Funding Opportunities

Please visit this page on a regular basis for updates on grant and award competitions. If you have suggestions for funding opportunities that could be added here, please contact us, as this is not an exhaustive list. If you are an ICORD Principal Investigator or Trainee and would like any assistance with a grant or award application, please contact ICORD’s Research Facilitator.

Researcher Grants and Awards

VCHRI Innovation and Translational Research Awards 

The intent of this competition is to fund research that will bring new knowledge into practice and/or policy, take research outcomes to the implementation stage, or create commercial opportunities from pre-existing research outcomes. A grant development workshop will be held on 1 November 2016.
Application deadline: 16 January 2017

VCHRI Team Grants 

The purpose of these grants is to support VCH staff and clinicians to conduct applied health research, community based and/or patient oriented research projects to improve practice at VCH. VCH health care providers partner with experienced researchers who will mentor them through the entire research process, from proposal to project completion. A grant development workshop will be held on 15 November 2016.
Application deadline: 30 January 2017

MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator Program 

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Health Professional-Investigator Program is intended to help decrease the gap between health research and its implementation by supporting health professionals to conduct and apply research relevant to health and/or the health system.
Competition launch: week of November 1, 2016
Letter of intent deadline: December 2, 2016
UBC deadline: TBA
Full application deadline: February 3, 2017

Banting Research Foundation Discovery Award

The Banting Research Foundation and the Rick Hansen Institute have created a funding partnership to support research by early career investigators focused on areas relevant to spinal cord injury. The Discovery Award is a one-year grant of up to $25,000 that will support research which could potentially enable medical breakthroughs and transformative health care advances to reduce the human and economic costs associated with SCI. Eligible candidates must be focused on research in one or more of the following areas relevant to SCI: paralysis, pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections, neuropathic pain, predictive preclinical models of evaluation, and SCI in Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
Application deadline: March 15, 2017

CIHR Project Grant, Spring 2017 

The latest round of the CIHR Project Grant competition will be held this spring. The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. It supports projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint. Competition details will be available in the funding opportunity in the coming months. Within the overall competition budget, there will be a specific funding envelope to support new/early career investigators.
Registration deadline: May 30, 2017
Application deadline: June 13, 2017
UBC application deadline: February 3, 2017

ICORD Seed Grantspilot tag (ICORD applicants only)

ICORD Seed Grants are designed to provide seed funding for novel research projects by Principal Investigators and Investigators within ICORD.
Deadline: TBA

travel tagICORD Distinguished Visiting Scholar

The Distinguished Visiting Scholar program provides funding for established discovery scientists, clinical researchers, or clinicians to visit and work at ICORD.
Deadline: TBA

travel tagInternational exchange award for ICORD Investigators (ICORD applicants only)

This award provides support to ICORD PIs to pursue unique research opportunities around the globe.
Deadline: TBA

Trainee Grants and Awards

scholarship tagFaculty of Medicine Summer Student Research

The Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Program (FoM SSRP) provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to explore their interest in medical research by undertaking a project during the summer, under the supervision of a principal investigator who holds an appointment in the Faculty of Medicine.
Deadline: 4:00 PM on February 15, 2017

scholarship tagMitacs Accelerate Awards

Through Mitacs Accelerate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities apply their specialized expertise to business-related research challenges.
Deadline: OPEN CALL

scholarship tagMitacs Accelerate Awards

Through Mitacs Accelerate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities apply their specialized expertise to business-related research challenges.
Deadline: OPEN CALL

travel+research tagsMitacs Globalink Partnership Award

The Mitacs Globalink Partnership Award offers graduate students at Mitacs full and associate partner universities in Canada the opportunity to participate in a 16- to 24-week research project with an international industry partner located in any country except the United States.
Deadline: OPEN CALL

travel+research tagsMitacs Globalink Research Award

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides funding to support senior undergraduate and graduate student research projects in Brazil, mainland China, India, and Mexico.
Deadline: OPEN CALL

travel tagVisit ICORD on a Scholarship for International Trainees (VISIT)

The VISIT program assists trainees who wish to visit ICORD to work with our PIs.
Deadline: TBA

travel tagICORD Trainee Travel Award

This fund is designed to support travel costs to conferences, meetings, courses, or workshops for ICORD trainees.
Deadline: TBA

Granting Agencies


Brain Canada
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Heart & Stroke Foundation
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Rick Hansen Institute
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Vancouver Foundation
Weston Brain Institute


Craig H. Neilsen Foundation (NIH, Department of Defense, etc)
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation


International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia
International Progressive MS Alliance
Spinal Research
Wings for Life


Office of Research Services, University of British Columbia
Faculty of Medicine Funding Opportunities, University of British Columbia