR Reach and Convening & Collaborating (C2) Awards

2021 competition now closed.

Supports researchers and knowledge users in co-developing research questions and processes that address one or more of BC’s health system priorities (C2 Awards) or co-developing events, activities, and/or tools to share research findings (Reach Awards). 

MSFHR Research Trainee Program


LOI Due: Dec 6, 2021

Full Application Due: Feb 14, 2022


Supports post-doctoral or health professional researchers in BC. $45,000/yr of salary support + $4,500/yr of research allowance, for up to 3 years. Details here.

MSFHR Scholar Program


LOI Due: Dec 6, 2021

Full Application Due: Jan 31, 2022


Supports BC early-career health researchers in building and developing their programs of research. $90,000/yr for up to 5 years. Provides salary support for the applicant or research staff and trainees working on the applicant's research program. Details here.

Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative

Due: Typically Apr 30 and Oct 31 each year

Open to BC medical trainees or physicians with experience and a demonstrated interest in rural medicine and global health. These  grants are meant to support partnerships between rural BC physicians and lower resource communities. They will provide $5,000 or $10,000 for projects that promote and enhance the capacity for generalism in the health services of low-resource and underserved rural communities, in BC and globally. Details here.

Healthy Starts Catalyst Grants

NOI: Nov 12, 2021. Full Application: Dec 10, 2021

$40,000 to support research aligning with the Healthy Starts Theme vision/strategic direction. PI must be within the Healthy Starts Theme, while co-PI can be from any BCCHR research theme. Meant to catalyze new collaborations and cross-disciplinary research within the Healthy Starts and BCCHR community. Details here.

C&W Clinical & Translational Research Seed Grant

2021/22 deadline has passed. 

$10,000 to support research taking place on the Oak Street Campus (BC Children's Hospital or BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre). Must be led by a postdoctoral fellow and clinical trainees/physicians/other health professionals. The intent is to support well-defined research projects that may not otherwise receive funding, foster new areas of research, enhance research partnerships, and build leadership capacity for both research and clinical trainees. Details here.

UBC Faculty‎ of Medicine Summer Student Research Program

Deadline for 2021 has passed. 

Open to MD (years 1 and 3) and non-MD undergraduate students at UBC, this program provides $1,600 - $3,200 for 4 - 8 weeks of full-time work on a health research projext supervised by an investigator in the Faculty of Medicine. Full details here

BCCHR Summer Studentships:

Due: Feb 11, 2022

$3,100 - $4,720 for a 8, 10, or 12 week period in May to August of 2020. Open to undergraduate and medical students supervised by a BCCHR Investigator at BC Children's Hospital working to improve the health of children and their families. Details on BCCHR ResearchHub.

BCCHR Graduate Studentships (Masters or Doctoral):

Due: Jan 14 (Masters)/Jan 18 (Doctoral), 2022

$10,000 - $20,000/year for up to 2 years. Open to students actively engaged in research at the C&W campus and supervised by a investigator at BC Children's Hospital working to improve the health of children and their families. Details on BCCHR ResearchHub.

BCCHR Postdoctoral Fellowship

Due: Nov 19, 2021

$40,000/year of salary support + $1.500/year of travel allowance for up to 2 years. Open to PDFs engaged in research at the C&W campus and supervised by a investigator at BC Children's Hospital working to improve the health of children and their families. Details on ResearchHub.


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