The Clinical & Translational Research Seed Grant has been developed to support clinical and translational research projects taking place on the Oak Street Campus by promoting research collaborations between postdoctoral fellows and clinical trainees, physicians, or other health professionals.

The intent of this award is to support well-defined research projects that may not otherwise receive funding, foster new areas of research, enhance research partnerships, and build leadership capacity for both research and clinical trainees.

Eligibility Criteria

Each Clinical & Translational Research Seed Grant application must include:

  1. One postdoctoral fellow (or research associate if they have completed a PhD within 6 years of the application deadline) and
  2. One clinical resident, fellow, new physician/investigator, or other health professional based at either BC Children's Hospital or BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre.

NEW FOR 2022 - 

  • To be eligible to receive funding, the application must demonstrate the research area has direct relevance to improving the health of children (individuals 0-18 years of age) and their families. For more information on eligibility, refer to 'Appendix #2: Project Relevance' in the guidelines. 
  • Each research team (postdoctoral fellow supervisor) may support only ONE postdoctoral fellow for a Clinical & Translational Research Seed Grant. 
  • Postdoctoral fellows who previously receive a Clinical & Translational Research Seed Grant are ineligible to re-apply. If funding is not received, the postdoctoral fellow and clinical partner are eligible to re-submit the same application for a future deadline date if they continue to meet application eligibility. 
  • If funding is received, the clinical partner is eligible to re-apply but the project and postdoctoral fellow partner must differ from the originally funded project.
Looking for a research collaborator? 

Currently seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability of childhood. For children with CP, early detection is critical to access diagnosis-specific and evidence-based early interventions. In Canada, we are diagnosing children with CP later (18.9 months) than the recommended age of < 12 months. Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) exist to detect CP as early as 5 months of age, and recommend the use of Baby Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) as soon as  hemiplegic CP (HCP) is suspected to support early intervention which optimizes neuroplasticity and functional outcomes. Our project aims to support clinicians to detect CP as soon as possible, and quickly connect children to evidence-informed early interventions. Applying Graham's Knowledge-to-Action Framework, we aim to support and sustain change in clinical practice that facilitates early detection, referral and intervention for healthcare professionals across Canada. The early intervention identified for the project is Baby Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (Baby-CIMT), a motor-based practice that has been shown to improve arm and hand function for infants with, or at risk for CP. Sunny Hill Health Centre at BC Children's Hospital will be the BC partner for this multisite project lead by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. An occupational therapist at Sunny Hill Health Centre will be receiving specific training related to Baby CIMT, and leading and supporting community therapists in implementing early intervention programming in the community for specific eligible families. 

We are currently seeking post-doctoral fellows who are interested in joining us to expand this initiative. Background and training in occupational therapy is an asset but not required. 

Please contact Dr. Mor Cohen-Eilig, Developmental Pediatrician mor.coheneilig@cw.bc.ca  

 

Application Form

To apply download the Clinical & Translational Research Seed Grants Guidelines & Application Form

The application deadline is Friday, October 7, 2022. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Further queries regarding this grant can be forwarded to resinfo@bcchr.ca

All award application forms are formatted as fillable Adobe PDF's that can be saved. The application package will download as a Zip file. After clicking the link to download the application, the browser window should ask to Open or Save the file from bcchr.ca

Application Q&A

Can I submit an application for a project focused on healthy pregnancy?
Yes as long as you can demonstrate in your application how the project has direct relevance to improving the health of children. For more information on project relevance, refer to 'Appendix #2: Project Relevance' in the guidelines. 

What can you do to help me find a research collaborator?
Contact resinfo@bcchr.ca with your proposed project details we can advertise via. email and online that you are looking for a research collaborator. 

Why can't I get the application to download?
Is your default set to show PDF files with Preview or an Internet Browser window? You will get an error message that reads 'Please wait...if this message is not eventually replaced by the proper contents of your document, your PDF viewer may not be able to display this type of document.' To avoid this, open Adobe Acrobat on your desktop, select File > Open to access the application. 

Can the post-doctoral fellow and clinical partner have the same supervisor?
Yes, both the postdoctoral fellow and clinical partner may share the same supervisor. Please note that funding priority will be given to projects with newly established partnerships exploring novel ideas requiring multi-disciplinary expertise.

Do I need to be a post doctoral fellow by the application deadline or award start date?
The postdoctoral fellow must be registered as a postdoctoral fellow by the application deadline date. If a research associate applies in place of a postdoctoral fellow, they must have completed a PhD within 6 years of the application deadline date.

Can I use a Letter of Support from someone other than a Supervisor or Department Head?
Yes, we are happy to accept Letter of Support from others such as a Resident Program Director, Division Head ect.

Am I able to collaborate with a partner who has just one year left at BCCH?
We do not have any restrictions on the amount of time a partner must have left but we strongly recommend that it is outlined in your application how the project will transition after the partner is done so that there is a clear transition in place.


For more information on the application process, please contact resinfo@bcchr.ca.