Stimulus Grants Initiative


The UBC Department of Psychiatry, in partnership with the UBC Institute of Mental Health (UBC IMH) and BC Children’s Hospital, have launched the Stimulus Grant Initiative, which aims to increase research capacity and support for clinicians at any stage and for junior academics who wish to undertake:

(a) Small, self-contained studies without other funding

(b) Pilot studies towards the pursuit of more comprehensive initiatives and/or grant applications

The Stimulus Grant Initiative comprises three streams: the Stimulus-Clinician Grant, the Stimulus-Junior Academic Grant, and the Stimulus-Child & Youth Mental Health Grant.

Applications to each stream will be assessed separately based on criteria that embrace equity, diversity and inclusion in addition to scientific merit. The Stimulus-Child & Youth Mental Health Grant is sponsored by the BC Children’s Hospital Chair in Pediatric Mental Health, and proposed projects should focus on topics relevant for child and youth mental health.


Dr. Sophia Frangou will be hosting a Zoom Information Session on WEDNESDAY AUGUST 10 at 11:00am for anyone interested in learning more about the Stimulus Grants, your eligibility to apply, and other important considerations.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 485 566 3023

Meeting Passcode: 759801



Stimulus-Clinician Grant

The principal applicant(s):

  • Must have a clinical, non-academic position
  • Can be at any career stage
  • Can be residents in the main track

Stimulus-Junior Academic Grant

The principal applicant(s):

  • Can be Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Associates/Scientists, Assistant Professors (academic or partner track) or Research-Track Residents

Stimulus-Child & Youth Mental Health Grant

The principal applicant(s):

  • Can have a clinical, non-academic position at any career stage including residents in the main or research track
  • Can be Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Associates/Scientists, Assistant Professors (academic or partner track)
  • At least one principal applicant must be connected to the BC Children’s Hospital Healthy Minds Centre



    • All applicants must be members of the UBC Department of Psychiatry
    • Applicants must confirm that no other funding is available or pending for the proposed project at the time of submission; the Stimulus grants cannot be used to supplement existing funding
    • All applications must name at least one senior member of the academic faculty (Professor or Associate Professor) as a co-applicant
    • Each application can have up to 2 principal applicants; there are no restrictions to the number of co-applicants or collaborators
    • Maximum duration of each proposed project is 24 months
    • Maximum amount requested per project is $20,000
    • The same application package can only be submitted to one Stream only



Each Application Package must include:

Please submit your application package as a single PDF document to Margaret Koshi at Should you have any specific questions about the Stimulus Grants, please direct them to Dr. Sophia Frangou at



October 1, 2022, 5:00pm PST



    • Equipment expenses (e.g., computers) and software licenses are not eligible unless they are essential for conducting the proposed research project
    • Travel expenses for applicants and collaborators are not eligible except for travel necessary for the conduct of the research project
    • Expenses associated with scientific conferences are not eligible
    • Expenses associated with training courses are eligible only if the training is necessary for the conduct of the project
    • Expenses pertaining to payment/reimbursement of participants in the proposed study are eligible
    • Costs for animal care/procurement are eligible only if directly relevant to the project
    • Open access publication for peer-reviewed papers arising from the proposed study are eligible