Division of Gynecologic Oncology Research Awards

Registration Deadline: Extended to April 1, 2023
Application Deadline: April 11, 2023


We are pleased to launch another round of funding applications to support research on gynaecologic cancers. This year, the Carraresi, Sumiko Kobayashi Marks Memorial and Division of Gynaecologic Oncology Research Awards have been combined and launched as one competition. 

The suggested application budget for each grant is $20,000 and are one time only (i.e. non-renewable); application budget requests beyond $20,000 will be accepted but needs to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. These grants are designed to support early and mid-career researchers, provide critical review, with rapid turn-around and constructive feedback, and funding for proposals that may not be eligible to receive funding at the national level. Examples would be clinical projects without a basic science component, projects for which there is a hypothesis but no preliminary data, smaller circumscribed projects that are self-limited and cannot be expanded into a 3 year CIHR-type proposal, etc. Preference will be given to projects that have the potential to become larger externally funded projects, but funding is also intended to support those projects that will provide a definitive answer, without the potential to directly lead to larger follow-up studies. 

Funding Amount: The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $120,000, enough to fund approximately six (6) grants. Preference for the Sumiko Kobayashi Marks Memorial award will be given to proposals focused on the lower genital tract. 


This small grant is open to all OVCARE, Division of Gynaecologic Oncology, Provincial Gyne-Tumor Group and Gynecologic Cancer Initiative members. Preference will be given to new faculty members (<5 years from first appointment). Fellows (post-doctoral or clinical) or residents are also encouraged to apply, with an appropriate designated faculty mentor. Investigators who have peer-reviewed funding at the national level or manage core facilities will not be eligible to apply for these funds as primary applicant (they can be a designated mentor) as the goal of this grant competition is to expand the participation in research and support the research aspirations of all members of the gynaecologic cancer research community.

Conditions of Funding

Successful applicants will provide an update after 12 months of receiving the funding and at the end of the project. Funding recipients are asked to acknowledge the support provided by the Carraresi Foundation or Sumiko Kobayashi Marks Memorial Fund through the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, or the Division of Gynaecologic Oncology, in any communication or publication related to the project. Any funds left unspent after 2 years from the start of the grant are to be returned.

How to Apply

The application process for this funding opportunity is comprised of two steps: Registration and Full Application. The registration step will help identify reviewers with expertise for your application. 

Step 1- Registration

Submit registration on the GCI/OVCARE electronic portal by 11:59pm on March 15th, 2023  , and include the following:

1. Identify principal applicant

2. Provide 3-5 sentence summary of proposal

Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their registration on March 16th. 

Step 2- Full Application

Only those who registered are eligible to submit a full application. Full application must be submitted as a single PDF document to the GCI/OVCARE electronic portal by   11:59pm on April 11th, 2023, and include the following details:

1. Title of project

2. Principal applicant (title, affiliations, email, phone)

3. Co-applicants (title, affiliations, email, phone)

4. Lay title and summary (max. 250 words)

5. Research proposal. Must clearly outline the following: background, hypothesis, objectives/specific aims, preliminary data, methods, anticipated results and outcomes, and significance of the research. Four-page limit (including figures, tables, etc.). Additional one-page limit for reference bibliography. All documents must be in PDF. Use Times New Roman 12 point font. Spacing no more than six lines of type within a vertical inch. Page size no larger than 8.5 inches x 11.0 inches. Margins at least 0.5 inch in all directions.

6. Detailed budget. Salary support for applicant is not an eligible expense.

7. CVs. Principal and co-applicants; Canadian Common CV (CCV) or UBC format or NIH biosketch

8. Publications. A maximum of 2 publications from the past five years relevant to this proposal can be appended.

Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their full application on April 12th.

For questions about this funding opportunity, contact Michelle Woo (  miwoo@bccrc.ca).