Innovate in your area of research

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 either 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 pilot data for future applications to provincial and/or national agencies. Funding of up to $60,000 is available for a two-year period.


All applications to WCHRI must align with our relevance criteria in order to be eligible for funding. Eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • The principal investigator must hold a full-time academic or clinical faculty appointment at the University of Alberta.
  • The principal investigator must be a WCHRI academic member for not less than one year prior to application, except new recruits with an academic appointment of less than one year at time of application deadline. 
  • Each principal investigator may submit one application (maximum).
  • Principal investigators that currently hold program funding may re-apply to the WCHRI Innovation grant program no earlier than year two of their current grant funding. 

Program eligibility is established upon submission of the completed application access request and application forms.

Application and deadlines

The application is a two-step process:

    1. Application access form
      • Access to the application will be provided based on the submission of the application access request form.
      • The complete access request form must be submitted by the deadline.
      • The deadline for submission was April 21, 2023, at 4 p.m.
    2. Application form
      • The complete application form (including letter(s) of collaboration and co-investigator biosketch(es), as relevant) must be submitted by the deadline.
  • The deadline for submission was May 19, 2023, at 4 p.m.

A complete, current listing of all funding programs and deadlines is available on the WCHRI Research Grants page.

Program reference material

Competition results

The 2023 Innovation grant competition results are now available.

Applicants are notified of their outcome on July 21, 2023. Feedback is included with the outcome notification.

View past results on our competition results page.

For further information

WCHRI Academic members that require clarification are asked to refer to the program information (including guidelines) and then refer questions to WCHRI grants.