Conference: 2017 Western Canadian Universities Big Data Health Conference (WCUC)


September 28, 2017, 20:00
to: September 29, 2017, 21:48
Team: Events, Training & News

Conference: 2017 Western Canadian Universities Big Data Health Conference (WCUC)

Team: Events, Training & News

September 28, 2017, 20:00
to: September 29, 2017, 21:48





DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 11:59 PM MDT Friday, August 18, 2017

The Western Canadian Universities Big Data Health Conference (WCUC) is a partnership between the universities of British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The primary goal of this event, taking place on September 28-29, 2017 in Banff, AB, is to foster collaboration between the Western Canadian medical schools.

To do this, seed funding has been gathered with the intention of encouraging up to four cross-jurisdiction collaborative research projects (one project per participating sponsor University). This seed funding is designed specifically to increase the competitive edge of medicine faculty: 

  • To pursue and submit future grant applications to tri-council or provincial funding agencies.
  • Create and engage multi-disciplinary teams from the collaborative partnership universities in Western Canada.

Below are additional details regarding this seed funding, including amount/s, eligibility, submission process, and expectations of the award.



Sponsor Universities: University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Manitoba. 

Total amount: Up to $20,000 per project grant

Project duration:  Funding can be spent up to 2 years

Number of Projects Funded: Up to a maximum of 4 (one project per university sponsor)

Strategic Research Priority (directly related to WCUC conference theme): “The Future of Precision Health and Big Data”

Research Sub-themes (directly related to the WCUC conference sub-themes):

Analytics and Machine Learning

Exchange of Information between Systems

Multi-source Data

Ethical/Legal/Regulatory Issues

Clinical Process Re-design

Novel Visualization



  • The submission requires a minimum of one Principal Investigator (PI) from a sponsor university (University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Manitoba only).
  • Co-PIs or investigators from at least two other partner sites (i.e. the teams are from at least three sites of the collaborating partner universities, including Saskatchewan).
  • The PI must be eligible to apply for tri-council funding based on the requirements defined by their respective medical schools (e.g., all University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine researchers with a current Academic Appointment are eligible to apply).



  • The applicant must submit a one-page summary of the proposed project following CIHR summary page requirements, including:
    • Project title and section headers (e.g., Background, Objective/s and Method)
    • Alignment of the proposed project with the WCUC Strategic Research Priority and Sub-Themes.
    • A brief description of budget and timeline to show how an investment of up to $20,000 for two years by the WCUC collaborating partner universities will enable the research team to submit a grant proposal to tri-council or provincial funding agencies.
  • Please provide an additional page/s that includes a regular CV for the PI, and provides a brief description of proposed team members
  • Please use Times New Roman font type, 12-point font size, and 1 inch margins.
  • Applicant/s must submit a proposal (Word or PDF documents will be accepted) to the conference committee by Friday, August 18, 2017 (11:59 PM MDT) through email:
  • All requests will be considered according to the justification provided. We particularly encourage applications from researchers who have submitted previously but were unsuccessful in the CIHR grant competitions in the last few funding cycles.
  • By submitting your proposal, you grant the Conference Committee permission to publish your name and proposal title in either printed or online materials.



One project per sponsored university will be selected (University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Manitoba).

The selections will be made by the deans and/or WCUC representatives of each partner university.

Selection will be determined by quality of content and the relevance of your submission.

Notice of acceptance will be made to the submitting PI by Friday, September 1, 2017.

Additional information (e.g., poster sizes, presentation format, etc.) will be sent to all seed funding winners on the notification date.



  • The successful applicant/s will be required to attend the WCUC conference on September 28-29, 2017 at the Banff Centre in Banff, AB. (They will be automatically registered for the event by the conference committee upon acceptance of the award.
  • Requirements during the WCUC event: 
    • Poster development to be displayed during the networking sessions on the evening reception on September 28th, and during the final lunch networking session on September 29th. (The PI must represent their poster during these sessions.)
    • Preparation and presentation of a short 10-15-minute research ‘pitch’, plus Q and A period during the morning session on September 29th
  • Requirements within two years of receiving the seed funding:
    • Development of a grant proposal for submission to tri-council or provincial funding agencies within two years of receiving the funding.
    • A short progress report (no more than half a page, bullet pointed) submitted within two years to the Dean of medicine of the awardee’s university.
    • If tri-council or provincial funding received: notification must be submitted to the awardee’s university.


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