Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Program

The 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

    Winter 2022

  • Letter of intent deadline


  • Full Application deadline (applicant)


  • Full Application deadline (host institution)


  • Anticipated notice of funding decision


  • Anticipated start of funding


  • Award Term

    Up to 5 years

  • Award Amount

    Up to $90,000/annum for salary support

New for 2021:

  • HP-I applicants are no longer required to provide references, although letters of support or references can still be included.
  • To help account for the impact of COVID-19 on health professionals, recipients may defer their award for up to 18 months.
  • 2021 HP-I recipients are not required to apply for renewal in the third year of funding (previous HP-I recipients are still required to submit a plan for years 4-5 of their award, which will be reviewed internally).

Partnered awards are available for this program!

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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 percent 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 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 MSFHR 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 MSFHR ApplyNet
View the MSFHR ApplyNet quick start guides

Application resources

2021 Guidelines


2021 Conditions of Award


2021 LOI Evaluation Criteria


2021 Evaluation Criteria


Sample PDFs

2021 Sample Letter of Intent


2021 Sample Full Application


2021 Sample Dean


2021 Sample Department Head



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