Rural research grants, leadership development bursaries launched: deadline for applications Jan 31

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) and the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) have launched new funding initiatives to support the development of rural researchers and rural leaders, respectively, in British Columbia.

The Rural Physician Research Support Project (RPRSP) – by RCCbc and supported by the JSC – is a new initiative which aims to empower rural physician researchers, or new aspiring researchers, to pursue innovative rural research and knowledge translation projects contributing to advancing rural health in British Columbia. Through this project, rural physician researchers will be able to apply for research grants of up to $10,000 per year to support research activities.

To be eligible, applicants must be a physician with experience practicing rural medicine and demonstrable extensive connections to rural communities. The research must be pertaining to advancing health in rural BC.

To apply for this opportunity, please download the application form and submit it to apeltonen@rccbc.ca. The deadline for the first round of submissions is January 31, 2018. Additional grant rounds are planned for May 2018 and November 2018, depending on demand and available funds.

REAP’s  Rural Leadership Development Project seeks to increase opportunities for rural physicians to pursue leadership training and develop the skills and abilities to help bring system improvements that will benefit BC’s rural populations. In addition to access to a formalized leadership program, participants will be offered a mentoring opportunity with a rural leader through UBC CPD’S Rural Physician Mentoring Program.

As well, during the course of the training participants will be encouraged to participate as a guest (when invited) in two meetings of groups providing leadership in rural BC (e.g. JSC, RCCbc, Doctors of BC’s Rural Issues Committee, etc.). Such shadowing opportunities have been seen as important in grounding leadership training in real-life contexts.

The Rural Leadership Development Project allows rural physicians to access bursaries of up to $15,000 per year to support their participation in leadership training. To be eligible, applicants must have been working in an RSA Community for at least nine months of the past year and have health authority and community support for the training. The next application deadline is January 31, 2018.

For more information about this bursary program, please visit the RCCbc website or contact Lisa Hetu at 604-827-4188 or reap@familymed.ubc.ca.