Research Development Grant

The 2022-2023 Call for Applications is closed. The next Call for Applications is October 1st, 2023.


Watch our 1-minute video to learn more about this funding opportunity: click here


Definition of ICCO for the purposes of BC NEIHR funding:

ICCO (Indigenous* community, collective or organization) is defined by the BC NEIHR as any First Nation, Métis community, Aboriginal Friendship Centre, or independent First Nation, Métis or Inuit organization or collective (e.g., Indigenous food sovereignty group or Doula collective). A program or team hosted and/or funded by a non-Indigenous institution, such as a health authority or university, is ineligible to apply for this grant. While the ICCO may be in partnership (e.g., with an academic), the spirit behind the BC NEIHR ICCO funding calls is to support ICCOs that would like to be in full control of the their research funds (i.e., hold and distribute). It is expected that the Principal Applicant on the ICCO funding application will be a member or part of the ICCO in some way. Please reach out to the Network Coordinator ( for any clarification about eligibility or to connect with one of our Indigenous Health Research Facilitators (IHRFs) who are there to support ICCOs in applying for our funding.

*For the purposes of our funding, the BC NEIHR defines Indigenous as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

Duration and Value: One year; $10,000 (non-renewable)

Objective: Each year, the BC NEIHR offers eight (8) Research Development Grants to Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) communities, collectives and organizations (ICCOs) for community outreach, relationship building and research development activities, including but not limited to: health research priority setting, health research partnership development, health research application development, and submission of ICCO/researcher applications to CIHR competitions or other funding agencies.

Description: Funds can be used to cover costs associated with the following types of activities: Research-Development Assistant (RDA) stipends, venue rental, travel, cash reimbursements (in a method acceptable to the individual or community being reimbursed) to honour Elders/Knowledge Holders and community participants, as well as culturally relevant promotional and gifting items (e.g., cedar, blankets, food) and feasting.

Each year, recipients will be invited to a Learning and Sharing Circle (along with other funded Indigenous communities, collectives and organizations as well as Indigenous students), where they can share their work and network with Indigenous students.


  • An Indigenous community, collective or organization (ICCO) in British Columbia; and
  • A person over the age of 19, designated by an ICCO to be the Principal Applicant.

Application Materials:

For resource and assistance with Proposal Writing: Grant Proposal Writing Guide

For more information or assistance in completing an application, please reach out to the Network Coordinator

Research Development Grant Application Worksheet: Click here

Nano-Tutorials (short video series) on How to Apply
















Congratulations to our 2021-2022 BC NEIHR Research Development Grant ICCO Recipients:

  • Binche Whut’en First Nation
  • Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society
  • Smokehouse Foundation
  • Victoria Native Friendship Centre
  • First Nations Health Programs
  • Ahousaht First Nation-Uut Uustukyuu Society
  • CAAN- Communities, Alliances & Networks
  • Snuneymuxw First Nation
  • Carrier Sekani Family Services




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