Applications open: 2021 C2 and Reach competitions

8 April 2021

Colleagues standing in a small group discussing something. One of the women is holding documents and gesturing with her hands as the others watch and listen.

BC research teams seeking funding for knowledge translation activities can now apply for the 2021 MSFHR Convening & Collaborating (C2) and Reach competitions.

Through our knowledge translation (KT) awards, we support researchers in teaming up with health professionals, patients, and researchers in training to move research evidence into policy and practice. In addition, Reach and C2 awards help foster relevant KT skills among trainees, including grad students, post-docs and health professional trainees.

The maximum award amount for both competitions is $15,000 and award terms have been extended to 18 months (projects must be planned to be completed within 12 months).

What’s new for this year? 
We reached out to stakeholders in BC’s health research system to better understand current needs. We listened and we’re introducing changes to several aspects of the 2021 Reach and C2 competitions, including eligible expenses, the term of the award, and the application and review process. Recognizing the challenges of planning activities concurrently with changing public health guidelines, MSFHR has extended the award duration to 18 months for the 2021 competitions.

MSFHR recognizes each BC region brings strengths to the provincial health research system and that there is variation in the infrastructure, resources, and supports available to health researchers at different institutions. MSFHR’s commitment to rigorous peer review includes ensuring applications from across BC are reviewed fairly and equitably.

2021 C2 and Reach key dates

  • Application deadline (applicant): June 4, 2021
  • Application deadline (host institution): June 11, 2021
  • Anticipated notice of funding decision: September 2021
  • Anticipated start of funding: October 1, 2021

Which competition should you apply for?
C2 awards
promote knowledge exchange and meaningful collaboration amongst researchers, trainees, and research users* in co-developing research that can directly impact patients and a diverse range of stakeholders. Co-developing research by engaging with stakeholders helps ensure the research is relevant and can increase the likelihood of leveraging the award into additional funding from national and international sources.

For example, 2019 C2 recipients Dr. Laura Sauvé and Dr. Alison Gerlach led a project to mobilize knowledge around maternal and infant health equity in the context of HIV. They engaged with mothers with lived experiences, frontline service delivery stakeholders, Indigenous Elders, HIV advocacy organizations, pediatricians, and policymakers to create a program of research to help improve the health of infants exposed to HIV.

C2 competition details

Reach awards promote KT activities by supporting researchers and research users in disseminating research evidence through co-developing events, activities, and/or tools to ‘reach’ audiences who can directly use the knowledge to ultimately improve health and care for British Columbians and their communities.

For example, an MSFHR Reach award enabled Dr. Julie Bettinger (also a 2011 Scholar) and her team to create a short film, “Vaccine Booster Talk,” aimed at frontline health-care care providers to encourage vaccine uptake in primary care. The film was presented at the Canadian Immunization Conference and at the BC Women’s Hospital Grand rounds.

“The MSFHR Reach award was instrumental in allowing us to translate our research findings into action”, said Dr. Bettinger.

Reach competition details

As BC’s health research funding agency, we design our programs to develop, retain, and attract the people whose research improves the health of British Columbians, addresses health system priorities, creates jobs, and adds to the knowledge economy.

Still not sure which competition is right for you? Please contact our Research Competitions team at before submitting your application.

*Research users include a diverse range of stakeholders including but not limited to patients and their families, those with lived experience, caregivers, health practitioners, government policy makers, and health charities.