Research Development Grant

The 2023-2024 Call for Applications is now closed. The 2024-2025 Call for Applications will open on October 1, 2024.


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

The Research Development Grant is generously funded by CIHR and our partner Michael Smith Health Research BC:


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.

*Eligible applicants must be First Nation, Métis chartered community, or registered non-profit or collective.

Duration and Value: One year; $15,000 (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.


  • To apply for this grant, you must be an Indigenous Community, Collective or Organization (ICCO) in British Columbia:
    • Indigenous Community refers to First Nations or Métis chartered organizations
    • Indigenous Collectives are organizations with 70% Indigenous members (whether they live on or off reserve, in rural or urban areas). Collectives are also known as ‘unincorporated associations’. To apply for BC NEIHR grants, the collective must have a name, a collective’s intentions and agreements document with at least 3 member’s signatures, and a bank account in the collective’s name (the BC NEIHR can provide guidance to obtain these if required).
    • Indigenous Registered non-profits are incorporated associations with a legal entity organized and operated for an Indigenous collective, public or social benefit. They have an Indigenous members board and a bank account.
  • 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

*Has your ICCO been awarded? Click here for the next steps!*


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
















Congratulations to our 2023-2024 BC NEIHR Research Development Grant ICCO Recipients:

  • Cayoose Creek Indian Band
  • Eagle Feather Literacy
  • The Call and Answer Collective
  • Tu’dese’cho Wholistic Indigenous Leadership Development (TWILD) Society
  • Kyah Wiget Education Society
  • Elk Valley Métis
  • Strawberry Medicine Society (Community Indigenous Birthing Sovereignty Collective)
  • Ekwí7tl Indigenous Doula Collective of Vancouver
  • South Okanagan Similkameen Metis Association (SOSMA)

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 BC NEIHR Research Development Grant ICCO Recipients:

  • Boundary Metis Community Association
  • Haida Heritage and Repatriation Society
  • Indigenous Yoga Collective
  • Situn – The people’s basket
  • Snaw-naw’as Pride
  • Snuneymuxw First Nation
  • Tsawout Holistic Wellness
  • Urban Native Youth Association

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

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