WHRN Funding & Training Opportunities

Women’s Health Research Network Seed Funds & Trainee Funds Programs

The WHRN’s granting programs have been revised and updated to better respond to the needs of our members. We are now offering funding opportunities for grant proposal development, trainee research and travel, and community-based research. Click here for details. The April 2008 competition is now closed.


WHRN Grants in Community-Based Research

In partnership with the Vancouver Foundation, the WHRN is funding individual and team community based research grants related to women’s health and gender and health. Individual grants are worth up to $1000; team grants up to $4000. Click here for grant submission guidelines. The April 2008 competition is now closed.


This online collaborative tool is now available to WHRN members. The web-based tool allows people to connect across town, across the province, or across the world.Anyone in a WebEx meeting can share documents, websites, or anything else on their desktop. For more information on using WebEx, contact us.

Exploring Social Locations: Women’s Health & Policy in Canada

MPP 812: Selected Topics in Public Policy / HSCI 891: Special Topics in Health Sciences

Exploring Social Locations is a new, innovative, and interactive approach to learning about gender, women’s health, and health policy in Canada. The course explores analytical and constructive aspects of theory, practice and policy from critical, feminist and anti-racist perspectives.  Each section of the course is facilitated by leading provincial, national and international scholars, activists, community–based researchers and policy makers. Click here for recordings of the course’s public lecture series

WHRN Calls for Submissions

There are no current WHRN calls for submissions.

Other Funding Opportunities

CIHR New Investigator Award Workshop

The HeRRO office at UBC Point Grey is hosting a workshop on CIHR New Investigator Awards on Friday, May 30, 2008 from 9:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Click for details.

Pre-Announcement: Secondary Stroke Prevention Health Services and Care Team Grants – Requests for Applications

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC), the Canadian Stroke Network (CSN) and the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) will be partnering to launch a Request for Applications (RFA) aimed at advancing knowledge related to stroke, in particular, how health services, systems of co-ordinated care, and processes of care related to secondary stroke prevention can be improved.  Click for details.

Youth Sexual Health Team – Trainee Awards available for graduate and postdoctoral trainees

The CIHR-funded Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) team of researchers called the Youth Sexual Health Team is inviting applications for Master’s and PhD trainees and Post-Doctoral Fellowships. Click for details.

BC Rural and Remote Health Research Network (BCRRHRN) Working Group Initiative Funding

The vision of the BCRRHRN is to enhance the health of rural and remote residents. To achieve this vision, the BCRRHRN strives to increase the capacity of rural and remote health researchers. The purpose of the BCRRHRN 2008 Working Group initiative is to support activities (e.g., writing research proposals, grants, developing a research agenda, analysing research results, etc) aimed at producing excellent rural health research.  Click for details.

CIHR Emerging Team Grant – Gender, Sex and Health

The Institute of Gender and Health (CIHR) is launching the Emerging Team Grant opportunity to further and strengthen research and build research capacity relevant to gender, sex and health. LOI: November 1st, 2007 – Application: May 1st, 2008. Click here for details.

BC Healthy Communities Seed Grants

Enhancing Capacity for Healthy Communities (PDF)

BCHC Seed Grants (PDF) are small, one-time-only funding opportunities that encourage and support efforts to improve community health and well-being, and to promote optimum human development, in communities throughout the province. The maximum amount per grant is $2,500.00. Seed Grants support local and regional groups to undertake activities and processes that integrate the Healthy Communities approach into everyday thinking and practice. Click to download the application form,

CHSRF Nursing Research Fund

The Nursing Research Fund was created to answer several concerns raised by nursing organizations and others representing nursing interests. The Canadian Nurses Association and other major nursing voices lobbied the federal government extensively for funding to develop nursing researchers and to support research on nursing recruitment, retention, management and the issues emerging from health-system restructuring. Click here for more details.

New funding available for Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Research

The US Department of Defense recently received funding to support research in their Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) and their Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP). These funds are open to bio-life, basic, clinical, epidemiology, and public health scientists considering focusing on breast cancer or prostate cancer research at the University of British Columbia. The BCRP has released eight Program Announcements. All details for application are available in the Program Announcement for each funding mechanism located on the CDMRP website. Pre-application deadline: March 27, 2008; proposal deadline: June 19, 2008.

NEARBC Southern Node: Funding Opportunities

The Southern Node of Network Environments for Aboriginal Research BC is pleased to announce that there is a limited amount of seed funding available to assist British Columbia -based researchers, working in the area of Aboriginal Health to develop grant applications. NEARBC encourages the building of mentoring relationships. To that end, preference will also be given to proposals that include graduate students who are working with community based researchers in this capacity.

NSERC – New Pacific Office

NSERC has officially opened a new regional office. Based in Vancouver, and composed of three staff members, Rick Warner (Manager), Pam Giberson (Research Development & Promotion Officer), and Megan Griffith (Administrative Officer), NSERC-Pacific will serve British Columbia and the Yukon. Click for details.

UBC Office of Research Services – funding opportunities & deadlines by month

Upcoming Deadlines

Funding Agency

Name of Grant

Application Deadlines

Click for Details

CIHR (Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction)

Mental Health and Addiction in the Workplace


April 15, 2008


July 15, 2008



Emerging Team Grant – Gender, Sex and Health

Full Application:

May 1, 2008


Western Regional Training Centre for Health Services Research (WRTC)

Affiliated studentships

May 1, 2008


CIHR (Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction)

Centres for Research Development in Gender, Mental Health and Addictions


June 2, 2008


March 16, 2009


CIHR/MSFHR Strategic Training Program Grant

Partnering Community Health Research (PCHR)

July 15, 2008

Community Leaders (study leaves)


National Institutes of Health (USA)

Omics and Variable Responses to CAM: Secondary Analysis of CAM Clinical Trials (R01)

Full Application:
August 14, 2008

National Institutes of Health (USA)

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R01)

Full Application:
September 19, 2008

Martha Piper Research Fund

October 1, 2008

and annually to 2011


National Institutes of Health (USA)

Advancing Novel Science in Women’s Health Research

Full Application:

October 16, 2008


National Institutes of Health (USA)

Psychopharmacology of Widely Available Psychoactive Natural Products (R01)

Multiple dates

view details for competitions

Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation
Manning Innovation Awards

Calls for Submissions

Ministry of Health – Policy Rounds

The role of the Strategic Policy and Research Knowledge Branch is to manage and support the development, implementation, coordination and review of Ministry-wide projects and policy initiatives, in consultation with other divisions, ministries and relevant stakeholders. Policy Rounds is a forum where all levels of staff, from all areas of the Ministry, can find out more about a broad range of policy research topics. Topics must be related to policy issues in health and considered ‘research,’ in its broadest sense. Topics must be well-defined. Information on upcoming Policy Rounds is distributed to a large audience, so the information needs to be clear. Policy Rounds are open to all Ministry of Health staff so presentations should be appropriate for a broad and varied audience. Click for details >> (PDF)

Call for Abstracts: 14th Qualitative Health Research Conference

The organizers of the 14th Qualitative Health Research Conference, to be held October 3-6, 2008 in Banff, Alberta are seeking abstracts focused on qualitative health research. Deadline: April 30, 2008. Click for details >>

Call for Papers: Social Inequalities and Health

Humanity & Society, the Journal of the Association for Humanist Sociology, plans a special issue devoted to Social Inequalities and Health. In many nations the economic and political changes associated with increasing economic globalization have been seen as heightening social inequalities with potential negative effects on health outcomes.This has led to a flurry of research and policy activity concerned with reducing these social and health inequalities. Papers are invited that will draw upon these two areas of research activity and should focus on various aspects of how social inequalitiescome about and how they are linked to health outcomes. These papers must incorporate a concern with each of the following:
–Social inequalities and differing living conditions and how these result in health inequalities (a social determinants of health perspective);
–Public policies and how these shape the presence of social inequalities and health inequalities (a public policy point of view);
–The roles the State, market economy, and civil society play in shaping the distribution of political, economic, and social resources (a political economy analysis); and
–An examination of these issues within a framework that considers the
political, economic, and social forces that lead to jurisdictional
differences in health outcomes (a comparative perspective). Deadline: May 1, 2008. For details and guidelines, refer to the journal’s website.

Call for Proposals:  BCMHARN-ACCELERATE BC Graduate Research Internships

Research is fundamental to providing the quality information needed for improving the lives of people living with mental health and substance use problems. BCMHARN and ACCELERATE BC have created a new partnership to support up to four graduate student/post-doctoral research internships valued at $15,000 each. In addition to training new researchers, the program will provide a foundation for future collaboration between academia and the wider community. Internships involve a four-month time commitment, although this equivalent amount of time may be spread over a maximum period of 12 months. It is up to the graduate student/post-doc and his or her supervisor to identify a research project and a partner organization where the research will take place. Approved internships may commence anytime between April 1 and December 1, 2008. For the complete program description and application guidelines visit the website.

Calls for Nominations

Kaiser Foundation

The Kaiser Foundation has announced a call for nominations for the National Awards for Excellence 2008

The Foundation’s mission is to nationally recognize outstanding individuals, groups and communities across Canada for their proven excellence in helping Canadians reduce the harm from substance abuse. There are seven award categories for which Canadians can be nominated:

Excellence in Public Policy
Excellence in Community Programming
Excellence in Aboriginal Programming
Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use Programming
Excellence in Leadership
Excellence in Youth Leadership
Excellence in Media Reporting

For more information, visit the Kaiser Foundation website.

Job Postings

Evaluation Researcher and Knowledge Integration Specialist, Fraser Health

Fraser Health Research Administration and Development is seeking an evaluation researcher and a knowledge integration specialist to work on specific projects for a 15 month period on a full-time basis. Click here for details. Please contact Susan Chunick, Director, Research Administration and Development, for further information and/or to apply.

Research Nurse: BC Centre for Disease Control

The BC Centre for Disease Control is seeking a full-time research nurse for a 5 year CIHR HIV study. See attached for details.  Interested nurses should contact Darlene Taylor.

Research Assistant: BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health

Reporting to the Project Coordinator or Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant is responsible for assisting with current and future research initiatives within the area of maternal health and women’s substance use at the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH).  This position assists with all aspects of research and knowledge translation projects beginning with concept building through to completion and publication of findings, requiring an ability to work well independently and within a team environment, managing multiple deadlines and competing priorities.  The Research Assistant is required to work with multiple stakeholders within and outside of the BCCEWH. Click here for the complete job description.

Tenured & Tenure-Track Positions – Simon Fraser University

SFU Faculty of Health Sciences is inviting applications for the following eight tenure track positions:

  • Cellular Pathophysiology
  • Epigenetics/Molecular Genetics
  • Spatial Perspectives in Public Health
  • Infectious Diseases Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Molecular Epidemiology
  • Mental Health & Addiction Sciences
  • Population Health Promotion
  • Chair in Health Disparities in Cancer
  • Health and Economics

Refer to the SFU website for details on these positions.

Division of Community Health and Humanities, Memorial University

The Division of Community Health and Humanities, Memorial University invites applications for three academic appointments:

1) Associate Dean

2) Biostatistics/Quantitative Research Methods (tenure track)

3) Health Policy/Health Care Delivery (term).

For more information on each of these positions, please visit the MUN website.

To advertise a position through the WHRN, contact us.

Calls for Collaborators

Amberhearst Breast Cancer Foundation

Amberheart Breast Cancer Foundation is looking for partners interested in community research project related to breast health education aimed at adolescents. In particular, partners involved in community epidemiology and/or research on non-communicable diseases education are being sought. If you are interested in partnering with Amberheart please contact Dr. Tad Slubowski

Research Participation

Study of the role of genetic variations in risk for postpartum depression and psychosis in women who have a history of psychiatric illness.

Recruitment of participants is currently underway for a study of postpartum depression and psychosis that is being conducted by a group led by Dr. Jehannine Austin of the UBC Department of Psychiatry. The study aims to investigate the role of a genetic variant in risk for postpartum depression and psychosis in a group of women who have a history of a major psychiatric disorder (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder etc). The  group hopes to develop strategies by which to reduce the risks for postpartum depression and psychosis for this group of women. Please click here for additional information about taking part in the study. Visit the website for details.

Chemicals, Health & Pregnancy Study (CHirP)

Recruitment is currently underway for women who are pregnant and interested in learning about environmental chemicals.  Researchers at UBC and Children’s & Women’s Hospital seek the participation of 150 pregnant women who are less than 15 weeks pregnant, and who are planning to deliver at BC Women’s Hospital, St Paul’s Hospital or at home. For more information.

The Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research

Recruitment of participants for a one-month menstrual cycle study conducted by Dr. Jerrilyn Prior, Professor of Endocrinology at UBC is currently taking place. Click here to view additional information on taking part in the study.

Testosterone Activity & Sexual Response in Women – Call for Participants

UBC researchers are studying testosterone activity in women who do and do not currently experience sexual difficulties in order to better understand the role of hormones in women’s sexuality and other aspects of women’s health. Women aged 35-70 who do not smoke and who meet other basic requirements are eligible for participation in the study. Click for additional details and contact information.

Understanding Sexual Desire in Established Relationships

If you are a woman over 25 years of age, and in a committed relationship for over 5 years; concurrently residing with your partner; willing to help researchers at UBC gain    a better understanding of female sexual desire and arousal in established relationships contact Katherine at 604 875 4111 ext: 68901. The study involves two brief questionnaires (completely confidential) which will take approximately 20 minutes of your time and help researchers understand how to better treat women’s sexual difficulties.

The effects of pain neurophysiology and pain management education in a heterogenous sample of women with persistent pain

A study of the effects of pain neurophysiology and pain management education in women with persistent pain. This information will assist health care providers in understanding how to effectively educate people with persistent pain. Click for details.