Deadline is Oct 31 for leadership, rural research, global health partnership grant applications

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) and the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) are accepting applications for funds to support rural physician research, global health partnership initiatives, and rural leadership development. Details for each initiative are listed below – please read through the material carefully and submit ALL completed documentation with your application by Thusday, October 31, 2019.

We strongly recommend that applicants approach their supporters as early as possible to secure completed documentation by the October 31 deadline.

Rural Physician Leadership Bursaries

The purpose of the Rural Leadership Development Project is 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 Rural 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. Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues, Rural Coordination Centre of BC Core, Doctor of BC’s Rural Issues Committee etc.).

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 October 31, 2019.

For more information, please visit the RCCbc website or contact Hillary Kovach at the Rural Education Action Plan at 604-827-1504 or reapphysicians@familymed.ubc.ca

Rural Physician Research Grants

The Rural Physician Research Support Project 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 BC. 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 health in rural BC.

To apply for this opportunity, please download the application forms from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC website and submit it to apeltonen@rccbc.ca. The deadline for the next round of submissions is October 31, 2019.

The Rural Physician Research Support Project is run by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC and supported by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC). For more information about this opportunity contact Adrienne Peltonen at apeltonen@rccbc.ca. Visit rccbc.ca for more information about the Rural Coordination Centre of BC.

Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative

The Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative (RGHPI) is a new program providing funding to support partnerships between rural BC physicians or medical trainees committed to rural service, and lower resource communities in BC, Canada, and in developing countries. The goals of this initiative are to enhance capacity for generalism in rural BC; to foster reciprocal learning in diverse health systems and community contexts; and to demonstrate how global health (local and international) community partnerships can heighten awareness, create innovative solutions to address healthcare challenges, and lead to improved health outcomes, especially for underserved, marginalized, and indigenous populations.

Through this initiative, rural BC physicians and medical trainees (residents and medical students) with a demonstrated interest in rural medicine and global health can apply for funding to support global health partnership projects. Applicants may apply for grant categories up to $5000 and $10,000. To apply for this opportunity, please download the application forms and submit them to apeltonen@rccbc.ca. The application deadline is October 31, 2019.

The Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative is run by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC and supported by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC). For more information contact Adrienne Peltonen at apeltonen@rccbc.ca.