Patient and Community Engagement Training Competition

The Patient and Community Engagement Training (PaCET) program aims to increase trainee capacity in conducting participatory research in projects focused on women and/or children’s health. Participatory research is a broad-based approach that involves patients, clinicians, community groups, government and/or non-government organizations (NGOs) as engaged partners in collaborative research studies that affect them and in which they have a stake. Awards of up to $1,000 per month are available for a maximum of eight months (September to April).


  • The applicant must be registered in a full-time, graduate studies program or engaged as a postdoctoral fellow (PDF) at the University of Alberta in a health-related discipline at the time of application.
  • Applicants must complete the WCHRI in-training membership requirements prior to submission of the application.
  • The proposed project must be the applicant’s graduate/PDF project.
  • Projects must be supervised by a WCHRI academic member.
  • Supervisors may put forward only one applicant per year.

The applicant must be a trainee in a research program/project directly relevant to women and/or children’s health that aims to engage patient/stakeholder/community at the mid-high level of engagement (collaboration; partnership; empowerment). The applicant must have on -going, project-specific supervision provided by an academic WCHRI member, preferably with experience engaging non-academic stakeholders in research. 

All applicants must be able to attend monthly cohort training meetings.

Contact Tatjana Alvadj, research coordinator, at or WCHRI grants administration at

Agency Name: 
Women and Children's Health Research Institute
Contact Name: 
Penny D'Agnone
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Internal Deadline: 
Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Grant Eligibility: