External funding agencies that play a major​ role in supporting health research at UBC, and in Canada.

The Faculty of Medicine receives a significant amount of research funding from the agencies listed below. Please be sure to check the Agency-Specific Procedures section to see if the Faculty of Medicine has specific procedures and/or eligibility criteria​.


The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency.  CIHR’s mandate is to “excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system.”


The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) invests in people, discovery and innovation to increase Canada’s scientific and technological capabilities. NSERC supports postsecondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies, promotes discovery by funding research conducted by professors, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research and training.


The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences. SSHRC supports research and talent that are central to quality of life and innovation.

Multi-agency Research Collaboration

SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) are working to enhance the co-ordination of their programs, activities and policies. Applicants to any of SSHRC’s grant or scholarship funding opportunities may collaborate with researchers working in fields other than the social sciences and humanities. For more information, read about Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage.