Growing research excellence together: MSFHR welcomes Parkinson Society British Columbia

18 January 2017

Here at MSFHR we believe that strong partnerships are integral to fostering a world-class research environment in BC. As such, we collaborate with a broad range of organizations to co-fund research through four of our award programs.

To date, we’ve co-funded over 150 awards with 26 partner organizations, nurturing BC’s brightest researchers as they work to improve the well-being of both our citizens and our health system. As we start 2017 we are pleased to welcome returning and new partners, including our newest partner Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC).

PSBC is dedicated to easing the burden of Parkinson’s disease through advocacy, education, support services, research, and ultimately finding a cure. A key part of this is supporting scientific excellence and testing new ideas. To advance this goal, PSBC is partnering with MSFHR to grow research capacity and build the collective understanding of this complex disease. Together, MSFHR and PSBC intend to co-fund awards in three funding programs: the 2017 Scholar, 2017 Research Trainee and Health Professional-Investigator competitions.

“PSBC chose to partner with MSFHR for several reasons. Firstly, partnering on an award doubles the funding PSBC can make available to research focused on Parkinson’s disease, which in turn means we can support more in-depth research in British Columbia. Plus, MSFHR has a robust peer review process for selecting researchers and research projects, which PSBC cannot duplicate.”

– Jean Blake, PSBC CEO

How we partner

MSFHR sets high expectations for both ourselves and our partners to ensure that all our partnerships work towards common goals of nurturing talent, advancing new treatments and cures, and responding to BC’s health system priorities.

Through these constructive and collaborative relationships our partners are able to co-fund exceptional researchers, grow health research in a specialty area, build research connections, and double the value of their research funding.

If you are a funding agency, not-for-profit organization, private sector company or community partner looking to advance research in your speciality area please contact the Partnerships team to find out more about collaborative co-funding opportunities.

Similarly, if you are a BC-based researcher please get in touch to learn about how you can be considered for a partnered award.

Further information on partnership opportunities can be found on our partnership pages.