Competition dates announced for Fall 2016 funding programs

25 July 2016

After three months of criss-crossing BC, MSFHR’s Research Programs team has completed initial consultations on the Foundation’s new suite of funding programs.

Throughout May, June, and July, our staff engaged in 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. Out of this process, we received valuable and thoughtful feedback that will help shape the final design of our new programs.

In particular, stakeholders in each region provided important insight into their local context, including unique challenges facing health researchers. MSFHR is committed to ensuring all of our funding programs are responsive to these issues. We are in the process of reviewing all feedback and will share a summary of major consultation themes with all participants in the coming weeks.

In addition to region-specific issues, a number of general themes emerged across all BC regions over the course of the consultations. One theme that was repeated was a desire for clear communication, as early as possible, regarding program details and timelines. In recognition of this interest, we are pleased to share a provisional calendar for the funding programs launching 2016.

Confirmed program launches:

  • Health Policy Fellowship
    Guidelines posted: week of August 15
    Applications open: week of September 12
    Application deadline: first week of November
  • Convening & Collaborating Awards
    Guidelines posted: week of August 29
    Applications open: week of September 26
    Application deadline: second week of October
  • 2017 Scholar Program
    Guidelines posted: early September
    Applications open: early October
    Application deadline: TBD (deadline will be posted once confirmed)

Anticipated to launch in fall 2016:

  • 2017 health professional program

Four additional programs – the 2017 Research Trainee Program, translational scholar awards, dissemination awards, and implementation science teams – are anticipated to launch in the first half of 2017. Further details of these programs will be shared in the coming months as we move forward with their development.

MSFHR is excited to see strong interest in all of our new funding programs across the province. We appreciate the community’s support and feedback, and we welcome additional input as we work to finalize program guidelines. Please contact Les Grad (; 604.714.2773) with your comments or questions.