Ministry of Health Research Seed Grant Program

The Ministry of Health Research Seed Grant Program provides funding to universities in BC to produce research that responds to pertinent health-related questions identified by the ministry.

Call for Proposals

In partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Faculty of Medicine and UBC Health are offering researchers up to $50,000 to carry out a research project that responds to a Ministry of Health research question. 

The ministry has prioritized the following research questions:

  • How have environmental hazards like heat domes, wildfires, and floods impacted the use of health services in BC? How can administrative healthcare data be used for planning or early warning systems to minimize these impacts?
  • Through a learning cycle approach, what are the perceptions of healthcare providers and patients on pharmacists’ scope of practice in primary care settings?
  • What was the experience of community pharmacists in providing the dispensing and related clinical services for nirmatrelvir/ritonavir (Paxlovid)?
  • What are the needs of the perinatal population facing systemic health inequities in BC, and what programs are currently addressing the needs? What are the gaps in these programs, and how do the programs and their assessment processes differ across the BC health authorities?
  • How can public health system monitoring and evaluation contribute to reduced inequities in service delivery? Which strategies and mechanisms are most effective in eliciting feedback from communities accessing public health services?
  • How can a quality improvement-based approach enhance the reach and delivery of priority clinical prevention services in primary care?

Researchers interested in submitting an application are asked to complete a Notice of Intent by December 9, 2022 at 12:00 pm. 

Shortlisted project leads will be invited to consult with the Ministry of Health in January 2023 about their research question and proposed project. Final applications must be submitted by February 10, 2023. 

See below for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Shelly Au, Senior Manager, Research Programs and Services, Faculty of Medicine at shelly.au@ubc.ca.

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Program Goals
  1. Generate new research that responds to the Ministry of Health’s current needs.
  2. Produce research proposals that are informed by policymakers.
  3. Build a knowledge transfer pathway from researchers to the ministry.
  4. Build relationships between ministry staff and researchers and between BC’s research universities and the ministry.
  5. Increase transparency of how the ministry uses research and evidence.
  6. Increase exposure and understanding of research and the research process across ministry staff.
Benefits
  • Ministry program areas gain evidence to address their research questions.
  • New relationships between researchers and the ministry.
  • Researchers gain understanding of ministry research needs, and ministry staff gain understanding of academic research environment.
  • Researchers can access funding and support for existing or new research projects that are in alignment with ministry interests.
  • Researchers can launch research that can then be leveraged to support larger funding applications and projects.
Opportunity

Participating researchers will have the opportunity to:

  • receive up to $50,000 from their institution to carry out a research project that responds to a Ministry of Health research question;
  • work directly with ministry staff to learn more about their specific research interests and how resulting evidence will be used; and
  • share research directly with end-users in the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions.
Commitment

Participating researchers will:

  • meet with ministry staff a minimum of three times during the research process (from proposal planning to final report); and
  • upon completion of the research project, provide the Ministry of Health with a final research report.
Eligibility Criteria

For a Notice of Intent to be considered, the lead applicant must be a UBC academic faculty member. Other faculty types, as well as trainees and staff, can be co-applicants.

Notices of Intent that meet the above minimum requirement will then be evaluated based on the proposed project’s alignment and responsiveness to the Ministry of Health research questions.

Adjudication criteria for the full proposals will be made available after the Notice of Intent stage of the competition.

Timeline
Date Activity
December 9, 2022 Notice of Intent submission deadline
January 3-20, 2023 Shortlisted project leads/teams consult with the Ministry of Health regarding research question and proposed project
February 10, 2023 Application deadline
March 2023 Notification of competition results
April 1, 2023 Research projects begin