Applications now open for convening & collaborating awards

26 September 2016

Earlier this year, MSFHR announced the inaugural Convening & Collaborating (C2) awards to advance knowledge translation by providing health researchers the opportunity to collaborate and form partnerships with research users. Applications are being accepted until October 21 for the first intake of these awards.

MSFHR recognizes the role health research funders have to play in promoting, advancing and advocating for knowledge translation. The C2 awards have been designed to build 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 (e.g. health care professional, policy makers and patients).

The C2 funding program will provide support to plan research programs, projects, and/or activities between researchers and research users that target health research responsive to the five BC health system priorities: 1) enhance access to effective primary health care, 2) services for seniors with complex medical conditions, 3) mental health/substance use care, 4) services for patients needing surgery, and 5) rural and remote health care services.

Examples of research activities that are supported through the C2 awards include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing research questions or plans that could form the basis of a grant application.
  • Developing an integrated knowledge translation plan as part of a research project or program of research.
  • Developing a plan to implement research evidence and/or study the implementation of research evidence.
  • Stakeholder engagement (e.g. holding a workshop or symposium) regarding health research needs, gaps and opportunities, priority policy issues and/or priority research questions

Funding decisions are anticipated for mid-December with the start of funding in January 2017. Application information, including guidelines and instructions can be found on our website.

The C2 awards are part of a MSFHR’s refreshed suite of funding programs announced in 2016 after discussions with a broad cross-section of researchers, health professionals, and administrators to better understand how MSFHR’s funding programs can meet the needs of BC’s health research community. Also launching this fall is a scholar award competition and a new health professional-investigator award.