Applications now open for 2018 Convening & Collaborating competition

Applications are now open for MSFHR's 2018 Convening & Collaborating (C2) competition. Research teams wanting to apply can review competition guidelines, instructions and key dates here.

The MSFHR C2 Program builds capacity for the development and use of research evidence in practice, policy and further research by promoting knowledge exchange between health researchers and research users. C2 awards support teams of health researchers and research users planning and carrying out collaborative activities such as stakeholder consultations, public engagement or co-development of research methodologies.

2017 C2 award team lead Carol McDonald cites their team's C2 award as critical to their work to facilitate improving rural and remote nursing services within eight remote Nuu-chah-nulth (NCN) First Nations communities on Vancouver Island. With their award, the team of researchers, research users working in the NCN communities, NCN nursing staff, First Nations Health Authority representatives, and elders and community members, were able to organize three dialogue-driven, community-based stakeholder meetings in Tofino, Ahousaht, and Huuayaht. Participants discussed some of the barriers they experience to accessing primary and emergency care, and shared ideas about how health services could be changed to reflect NCN communities' understanding of health and wellness.

"It was remarkable in terms of the team building that happened at these meetings—what we came to understand," says McDonald. Without the funding to set up these in-person dialogues, she adds, they could have teleconferenced, but "travelling to these communities, meeting in person, gave the academic researchers such an understanding of their experiences."

"I can't say enough about the support provided by MSFHR through our C2 award," says McDonald. "I can't imagine how this work would have happened otherwise."

Other teams funded as part of the 2017 C2 competition are using their awards to explore how to use technology to reduce transitions from assisted living to residential care, develop a provincial women's health research agenda, include young people in mental health policymaking, and more. C2 awards can support projects such as developing research questions to form the basis of a grant application, developing an integrated KT plan for a research project, or holding a workshop to identify health research needs, gaps and opportunities.

Key dates:
  • Application deadline: October 27, 2017 (4:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time)
  • Anticipated notice of funding decision: Mid-January, 2018
  • Anticipated start of funding: March 1, 2018