Federal funding available for vaccine confidence initiatives


A number of federal departments have recently launched funding opportunities for vaccine confidence-focused initiatives in Canada. These opportunities will support a broad range of research, communications and interventions initiatives, and may be of interest to you and your organization. These funding opportunities complement funding available through the Immunization Partnership Fund, which recently closed its call for letters of intent.

The newly launched funding opportunities include:


Vaccine Community Innovation Challenge (VCIC) – Public Health Agency of Canada


Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps and Priorities Funding Opportunity (Operating grant) – Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

  • Brief description: CIHR is funding research on a number of priority sub-topics, including on the “drivers of vaccine hesitancy and approaches to improve vaccine confidence”. The funding is meant to (i) accelerate the availability and use of high-quality evidence and/or solutions to support Canada’s pandemic response; and (ii) generate evidence related to diverse populations.
  • Deadline: March 15, 2021 (letter of intent); April 15, 2021 (full application)
  • Additional details: http://bit.ly/30MYtTS

Encouraging Vaccine Confidence in Canada PromoScience Grants – Jointly administered by CIHR, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

  • Brief description: These grants (up to $50,000 over one year) will support organizations with strong track records of science and/or health promotion to deliver evidence-based, vaccine-promoting information to key communities and groups and/or to build capacity in the community to promote confidence in vaccines.
  • Application deadline: April 5, 2021
  • Additional details: https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Promoter-Promotion/VaccineConfidence_eng.asp