Our Work

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research supports a vibrant research community in BC that is recognized worldwide for innovative discoveries that improve health and save lives.

Through our funding programs, we invest in BC’s best and brightest, building our province’s capacity for world-class research. More than 1,500 MSFHR-funded researchers are active across BC developing new cures and treatments, responding to emerging health issues, and improving the delivery of health care.

We put health research to use to improve BC’s health system by funding and managing projects that target gaps in health research and address provincial priorities. As a respected facilitator, we build connections between researchers, coordinate sharing of resources, and bring together BC’s universities, health authorities, non-profits, and government for health research planning and action.


A provincial initiative funded and facilitated by MSFHR to create efficient, coordinated, and high-quality processes that support and encourage multi-jurisdictional human health research.

MSFHR is working with the BC Ministry of Health, Health Research BC, and other key stakeholders to develop a provincial strategy that will shape a more coordinated approach to health research.

BCNRI programs enhance BC’s capacity for excellent nursing research and build connections between researchers, health care providers, and policy-makers.

The BC SUPPORT Unit (the Unit) is a multi-partner organization transitioning from start-up phase to regular operations, preparing to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC.

Working with government, academic, and health system stakeholders, MSFHR coordinates programs through this network that evaluate the impact of health redesign and change initiatives.

MSFHR is funding a long-term national study to determine if a two-dose HPV vaccine provides equivalent protection to the standard three-dose regimen.

MSFHR is helping to close the gaps between research and practice by partnering with the health research community to advance knowledge translation.

Patient-oriented research refers to research that engages patients as partners, focuses on patient-identified priorities and improves patient outcomes. This research, conducted by multidisciplinary teams in partnership with stakeholders, aims to apply the knowledge generated to improve health care systems and practices.

Scholar Awards support new investigators to launch independent research careers and build strong research programs. They protect time for focusing on research activities, support the training of students, help attract additional funding, and facilitate team-building and collaboration.

MSFHR funds platforms to promote the creation of shared infrastructure. The platforms strengthen partnerships and collaborations, enhance the training environment, and promote the application of research to improve health and the health system.

Trainee awards support highly qualified graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to develop their skills working alongside established researchers.