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Funding Opportunities

New funding opportunities and resources continue to be announced for research relating to COVID-19. We will post new opportunities we are made aware of below. Please also visit the ORS website for current funding opportunities.

If you are interested in applying for any COVID-19 funding opportunities, please contact Heather Frost in UBC's SPARC office for grant development support.

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Funding for Vaccine Confidence Activities

Canada's tri-council research funding agencies have announced a $2.25-million initiative to fund activities that support vaccine confidence in Canada. Researchers from all fields with expertise in combating vaccine-related misinformation may apply either individually through their institutions or in collaboration with science, social sciences, humanities, and/or health promotion organizations. Application deadline: April 5.


Operating Grant: Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps and Priorities Funding Opportunity

As the pandemic has evolved, so have the research needs of decision-makers. There are important research gaps in Canada’s response that have become evident; gaps that need to be addressed rapidly and in a sustained manner to respond effectively to the pandemic. In order to achieve its goals, the Government of Canada will launch several funding opportunities under the “Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps and Priorities” banner to address the identified research gaps in Canada. As priority gap areas are identified, additional funding opportunities will be launched. The purpose of this and upcoming funding opportunities is to provide rapid funding for projects which respond to identified gaps in COVID-19 research areas.

Funding will fall under 6 research areas with corresponding subtopics: Variants, Vaccines, Confidence in Science, Post COVID-19 Condition, Testing Models and Surveillance, Long Term Care

Letter of Intent deadline: March 15. Full application due April 15.


Joint vaccine research funding opportunity from MSFHR, Genome BC and BCCDC Foundation

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Genome BC and the BCCDC Foundation invite Expressions of Interest to rapidly address COVID-19 vaccine questions for British Columbians. With four vaccines approved to date, critical questions remain around the vaccines’ performance, access, and public perception that need evidence-based answers from BC researchers. BC researchers who are able to rapidly address knowledge gaps and urgently implement evidence are invited to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) that answer seven priority questions aligned with the work of the BC COVID-19 Strategic Advisory Committee (SRAC.

Expression of Interest due March 25.  Selected applicants invited to submit completed proposals by April 15.