MSFHR commits matching funds to BC SPOR network

13 December 2013

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is pleased to announce it will provide $75,000 in matching funds to help develop the BC network selected through CIHR’s Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations initiative.

CIHR recently issued a call for applications to this initiative as part of the national Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).  One Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation network in each province will receive development funds. The SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Care Innovation’s goal is to support evidence-informed transformation and delivery of primary and integrated health care to improve individual and population health, health equity, and health system outcomes.

CIHR will provide up to $75,000, which applicants must match on a 1:1 basis. MSFHR has committed to providing letters to those submitting applications confirming matching funds of up to $75,000 to the BC network selected by CIHR. After the development funds are awarded in March 2014, there is expected to be further consultation around the province to support the network’s development.

Applications to CIHR must have leadership in three areas — research, policy and clinical practice – and must meet certain network membership requirements. For more information, please see the Network Development Funds funding opportunity.

MSFHR is aware that some activity is underway in response to the call for applications and is interested in connecting those who are developing applications or want to know more about current activities. Individuals who are interested in contributing to the network’s development are invited to contact Cindy Soules; Manager, Projects; 604.714.6335;

The networks supported through this funding opportunity will enhance collaboration among patients, health service providers, policy/decision makers, and health researchers across Canada. The networks represent a key initiative under both SPOR and the Community-Based Primary Health Care signature initiative.

MSFHR is proud to support SPOR activities in BC. In addition to providing development funds for a BC SPOR network, MSFHR and the BC Ministry of Health are co-leading the development of a business plan for a provincial research service centre that will provide specialized expertise and infrastructure for patient-oriented research. Learn more about BC’s SPOR activities.