Research Funding

WHRI Funding Opportunities

The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI), in partnership with the BC Women ‘s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation, is pleased to announce a Catalyst Grant competition for the advancement of knowledge in women’s health.

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  • Family Practice physician or resident
  • To support family practice research related to women’s health

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  • Family physician who is a new investigator and who has completed a research study and wishes to have it published in a peer reviewed journal


  • A past winner of the Sue Harris Family Practice Research Grant requesting funding to support the publication of findings from that project

The purpose of the Genomic Medicine Clinician Scientist Salary Award is to enable a promising early- to mid-career clinical geneticist to become an independent clinician scientist who leads a world-class genomic medicine research program at BC Women’s Hospital. The award is made possible through funds provided by the BC Women’s Health Foundation and will provide partial salary support at a level of $150,000 (+ benefits) per year for three years. 

This award was launched in 2018 and a single competition was held at that time. Further competitions for this award may be held in the future.

Research Grants Facilitation

Getting research funding for your project can make a big difference in developing your research, and ultimately improve women’s health. To do this, your proposal needs to be clear and competitive against other research. If you are not sure where to find research funding; have a research idea and want to get feedback on how to get it funded; or need help with revising your proposal, reach out to Eric Lussier (

  • Find the right funding opportunity (2-6 months before deadline)
  • Develop sound research questions (1-5 months before deadline)
  • Communicate research clearly (1-2 months before deadline)
  • Revise your proposal (0-2 months before deadline)

Biostatistical Support

Statistical consultation and analysis support is available to WHRI investigators, their research teams, and students. We have a full-time biostatistician who is able to assist investigators with all aspects of analysis planning, including:

  • Providing advice on appropriate analyses plans, effect size calculations, etc, during project planning
  • Conducting analyses once data collection is complete,, preparing graphs for presentations and publications, assisting with writing of results/analysis sections of manuscripts
  • Assisting with both investigator and student projects (i.e., mentorship for students to conduct their own analyses)
  • Providing support to both funded and unfunded projects

Letters of Support 

The WHRI is able to provide letters of support for specific projects to investigators and their teams for use in funding applications.

If you require a letter of support from the WHRI, please contact us well in advance of the grant deadline (e.g., 2 to 4 weeks) to allow sufficient time for processing. Also, please provide us with information on the project for which you are requesting support.

Requests for letters of support can be sent to Kathryn Dewar (