Guidelines now available for 2020 C2 and Reach competitions

4 February 2020

Guidelines are now available for the 2020 Convening & Collaborating (C2) and Reach competitions. The competitions will open in early March; the application deadline for both is September 28, 2020.

Knowledge Translation (KT) is ultimately about using health research knowledge to improve health care. This research knowledge is most likely to be applied when it is informed by those who will use it, whether that be community members, care providers, policy-makers, or other researchers.

To support this, and help ensure research has the maximum impact on health and the health system, MSFHR offers two KT-focused competitions: the C2 and Reach programs. These programs are specifically designed to foster collaboration between researchers and research users*, support the co-development of research questions and the dissemination of research evidence.

For the second year, we are running the Cand Reach competitions concurrently, with each award providing a maximum of $15,000 for up to 12 months.

Which types of projects do the awards support?

In past years, we’ve funded some pretty interesting projects from building a partnership between emergency services and youth mental health services in BC (2019 C2) to creating a short film about vaccines for frontline health care professionals (2019 Reach).

Which competition fits best with your project?

C2 awards bring together researchers and research users to co-develop research aligned with BC’s health system priorities. Through meaningful collaboration, teams co-develop research questions and processes to help ensure research findings are relevant to users.

Reach awards bring together researchers and research users to support the dissemination of research evidence, within the context of related knowledge, and increase its potential impact. Together, teams co-develop events, activities, and/or tools, so they can share research findings and evidence with audiences who can directly use the knowledge.

If your intended activity takes place early in the research process, such as the co-development of a research question or process, consider applying to the a Ccompetition. If the activity takes place at the end, such as the dissemination of evidence, consider the Reach competition.

If you have questions about which competition to apply for, please contact before submitting your application.

Key dates:


  • Application deadline: September 28, 2020, 4:30 p.m. PT
  • Webinar: The webinar has passed. View slides here.
  • Anticipated notice of funding decision: TBC
  • Anticipated start of funding: February 1, 2021


Changes for 2020 competitions

MSFHR is introducing a number of changes across all of our 2020 competitions, including a new equity and diversity survey, and a new, user-friendly interface for MSFHR ApplyNet (our online grants management system).

Introducing an equity and diversity survey

As part of MSFHR’s ongoing work in supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), we are enhancing our data collection efforts with a new demographic survey of applicants and peer reviewers based on similar data collected by CIHR, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Our survey will enable us to understand diversity as it relates to our own work, but as important, its findings will contribute to the bigger picture understanding of BC’s and Canada’s research system diversity and to subsequent conversations about actions that may need to be taken. It will ask applicants to share their gender, age, Indigenous identity, racialized identity, sexual orientation and disability status. While identified users (applicants, co-applicants, research users, trainee supervisors and peer reviewers) will be required to complete the survey, each question has the option to respond: “I prefer not to answer”. Only anonymized, aggregate data will be shared with any internal or external stakeholders.

Launching a new, more user-friendly version of MSFHR ApplyNet

We’ve launched an updated version of ApplyNet, our online grants management system (GMS) to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the application process for our applicants, peer reviewers, staff and other users. The new ApplyNet offers a more streamlined, easy to use interface and enables us to collect and report on data more effectively.

For more information about the new MSFHR ApplyNet, including tutorials, visit our ApplyNet information page.

*Research users might include patients, caregivers, health practitioners, government policy makers, health charities, or the public.