Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Program

The Michael Smith Health Research BC Health Professional-Investigator Program helps close the gap between health research and its implementation. HP-I awards support health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to conduct and apply research relevant to health and/or the health system to ultimately improve health outcomes in BC and beyond.


  • This competition is


  • Important Dates

  • Applications open

    March 17, 2022

  • Letter of intent deadline

    April 29, 2022, 4:30 p.m PT

  • Full Application deadline (applicant)

    June 20, 2022, 4:30 p.m PT

  • Full Application deadline (host institution)

    June 27, 2022, 4:30 p.m PT

  • Anticipated notice of funding decision

    March 2023

  • Anticipated start of funding

    April 01, 2023

  • Award Term

    5 years

  • Award Amount

    Up to $90,000/annum for salary support

New for 2022:

  • The letter of intent (LOI) stage of the 2022 competition will involve an eligibility check only and will not include a competitive peer review. Please note: applicants still need to complete the LOI stage.
  • Health Research BC recognizes the importance of engaging patients and community to facilitate research that contributes to changing policy/practice related to patient health and/or the health system. Health Research BC has modified the 2022 HP-I application process to include a patient and community review. The BC SUPPORT Unit, which is now part of Health Research BC, will support patient and community review and work with applicants to develop patient and community engagement in their research programs. Applicants are encouraged to read the Guidelines document for information and attend the applicant information webinar (March 23), and patient and community engagement webinar (May, date TBC) (see information below).
  • Health Research BC is a signatory on the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). In keeping with the principles of DORA and best practices for responsible research assessment, applications should not list journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factor, article citation counts, or H-index. Health Research BC has modified the most significant contributions section of the application to allow applicants to better describe the quality and impact of their achievements.

Partnered awards are available for this program!

Learn more

Applicant streams

The HP-I Program has two separate streams which are evaluated independently of one another: a physician stream and an allied health professional stream. Only one stream can be selected per application. Applicants must select the most applicable stream according to the criteria below:

Physician stream applicants must:

  • Hold a medical doctorate or equivalent (e.g. MD, DDS, DPM, etc.).
  • Be recognized as a physician, dental surgeon or podiatric surgeon by BC Health Regulators.

Allied health professional stream applicants must:

  • Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Be a member of a regulated health profession, excluding physicians and surgeons*

* If your regulated health profession is not listed by BC Health Regulators, please contact hpi[at] to verify eligibility before proceeding with your application.


By the full application deadline, the applicant must:

  • Have confirmation from the department head (or equivalent) protecting a minimum of 50% of the applicant’s time for health research activities, or no less than 20 hours per week by the award start date.

By the award start date, the applicant must:

  • Be a clinician, health practitioner, and/or health care provider whose role requires clinical decision making.
    Note: Health professionals who do not make clinical judgments and/or clinical decisions that directly impact patients and/or patient care (i.e. all time devoted to administration, teaching and/or research) are not eligible.
  • Hold a valid license to practice in BC and be a member in good standing of the appropriate regulatory college, or be a board-certified/board-eligible health professional and a member in good standing of the appropriate provincial/national certification body (BC Health Regulators).
  • Hold an appointment at a BC host institution that has a memorandum of understanding with Health Research BC (formerly known as MSFHR). The appointment must allow the applicant to:
    • Apply for and hold research funding.
    • Engage in independent research activities.
    • Publish their research results.

As in previous years, we are pleased to be partnering with Mitacs to offer an expedited application process for Mitacs Accelerate internship funding for graduate students or post-doctoral fellows working on the proposed HP-I project.

How to apply

Applications to our funding competitions are coordinated through Health Research BC's ApplyNet, our online grants management system that allows users to manage their entire award lifecycle, from application submission to post-award monitoring.

Log in to ApplyNet:

Learn more about Health Research BC's ApplyNet
View the Health Research BC ApplyNet quick start guides

Application resources

2022 Guidelines


2022 Conditions of Award


2022 Evaluation Criteria


Knowledge Translation for HP-I


Patient, Public and Community Partner Review Criteria


Patient, Public and Community Partner Engagement in HP-I Research - Workshops


Patient, Public and Community Partner Engagement in HP-I Research - Resources


Sample PDFs

2022 Sample Letter of Intent


2022 Sample Full Application


2022 Sample Department Head Form


2022 Sample Dean Form



The Health Professional-Investigator information webinar has passed. See below for the March recording and slides.

NOTE: The patient, public and community partner engagement workshops took place on May 19 and June 2, 2022.

March 2022 webinar slides


Watch video (passcode: L%R+Fr82)


May 19 workshop slides


Watch May 19 workshop


June 2 workshop slides


Watch June 2 workshop