Engage patients and the community with your research

The Patient and Community Engagement Training Program (PaCET) aims to build the capacity of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to conduct engaged research focused on women and/or children’s health. WCHRI facilitators and PaCET participants from a variety of disciplines form a “community of practice” to learn from one another as engaged researchers. The award is valued at up to $8,000 and may be held for eight months. This program is offered as a benefit of membership.


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

Eligibility criteria for the PaCET Program is as follows:

  • All applicants must be actively working on the proposed research.
  • Applicants must be physically attending the University of Alberta and participating in the proposed research activities as per University of Alberta guidelines and policies supporting graduate student and postdoctoral fellow engagement in research.
  • Applicants must be registered in a graduate studies program or employed as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta in a health-related discipline at the time of application.
  • The proposed project must be the applicant’s graduate or postdoctoral fellowship research project and directly relevant to women and/or children’s health
  • Projects must be supervised by a WCHRI academic member, with experience engaging non-academic stakeholders in research.
  • Applicants and supervisors, including co-supervisors, may have access to and submit a single application only.

All applications must be institutionally sponsored on behalf of the applicant and their supervisor. Changes to institutional support must be reported to WCHRI without delay. PaCET awards are tenable at the University of Alberta only. Funding is non-transferrable.

Patient and Community Engagement Training Program call for applications

Summary of changes

WCHRI has moved to an electronic application. In order to access the application and support program requirements, the following changes apply:

  • Submission of the WCHRI-CUP Patient and Community Engagement Training Program (PaCET) application access request form by the applicant is required.
  • WCHRI will generate in-training membership for all applicants based on applicant information provided in the WCHRI-CUP Patient and Community Engagement Training Program (PaCET) application access request form.
  • All new faculty members identified in the WCHRI-CUP Patient and Community Engagement Training Program (PaCET) application access request form as a supervisor (or co-supervisor) will be contacted directly upon submission of the form to complete WCHRI academic membership requirements.
  • Release of an application form link will be sent to the applicant (in one business day) when all application access requirements have been met.
  • Application form links are unique and specific to each applicant.
  • Letters of reference are confidential and will be solicited directly by WCHRI from the referee.
  • Institutional sponsorship will be solicited directly by WCHRI.

Program reference material

Application and deadlines

The application is a two-step process:

  1. Application access request form
    • The deadline for submission is April 16, 2021, at 4 p.m.
  2. Application form
    • Access will be provided based on the submission of the application access request form.
    • Letters of reference, solicited directly by WCHRI.
    • The deadline for submission is May 3, 2021, at 4 p.m.

Access the application form

Competition results

Please refer to the grants landing page for competition outcome timelines. 

Note that application feedback is not available for this program

For further information

All students are to refer to the program information (including guidelines) and then refer questions to their supervisor.

Supervisors that require program clarification are invited to contact WCHRI grants.