B.C. Government provides $11 million for health research

15 September 2014

Patients and researchers will benefit from a new $11-million grant from the provincial government to the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR).

“This funding will help the Foundation maintain the global competitiveness of B.C.’s health research sector,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research helps support solutions to our more pressing health problems by funding the best and brightest researchers and spearheading significant projects to address health system priorities.”

In July, the Foundation awarded 32 highly-ranked leaders in health research with MSFHR Scholar Awards totalling up to $11.2 million over five years. These awards, a flagship program for MSFHR, have a proven impact on health research in B.C.  Since 2001, MSFHR Scholars have attracted more than $1.1 billion in additional investments to B.C.’s research community and trained more than 4,700 apprentices.

“BC researchers and the Foundation appreciate the ongoing support from our provincial government,” said Dr. Diane Finegood, president & CEO of MSFHR. “Our scholars have made discoveries that drive innovation in our health system and improve the health of our populations, allowing them to attract additional funding amounting to ten times MSFHR’s investment of $117 million in their awards over the past decade.”

> Government of B.C. press release

MSFHR-funded researchers and research programs such as scholars and trainees, infrastructure funding and health services and policy research, have had a significant impact on a provincial, national and international scale.

A few examples include:

MSFHR works closely with the provincial government and other key stakeholders to ensure British Columbia remains internationally competitive in health research to help improve the health status of British Columbians.

The province has provided $392 million to MSFHR since 2001.