International Research

Below is a list of some of the many opportunities available to UBC researchers to pursue funding from sources outside the Canadian Tri-Council.  

United States Federal Government

Researchers at UBC are eligible to pursue many opportunities with unrestricted eligibility within the United States grant making agencies.  These include opportunities within the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Energy (DoE), among others. 

Specific opportunities will be listed in the News & Events section of the SPARC website home page.  To find grants, you can also visit grants.gov's search page, and filter for "unrestricted" eligibility.  

Association of Commonwealth Universities

Early Career Academic Grants are open to early career academics employed by ACU member universities to attend a conference held in a Commonwealth country other than their own. 

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The aims of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.  Projects funded at UBC have included

  • a randomized controlled trial focused on community level interventions for pre-eclampsia pregnancy
  • contraception and reproductive health service access
  • vaccine development for neonates

More information for grant seekers can be found here.  Opportunities will also be posted on the SPARC website's landing page in the News and Events section.  

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is a private US-based foundation focused on biomedical research.  The Fund sponsors awards for both postdoctoral fellows and faculty.  More information can be found here.  

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

CHAI’s primary program areas are:

  • Access programs
  • Applied analytics
  • Health financing
  • HIV/AIDS & TB
  • Human Resources for Health
  • Malaria
  • Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
  • Vaccines
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Moore Foundation supports research in the following areas:

  • Path-breaking scientific discovery
  • Environmental conservation
  • Patient care
  • The San Francisco Bay Area
Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation

Horizon 2020 is the European Commission’s program for research and innovation.  Research and innovation are declared priorities in the EU budget from 2014 to 2020.  Horizon 2020 is designed to address societal challenges through funding excellent science, technology and innovation. 

This guide offers an overview of the program's various opportunities.  

March of Dimes

March of Dimes funds research focused on the prevention birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.  It has two grant categories:  general March of Dimes Research Grants and Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards (BOC).  

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research focuses on two key areas:

  • Research exploring specific therapeutic approaches that could contribute to teh development of improved Parkinson's disease treatments
  • Research to develop tools and resources that will help accelerate the development of Parkinson's disease treatments
Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation

The Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation is focused on funding projects grounded in basic laboratory science and the education of scientists working on breakthroughs directed toward a cure for paralysis or the secondary medical conditions, and technologies associated with spinal cord injry or disease (SCI/D).  Projects should be designed to find better treatments and cures for paralysis, to support efforts to improve the quality of life of individuals with SCI/D until improved clinical treatments, technologies or cures are discovered, and to train post-doctoral fellow investigators adn encourage them to specialize in the area of spinal cord resaerch.  The Foundation's policies and procedures can be found here.  

Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute

The Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute’s stated priorities are:

  • Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options: Comparing the effectiveness and safety of alternative prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options to see which ones work best for different people with a particular health problem.
  • Improving Healthcare Systems: Comparing health system–level approaches to improving access, supporting patient self-care, innovative use of health information technology, coordinating care for complex conditions, and deploying workforce effectively.
  • Communication and Dissemination Research: Comparing approaches to providing comparative effectiveness research information, empowering people to ask for and use the information, and supporting shared decision making between patients and their providers.
  • Addressing Disparities: Identifying potential differences in prevention, diagnosis, or treatment effectiveness, or preferred clinical outcomes across patient populations and the healthcare required to achieve best outcomes in each population.
  • Accelerating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Methodological Research: Improving the nation’s capacity to conduct patient-centered outcomes research, by building data infrastructure, improving analytic methods, and training researchers, patients, and other stakeholders to participate in this research.
Savoy Foundation

The Savoy Foundation is a non-profit organization established by the Savoy family with the stated mission to raise funds to be used for the sole purpose of financing research into epilepsy. The Foundation works principally with Canadian researchers or to foreign nationals who conduct projects in Canada.  

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is an independent UK-based charitable organization.  Its funding schemes support individuals, teams, resources, seed ideas, places and major initiatives in these areas:

  • biomedical science
  • population health
  • product development and applied research
  • humanities and social science
  • public engagement and creative industries

The Trust has supported projects at UBC in the areas of genomics, neuroscience, fisheries and environmental health.  For more information on current opportunities, please check the Trust's Scheme Finder