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Participatory Action Research Grants

Status: Grants have been awarded.

Participatory Action Research Grants: Overview

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Participatory Action Research Grants support research that is co-led by community members and researchers to learn more about the root causes of pressing issues impacting the health of communities.

How do they work? Participatory Action Research Grants support a collaborative approach to research that involves stakeholders – those whose lives are affected by the issue being studied – and researchers in all phases of the research process. The research projects we consider for funding must investigate the root causes of a complex health issue, and must be a collaboration between community organizations and institutions with access to an ethics board, such as universities.

Participatory Action Research Grants fund projects that investigate any of the social determinants impacting the health of communities. In addition, some of our funding is specific to researching the social determinants of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, mental health, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, or neurological, emotional or paediatric disorders. But no matter the research area, the project must be led by a registered charity or other qualified donee listed by the Canada Revenue Agency.


  • To talk about participatory action research, find out more find out more about learning opportunities, build partnerships, or if you need support with your current grant, please contact Dave Doig.
  • To discuss the priorities and policies of our Participatory Action Research grant program, please contact Stephanie Falcon.
  • If you have general questions about our granting programs and funding priorities, need help with our online application system, or if you are a current grantee and have general questions regarding payments and reporting requirements, please contact Baixue Wang.