The Division of Gynaecologic Oncology is pleased to launch a round of funding applications to support research on gynecologic cancers. These grants are for up to $20,000, are one time only (i.e. non-renewable), and are designed to provide critical review, with rapid turn-around and constructive feedback, and funding for proposals that would not be eligible to receive funding at the national level. Up to $40,000 of funding is available for this competition. 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. Engagement/collaboration of junior faculty is strongly encouraged. The Gynaecologic Research Awards may be offered in future years depending on funding.

This grant is open to all faculty members in the Division of Gynaecologic Oncology. Fellows (post-doctoral or clinical) or residents are encouraged to apply, with an appropriate designated faculty mentor. Mentors can be a Divisional Member of Gynaecologic Oncology or a member of the BC Provincial Tumour Group. Members of the Division 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 within the Division and support the research aspirations of all members of the Division.

Conditions of funding
Successful applicants will provide an update to the Division Head Gynaecologic Oncology after 6 months of receiving the funding and at the end of the project, including budget breakdown of costs/monies used. Funding recipients are asked to acknowledge the support provided by the Division, 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 to the Division.

Application Process
You should submit a scientific proposal and include the following details:

  1. Title of project
  2. Principal applicant (title, affiliations, email, phone)
  3. Co-applicants (title, affiliations, email, phone)
  4. CV: Canadian Common CV (CCV) or UBC Format
  5. Lay title and summary (max. 250 words)
  6. 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.
  7. Detailed budget. Salary support for applicant is not an eligible expense.
  8. Publications. A maximum of 2 publications from the past five years relevant to this proposal can be appended.

All applications should be routed through the Office of Research Services i.e., applicants must complete a Research Project Information Form and forward their application package to the ORS portfolio which they fall under.

The deadline for submission is December 4, 2020 5 pm PST.

Please submit application materials electronically to Lisa Andres lisa.andres@vch.ca. For questions about this funding opportunity, contact Dr Janice Kwon, Associate Head of Research.

The selection panel will be chaired by the Associate Head of Research for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Applicants will be contacted by January 29, 2021 regarding the outcome of their application.