Team Building Awards

Deadline for the 2020-21 Team Building Awards: Ongoing basis

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for researchers to apply for up to $2500 in funding to support the development of a research team in the time of a pandemic constraint. Although priority will be given to projects with a focus on engaging community response to COVID-19 and/ or climate change issues in rural settings, we will review proposals if it has a potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the field of rural health and, any anticipated outcomes.

Goal: To promote and support the development of new multidisciplinary research teams focused on an issue of current importance to rural and remote health services and whose main goal is to apply for research funding.

Use of Funds: Funds can be used for activities, resources and expenses related to building research teams and identifying research themes and questions. We are open to new innovative strategies for virtual team building that aides in scholarly output. Eligible expenses include (but are not limited to): activities involved with recruiting team members; facilitation of group meetings (face-to-face, videoconference, teleconference, WebEx); conducting a preliminary literature review; resources required to apply for a grant; team-building exercises; etc.)

Conditions: The team building funding is allocated for a one-year period after which a final report must be submitted to RHSRNbc within 2 weeks. Final report templates will be distributed to award recipients; deliverables include a complete financial statement of team building activities, progress report during the award period and proof that a funding application was submitted.

Application Form: Click Here

For more information and eligibility requirements, please contact the RHSRNbc Coordinator

Measuring Impact of a Healthcare Travelling Roadshow

Hanlon & Maurice Team 2018-19 Team Award Recipients

On 9 November 2018, a Rural Health Services Research Network of BC funded team meeting brought together researchers and key stakeholders to discuss measuring the long-term impact of the Healthcare Travelling Roadshow (HCTRS). The aims of the meeting were (1) to discuss the potential for collaborative research on the long-term impact of the HCTRS, and (2) to formulate a work plan for a grant application to support further study on the impact of the HCTRS. This team meeting concluded that: 1) the Roadshow is an excellent and complex intervention that warrants study; 2) long term study is difficult – surrogate markers of success are necessary; 3) there is a relative paucity of related literature, creating both a challenge and an opportunity; 4) we should move towards developing a Design-Based Research (DBR) Research Proposal in collaboration with colleagues from UBC’s Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) as a means of developing and modifying our theoretical approach to an intervention which is ongoing, and 5) pilot research should gather baseline data to inform and support the subsequent study. Following the meeting, co-investigators were recruited from the Island Medical Program and Interior Medical Program, and an application was submitted to the CHES Distributed Medical Education competition to help fund further baseline data gathering. The application was successful, and we will be conducting a survey of youth in rural settings across the province in 2019/20.