Rural Research Opportunities Abound

If there’s a fifth season in British Columbia, one might be compelled to call it “Research” because, right now, there are several opportunities for rural health providers and patients to engage in research lectures, grants, or studies. At RCCbc, we know it’s critically important to create rural research—and for rural research to be conducted by rural researchers because they understand the rural context and ask the right questions. So, check out this list of funding opportunities and studies that are currently on the go in our province.

Research Grants & Awards

UBC Health’s “Health After 2020” Inaugural Lecture and Grant Opportunities (Up to $10,000)
As society responds to the broad effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, UBC Health is thinking differently about health, the systems that produce it, and health equity. Next month, it will launch “Health After 2020”, an initiative designed to support new interdisciplinary collaborations that may lead to new research programs and engagement with policymakers and communities through academic outputs, cross-campus conversations, and public lectures resulting from the new collaborations. UBC Health invites you to the launch of Health After 2020, which, in addition to an overview, will provide an inaugural public lecture, “Looking back and moving forward: Supporting health after 2020”, on Wednesday, July 14, from 12–1pm via Zoom. Register for the event on UBC Health’s website by noon on July 12.

Health After 2020 will offer funding of up to $10,000 for a UBC faculty member who is interested in starting or extending a collaborative relationship with a scholar or collaborator from outside UBC. Each accepted proposal will represent a cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary collaboration that will: Produce some form of academic output (e.g., white paper, journal article, popularized version of current knowledge on a topic, grant application); facilitate a more in-depth, inward-facing interaction with faculty and learners at both campuses of UBC; and deliver a public lecture (planned with and supported by UBC Health). The call for proposals for Health After 2020 funding will open to faculty members at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan in mid-July through UBC Health’s website.

CADDRA Indigenous Healthcare Award
An Indigenous Healthcare Award will be presented to three healthcare professionals to support their attendance at the 17th Annual Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Conference, which will be held virtually on October 2–3, 2021. Applicants must be working with a Canadian Indigenous population and be involved or interested in the field of ADHD. The application deadline is August 27, 2021. Nominate a healthcare professional here.

Sue Harris Family Practice Research Grant (Up to $2500)
The Sue Harris Family Practice Research Grant through the Women’s Health Research Institute at BC Women’s supports new family practice researchers to complete a pilot or research project in the domain of women’s (cis and trans inclusive) health. It is ideal for a novice family practice researcher, or​ first-year family practice resident who is beginning to plan the second year of their research project. The grant amount is up to $2,500 for family practice residents and $5,000 for a family practice practitioner. Mentoring through the Women’s Health Research Institute is available to assist in application. This research grant aligns with the Resident Scholar Program. The application deadline is August 25, 2021. Visit the grant webpage for more information.

Call for Research Participants

Doctors of BC seeks feedback on Digital Health Strategy: Your Perspective Matters
The use of digital technologies in healthcare settings has been increasing for some time, and these developments affect every doctor in the province. The area has only increased in importance in the wake of COVID-19, with its impact on virtual care. Doctors of BC wants ensure that the voices of doctors are heard when it comes to the Digital Health Strategy in our province. The unique perspectives of rural doctors are crucial in this discussion, so that advocacy around the provincial Digital Health Strategy, and Doctors of BC’s own Digital Health Strategy, mirrors the needs of physician members working in BC. Submit your input to Doctors of BC on this important topic no later than July 6 using their online member engagement platform. Doctors of BC members who register and participate in this online engagement will be entered in a draw to win a free iPad or Surface Pro.

Research Invitation for Adults 65+ Who Have Accessed Kamloops, Kelowna, or Salmon Arm Seniors Health and Wellness Centre
Researchers with the “Aging in Place in Rural and Remote Regions (APR3): A Multi-case Study of Health Care Repositioning” are seeking participants 65 years of age and up who live in a rural or remote community and have accessed the Kamloops, Kelowna, or Salmon Arm Seniors Health and Wellness Centres. Participants will be invited to conduct a structured interview (no more than one hour in total) by telephone or computer to examine how well the Seniors Health and Wellness Centres help older adults to age in place (stay in their own homes) in rural and remote communities. Researchers are particularly interested in hearing from older adults from diverse backgrounds. An honorarium ($25 gift card) will be provided to participants. To get involved in the study, participants should send an email to:, or call Robert Perryment, Research Assistant at 250-878-1279. More information is available from Dr. Wendy Hulko, Principal Investigator, at 250-377-6130, or