Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards

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 UBC Health's strategic priorities and have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and societies.

Call for Proposals

The call for proposals is open from February 15, 2023 to April 14, 2023.

Healthy Aging Stream

There are persistent health challenges and inequities that demand a collaborative approach. Complementing efforts throughout the university and health sectors, UBC Health seeks to connect diverse expertise and resources across disciplines to help advance education, research, and policy in pressing areas such as aging and chronic disease. In Canada, there are more seniors than there are children. And as the proportion of seniors continues to grow, we find ourselves confronting new health challenges centred on maintaining seniors’ health and independence and preventing and treating diseases associated with aging. In response to this challenge, UBC Health has partnered with the Edwin S.H. Leong Healthy Aging Program to support healthy aging research at UBC. In addition to the general, open call for HIFI, UBC Health invites applications that take an interdisciplinary approach to address health challenges related to aging.  

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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, you will be required to complete a proposal form, which will be available soon. 

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?

February 15, 2023 Call for proposals open
April 14, 2023 Deadline for proposal submissions
May 2023 Adjudication of proposals
June 2023 Applicants notified of decision
July 2023 Distribution of funds
September 30, 2024 Final reports due

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.

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?
Yes

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

If I apply to the focused funding stream, will I still be considered for the general stream?
Yes. All applications will be evaluated concurrently, with specific funds dedicated to the focused stream.

Is there a limit on the number of co-applicants?
No 

Are CVs or references required as supporting documents?
No 

Are institutional signatures required?
No 

Are applications required to be blinded for review?
No 

Whom can I contact if I have questions?
Veronica Grant, Project Coordinator, UBC Health at veronica.grant@ubc.ca

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