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.

2022 Fall Call for Proposals

The call for proposals is closed. 

Health Equity Funding Stream

Health can be measured in many ways, for example, based on the presence or absence of disease, or through more qualitative understanding of personal or community assets and capabilities. Threats to health and inequities in health can be addressed through: thoughtful public policy; supportive environments that encourage community action and individual skills; and strong healthcare systems that include prevention.  

In addition to the general, open call for HIFI, UBC Health is inviting applications that focus on initiatives which promote diversity and inclusion and have the potential to impact health equity across individuals, communities, and societies. 

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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, download and complete a HIFI Proposal Form. Completed forms must be submitted by email to Veronica Grant, Project Coordinator, UBC Health at by October 14, 2022.

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 15, 2022 Call for proposals open
October 14, 2022 Deadline for proposal submissions
December 2022 Applicants notified of decision
January 2023 Distribution of funds
March 31, 2024 Final reports due

Where do I find the application form?
Download the HIFI Proposal 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.

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. 

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?

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, UBC Health at

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