2020 HP-I competition now offers separate streams for physician and non-physician applicants

9 December 2019

Guidelines are now available for MSFHR’s 2020 Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) competition. The letter of intent deadline is February 10, 2020, with full applications due April 17, 2020.

MSFHR is introducing a number of changes across all our competitions for 2020, including a new equity and diversity survey, and a new, user-friendly interface for MSFHR ApplyNet (our online grants management system). We are also making changes to our Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Program to provide all eligible health professions an equal opportunity to obtain salary support for research. Program changes are based on data gathered from our annual program learning and improvement cycle, which encompasses program data, environmental scanning, and stakeholder feedback.

2020 Health Professional-Investigator application guidelines

What’s new for 2020?

Introducing separate physician and non-physician streams

As a data-driven organization, MSFHR closely reviews its programs to assess trends and impact, including how many people are applying and succeeding, and who they are. Our review of three years of data for our HP-I Program showed an imbalance in the type of health professionals applying to and receiving these awards with physicians making up the largest number of program applicants and the majority of the award recipients. We are taking steps to address this imbalance and provide all eligible health professions an equal opportunity to obtain salary support for research.

New for the 2020 competition, two separate applicant streams have been introduced: a physician stream and a non-physician stream, each will be evaluated independently; this will create distinct pools thus allowing for a more equitable “like against like” comparison. Applicants will self-identify which stream they want to apply through. The actual number of awards allocated to each stream will be dependent upon the number of applications received and the results of peer review scoring. As with all of our competitions, all applications to the HP-I Program undergo rigorous peer review and are adjudicated based on excellence.

We hope that introducing separate streams for physician and non-physician applicants will increase the number of non-physician applicants to the program.

Introducing an equity and diversity survey

As part of MSFHR’s ongoing work in supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), we are enhancing our data collection efforts with a new demographic survey of applicants and peer reviewers based on similar data collected by CIHR, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Our survey will enable us to understand diversity as it relates to our own work, but as important, its findings will contribute to the bigger picture understanding of BC’s and Canada’s research system diversity and to subsequent conversations about actions that may need to be taken. It will ask applicants to share their gender, age, Indigenous identity, racialized identity, sexual orientation and disability. While identified users (applicants, co-applicants, research users, trainee supervisors and peer reviewers) will be required to complete the survey, each question has the option to respond “I prefer not to answer”. Only anonymized, aggregate data will be shared with any internal or external stakeholders.

Launching a new, more user-friendly version of MSFHR ApplyNet

Earlier this fall, we launched an updated version of ApplyNet, our online grants management system (GMS).

The new system will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the application process for our applicants, peer reviewers, staff and other users. It offers a more streamlined, easy to use interface and enables us to collect and report on data more effectively.

More information about the new MSFHR ApplyNet, including tutorials, is available on our ApplyNet information page.

All current MSFHR ApplyNet users should have already received an email asking them to accept the system’s new Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, and to reset their passwords. MSFHR ApplyNet users who have questions or have not received an email from no-reply@msfhr.org should contact our Help Desk.