The current funding opportunities that AVA has available are for
Community Partner Agencies and Early Career Researcher (ECR) Teaching Release.

Community Partner Agencies


Community agencies serving girls, women, and gender-diverse people with experiences relevant to girls’ and women’s lives, have arguably the best opportunity to address the social problems of violence and adversity, but are hampered by lack of resources for relevant community-based research, evidence-based implementation, and evaluation. Our team is poised to train a new cadre of community-university researchers to address the gap between resources and implementation of sustained social innovations and interventions in population/community health settings.


Provide funding to AVA Training Platform Community Partner Agencies to enable them to engage in the following activities:

1. Support development, management, and evaluation of AVA strategies and programs;
2. Ensure AVA is meeting its objectives (Appendix B);
3. Participate in triadic mentorship/supervision of trainees;
4. Participate in advisory committee meetings and working groups.


Funding will be available to community partner agencies who apply for participatory funding using the provided online application. To be considered a community partner agency, the agency must operate outside of a University. If you are not able to complete the online application form, please contact us at for support. We will seek to assure equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) when considering who will be awarded funding.

Guidelines for Funding Community Partner Agencies

Apply for Funding

If you are already an AVA Partner, please log in/sign up to apply for funding. If you are not an AVA Partner and are interested in becoming one, please contact us.

Early Career Researcher Teaching Release


The purpose of the AVA Early Career Researcher (ECR) Teaching Release program is to support ECR training and research career development by allowing ECRs to be released from their teaching obligations, and devote that time and energy to participating in multiple activities of the AVA Training Platform including: 

  • Mentoring trainees in the Triadic Mentorship Program; 
  • Participating as a trainee or content creator (i.e. presenter) in AVA Online; 
  • Strategy Development, Management and Evaluation Training; 
  • Another activity connected to AVA’s objective. 

This program will be available competitively to ECRs who want to engage in their own training or training others in high-need areas that relate to girls, women, and gender-diverse people. These “high-needs” areas (deemed as such, by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) Girls’ and Women’s Health and Wellness Research Pool) include: 

  • Youth and Family Wellness,
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health,
  • Health Services and Population-Based Approaches to Wellness

Teaching releases will be offered annually to 1-2 ECRs every year, for the six years of the program. In addition to Principal Applicants (PAs)/ECRs, 24 ECR teaching releases awarded over six years.

  • Applicant must be an ECR, defined as an independent researcher who is within 8 years of beginning their first independent research or faculty position. 
  • The ECR should hold an academic appointment at a Canadian post-secondary institution and be affiliated with or willing to be affiliated with the AVA Training Platform. 
  • There is no limit on the number of ECR Teaching Releases that an applicant can apply for or be awarded over the 6 years of AVA Training Platform; however ECR’s can only receive one course buy-out per year. 

For more information about the Application & Adjudication Processes, please see the guidelines below.

Guidelines for Early Career Researcher Teaching Release

Apply for Funding

If you are already an AVA Partner, please log in/sign up to apply for funding. If you are not an AVA Partner and are interested in becoming one, please contact us.

If you have any questions please contact us.