Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2021 

Health is produced by a complex interplay of individual, social, political, and economic factors. Interdisciplinary and cross-faculty collaborations have the potential to lead to more innovative solutions to improve health and address health inequities. 

The Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards are intended to catalyze these collaborations by supporting cross-faculty and cross-campus research at UBC's Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. 

Awards of $10,000 to $25,000 will be granted to faculty members who are collaborating across faculties, disciplines, and campuses to develop new teams, pursue new ideas, or translate findings from innovative health-related research.

Funding projects should align with the strategic priorities of UBC Health and have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and/or society.  

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Eligibility Criteria

For an application to be considered, the proposed investment must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Led by a UBC faculty member; trainees and staff can be co-applicants; and
  2. Must include faculty members and/or trainees from at least two different UBC faculties. 

Applications that meet the above minimum requirements will then be evaluated based on the following differentiating criteria:

  • The extent to which the initiative sets out a compelling context, clearly identifying an existing or emerging issue or opportunity
  • The extent to which the deliverable relates to the context as described
  • The quality and potential impact of the deliverable
  • The extent to which the initiative represents true interdisciplinary and cross-faculty collaboration
  • The inclusion of trainees
  • Cross-campus collaboration
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion of both the team and the project is addressed
Application Process

If your proposal meets the criteria above, please download and complete the HIFI Awards Proposal Information Form.

Completed forms must be submitted by email to Veronica Grant, Project Coordinator at by end of day on October 31, 2021.‚Äč

Selection Process

The HIFI Review Committee will use the eligibility criteria listed above to recommend proposal selection and prioritization to the Associate Vice-President, Health, who will review the recommendations and make the final decision about the number of projects to be funded. 

Frequenty Asked Questions

What are the key dates?

August 16, 2021 Call for proposals open
October 31, 2021 Deadline for proposal submissions
December 2021 Applicants notified of decision
January 2022 Distribution of funds
March 31, 2023 Final reports due

Where do I find the application form?
HIFI Awards Proposal Information Form

Who judges the applications?
An interdisciplinary HIFI Review Committee will recommend proposal selection and prioritization to the Associate Vice-President, Health, who will review the recommendations and make the final decision about which proposals will be funded.

When will be funding recipients be announced? 
Funding recipients will be notified in December 2021. 

How long will the funding be available for?
Proposals must be completed within one year of receiving the funding. 

Can this funding be used in conjunction with other funding?

Can I submit multiple applications?
Yes, but we endeavour to distribute the funding widely and award funds to different collaborations. 

Is there a limit on the number of co-applicants?

Are CVs or references required as supporting documents?

Are institutional signatures required?

Are applications required to be blinded for review?

Whom can I contact if I have questions?
Veronica Grant, Project Coordinator,

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