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 Scholar Awards 

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Program allows early career researchers to establish an independent research career, build a leading research program, and expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field. UBC is offering grant development workshops for applicants. Please contact Simon, if you’d like more information
Letter of intent deadline: November 7, 2016
Department/Faculty deadline: Consult your department
UBC deadline: December 14, 2016
Full application deadline: December 16, 2016

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

Distinguished University Scholar Program 

The Distinguished University Scholar (DUS) program recognizes exceptional members of faculty who have distinguished themselves as scholars in research and/or teaching and learning, or who have the potential to demonstrate such leadership. The designation is conferred by the President on the recommendation of a review panel chaired by the VP Research. DUS awardees receive an annual salary stipend of $20,000 and a one-time research allowance of $20,000. The appointment is a five-year term, renewable once. Please note that Faculty of Medicine is planning to submit three applicants. It is holding a preliminary nomination process to choose those applicants. See guidelines below for more details.
UBC Faculty of Medicine nomination deadline: December 5, 2016 (FoM application guidelines)
UBC non-FoM nomination deadline: December 12, 2016 (non-FoM application guidelines)

Weston Brain Institute Transformational Research 2017 

The Weston Brain Institute will provide funding for preclinical translational research that will accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging (see Funding Overview for more information). Funding will be a maximum of $1,500,000 over up to 3 years. Researchers at or above the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent are eligible to apply as the Principal Applicant. Collaborators must be at the post-doctoral level or above. See the Program Overview for more details on how to apply.
Letter of Intent Deadline: December 12, 2016

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 tagKillam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize

Established in 2011, the Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prizes are awarded annually for excellence in research. Two prizes in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to full-time Postdoctoral Fellows at UBC in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions while at UBC. All fields of research are included.
Deadline: 10 November 2016 (Faculty of Medicine deadline)

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