Innovation Grants

Innovate in your area of research

The Innovation Grant competition is now closed. Results will be posted in June.

WCHRI is pleased to announce that the Innovation Grant competition is now open. This grant competition offers operating funds for research investigations that lead to improved health outcomes for women and/or children. All applications are peer-reviewed by one of the Biomedical Grant Advisory Committees or the Applied Health Grant Advisory Committee. Applications submitted to this grant competition may be either stand-alone projects or projects that provide preliminary data for future applications to provincial and/or national agencies. Funding of up to $50,000 is available for a two year period. 


The 2018 competition closed March 15, 2018. Results will be posted in June.


All applications to WCHRI must align with our relevance criteria in order to be eligible for funding.

To apply for this competition the Principal Investigator must:

  • be actively pursuing research related to the health and well-being of women and/or children.
  • hold a full-time academic appointment at the University of Alberta (those who do not meet this criteria may apply as co-investigator).
  • be an academic member of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI). 

Each Principal Investigator may submit a total of one application to the Innovation Grant competition. Principal Investigators currently holding Innovation Grant funding must evidence, at the time of application submission, that the spend-rate and research progress for the previous award is a minimum of 75% spent/complete before further eligibility will be considered. Additional considerations such as compliance with reporting requirements will also apply (see Reporting below). 

WCHRI membership is free — complete information may be found on our website.

Designated funding for cervical cancer research

WCHRI has received funding from the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation to support research related to cervical cancer. Up to two awards may be funded. The application process for these funds remains the same as for other applications.

Application information

Applicant Information Session

WCHRI hosted an application information session on February 2, 2018. Review the presentation slides.

For further information

Contact WCHRI grants administration at

WCHRI offers research support platforms that may be available to our members at preferred rates. For more information and to access any of our services, complete the research support request form.