MSFHR announces 2016 Scholar and Trainee programs

22 September 2015

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research is pleased to announce the launch of funding competitions for MSFHR Scholar and post-doctoral Trainee awards.

Applications are now open for the 2016 Scholar Program and 2016 Trainee Program. Competition guidelines and instructions are available through the Funding Opportunities section of our website. Applications must be submitted and managed through the MSFHR ApplyNet system.

Key dates

2016 Scholar Program

  • Applications open: October 2, 2015
  • Letter of intent deadline: November 6, 2015
  • Full application deadline: December 15, 2015

2016 Trainee Program (post-doctoral fellowships)

  • Applications open: November 2, 2015
  • Letter of intent deadline: December 4, 2015
  • Full application deadline: February 9, 2016

As in previous years, we are working with partner organizations to jointly fund some awards. If your organization is interested in partnering with MSFHR, please see our partnership opportunities page for more information. We will seek out partners throughout the competition cycle, so check our website regularly for an updated list of confirmed partners.

MSFHR will be hosting information sessions for both programs. Details of the 2016 Scholar Program info sessions are now available; Trainee info sessions will be posted once they are confirmed.

The Scholar and Trainee programs are core elements of MSFHR’s investment in building and sustaining BC’s health research excellence under our strategic goal 1 (“People”). These awards support the establishment and retention of outstanding early career researchers and trainees while building capacity for the development and use of research evidence in practice and policy.

For more information on these funding programs, contact the MSFHR Help Desk at 604-714-6609 (toll-free: 1-866-673-4722) or email for Scholar Program inquiries and for Trainee Program inquiries.

MSFHR developing expanded suite of funding programs

Starting with the 2016 Scholar and Trainee programs, MSFHR is pleased to offer Scholar and post-doctoral fellowship competitions on an annual basis as part of an expanded suite of programs that will broaden and enhance our support for health research and its application in British Columbia.  

Programs in the early development stage include a dedicated salary award program for health professionals (currently a category within the Scholar and post-doctoral fellowship competitions). While this program is under development, health professionals will remain eligible to apply to both the 2016 Scholar and Trainee programs. We are also exploring a health policy fellowship program as well as targeted award programs that will enhance the dissemination of research evidence and support research and its application on health-system priorities.

Planning for all these programs follows from a review conducted over the past year, which led to funding objectives that were incorporated into our strategic plan under strategic goals 1 (“People”) and 2 (“Responsiveness”).

We recognize that members of the research community will have important input and advice to offer us regarding program development; we will consult with relevant stakeholders to ensure the models for these programs are appropriately structured to meet BC researcher and research-user needs.