The BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) is committed to providing BC’s health research community with the best possible provincial resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond.
To help meet this commitment, we’ve created this page, which will help you navigate our unified response from the research community during COVID-19.
Together with the BC Ministry of Health, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, BC Centre for Disease Control and additional partners, we’re working to ensure that researchers/research teams based in BC are offered diverse resources and supports so that our research impacts are recognized within BC, nationally and internationally.
Resources for You
As a rapid response to the fast-changing situation, we offer stakeholders services that include:
This resource page is a core component of the provincial research response to COVID-19 and has been initiated with encouragement from the BC Ministry of Health, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, BC Centre for Disease Control, and other stakeholder agencies and groups. Content will continue to be updated regularly in this rapidly-changing situation.
- For more information about any of the resources above, please email us.
- NEW: Visit the REACH BC platform to join, find or recruit for COVID-19 research opportunities.
- See PopData BC’s Support for COVID-19 Research Page, Health Data Research Network Canada’s COVID-19 Response Page, and UBC’s COVID-19 Research Page.
- Clinical Resources: Find COVID-19 clinical resources at the BC Emergency Medicine Network’s page.
- National Registry: Physicians within BC and across Canada are collaborating to create a registry of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases to facilitate rapid research and response. Contact Corinne Hohl and/or Jeffrey Hau for further information.
- If you have questions about your grants and research projects, please see our dedicated page.
Current funding opportunities available to BC researchers to support health research focused on COVID-19 are listed below:
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is offering a rapid response grant, called the COVID-19 Decision Modelling Grant, which will award 6-10 grants of up to $50,000 each to projects catalyzing innovation in COVID-19 response decision models for rapid uptake and impact. Applications will be accepted from May 18, 2020 to June 30, 2020.
The Government of Canada (through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council [SSHRC]) is offering Partnership Engagements COVID-19 Special Engagement grants. SSHRC is committed to investing up to $1.5 million over the next two competitions to support COVID-19 related projects, at a maximum amount of $25,000 per project for one year. Application deadlines are June 15 and September 15, 2020.
Genome BC has launched a COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding Initiative. The allowable project budget range is up to $250,000 – rolling intake began on March 30, 2020.
National Research Council Canada has the following COVID-19 funding opportunities:
- The COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program: NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program and Innovative Solutions Canada
- The Pandemic Response Challenge Program: National Research Council of Canada
- Biomanufacturing capacity at Royalmount: NRC Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre
Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster is seeking project ideas from researchers currently engaged in COVID-19-related research for the Supercluster’s next cycle of funding.
NSERC Alliance is offering COVID-19 grants of up to $50,000 for one-year projects to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. The grants are available immediately. Apply before June 1, 2020.
The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) has launched a call for applications to fund new working groups to produce rapid publications in relation to COVID-19. Successful applicants will receive up to $10,000 per project. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.