Seed Funding Competition

Providing growth and development opportunities to the next generation of investigators in palliative care.

Submissions for the 2024 competition are now closed.
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Our competition is designed to support early-career investigators and trainees who are faced with a highly competitive and challenging funding environment.

Applications for the 2024 competition closed on January 21st, 2024.

Funding pilot and synthesis projects across Canada.

We support pilot and synthesis projects that are typically not funded by traditional larger granting agencies but need to be completed to provide the necessary groundwork and results to facilitate larger studies and funding applications.

Pilot or synthesis projects can be described as:
• Small pilot/feasibility trials
• Scoping/systematic reviews
• Data standardization/harmonization initiatives
• Descriptive health administrative studies

Supporting equitable palliative care research.

We prioritize funding for high priority populations where gaps in palliative care research and service delivery exist. Primary priority will be given to projects that directly respond to palliative care research and practice gaps for at least one of the following priority populations:

• Sex/gender/LGBTQ2-Spirit+
• Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC)
• Indigenous peoples
• Immigrants
• Minority linguistic groups
• Homeless/vulnerably housed
• Pediatric patients

2023 Awardees

Last year we awarded four one-year-long grants of $20,000. Here are the abstracts from our winners.

Improving the Bereavement Experience Among People Who Are Experiencing Homelessness in BC

Dr. Joshua Black
BC Centre for Palliative Care

Our recent research at the BC Centre for Palliative Care shows that there aren’t enough grief supports available for people experiencing homelessness after someone they care about dies. Additionally, there has been very little research conducted to understand this type of grief among people living within the context of homelessness. It is not possible to improve care for this vulnerable population if their experiences are not understood. In this research study we will interview people with lived experiences of both grief (from a death of someone they cared about) and homelessness. Our goal is to better understand their experiences and learn their perspectives on how they can be best supported moving forward. The findings of these studies will inform new policy development and service improvement efforts aiming to enhance the availability and access to quality grief supports tailored to the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

Patients and Caregivers