Women’s Health Research Institute Catalyst Grants

  • Award amount: $25,000
  • Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: September 6, 2023 11pm PDT
  • Application Deadline: October 10, 2023 11pm PDT
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: November 30, 2023
  • Funding Start Date: December 1, 2023

The Women’s Health Research Institute, in partnership with the BC Women’s Health Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2023 Catalyst Grant competition for the advancement of knowledge in women’s and/or newborn’s health. A total of seven grants will be awarded at $25,000 each. These pilot grants are an open competition with respect to funding a project in women’s and/or newborn’s health. However, one of the seven grants will be dedicated to the support of a biomedical health research project involving investigations in female animals. Awards are open to BC researchers at a university or research hospital setting, but candidates must be a member of the WHRI and have not been a successful Principal Applicant in the previous three years of Catalyst Competitions. Eligible researchers include, academic researchers, clinician scientists and research associates. Note that research associates are only eligible to apply as Principal Applicants if they have written approval from both the Department Head and the Dean where they work. 

New emerging teams, dedicated to women’s and/or newborn’s health, and investigators new to studying women’s and newborn’s health are encouraged to apply. As these funds are considered Catalyst Grants, the expectation is that these awards will provide pilot data to be used for future funding from provincial or federal sources. However, these funds cannot be used to subsidize an already-funded project.

Submission Instructions

The application process for this funding opportunity consists of a letter of intent and full application. Applications that fail to submit a letter of intent by the deadline will not be eligible for funding.

The LOI is due on September 6, 2023 at 11PM PDT. It must be submitted using the following link: https://rc.bcchr.ca/redcap/surveys/?s=J9L3FLETFTYP4LTH

*Please note you will not be able to save the LOI once it has been started so ensure you can complete the LOI in a single sitting.*

After September 16, 2022, an email invitation to submit a full application will be sent to each Principal Applicant who meets the eligibility criteria, which will allow them to upload and submit the full application in pdf format.

Questions about the WHRI Catalyst Grant competition or the application process can be sent to Kathryn Dewar (KDewar@cw.bc.ca)