MSFHR launches 2013/14 Scholar Program Competition

29 November 2013

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2013/14 Scholar Program Competition.

Scholar awards are one of the cornerstones of MSFHR’s investment in building British Columbia’s capacity for world-class research. These awards, with a maximum term of five years, help new investigators launch independent research careers and build strong research programs. Since 2001, MSFHR has granted 341 Scholar awards worth nearly $110 million.

Key dates


Competition open date:
Friday, Nov 29, 2013
Letter of intent deadline:
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014
Full application deadline:
Friday, Feb 28, 2014

The 2013/14 Scholar Program Competition is open to new investigators who are within five years of their first appointment [1] (at an Assistant Professor level or equivalent) as of the competition deadline. Applicants must have an appointment at an eligible [2] BC institution by July 1, 2014.

MSFHR is encouraging applications from health professional researchers who meet the above criteria[3]. Successful health professional candidates will be required to have a minimum of 50 percent protected time for research (as opposed to the customary 75 percent) to allow for ongoing professional work in which their research can be embedded.

Application details

Information sessions

MSFHR will be hosting on-site information sessions at research institutions around the province. This is your chance to have your questions about 2013/14 Scholar awards answered and learn about recent changes to the competition guidelines.

  • University of Northern British Columbia
    When: Monday, November 25; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Where: Conference Centre, Room 6-305
    RSVP: N/A
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
    When: Thursday, November 28; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Where: Jim Pattison Pavilion, Vancouver General Hospital
    RSVP: register online
  • UBC Okanagan
    When: Friday, November 29; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Where: Administration Building, Room 103E
    RSVP: N/A
  • Providence Health Care
    When: Monday, December 2; 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    Where: St. Paul’s Hospital, iCAPTURE Boardroom – Room #377 (3rd floor, Burrard West)
    RSVP: (RSVP required, as the room is behind locked doors and you must be buzzed in)
  • University of British Columbia
    When: Tuesday, December 3; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Where: Michael Smith Labs, Room 102, Lecture Theatre (map)
    RSVP: N/A
  • University of Victoria
    When: Wednesday, December 4; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Where: Administrative Services Building, Room 110
  • Simon Fraser University
    When: Thursday, January 9; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Where: SFU Burnaby Campus, IRMACS Theatre, Room 10900


For more information on this funding competition, contact Rashmita Salvi at 604.714.2779 or

  1. “Appointment” refers to a position that allows the applicant/MSFHR Scholar to apply for and hold peer-reviewed funds as a principal investigator; to be a research supervisor for graduate and post-graduate trainees; and to publish their research results.
  2. An eligible BC institution is one that has a Memorandum of Understanding with MSFHR.
  3. To be eligible as a health professional researcher, applicants must be licensed in one of the 26 health professions regulated by the BC Ministry of Health (see addition, you must have a faculty appointment at an eligible BC institution. However, you do not have to receive a salary from your institution. MSFHR is working with host institutions to disburse scholar awards to non-salaried faculty. Please note, awards can only be disbursed for eligible expenses.

    The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine has prepared the following clarifications and FAQ to address circumstances particular to that Faculty.