MSFHR launches 2015 Trainee Award competition

26 November 2014

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is pleased to launch the 2015 Research Trainee Program competition for post-doctoral fellowship awards.

This funding competition is open to applicants who are eligible to hold a post-doctoral fellow position at a BC-based host institution for the duration of the Research Trainee – Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award. Host institutions must have a signed memorandum of understanding with MSFHR.

At the time of application, applicants must commit at least 75 percent time to research training; this commitment does not include holding a full-time paid research position. Health professionals with active clinical service must commit at least 50 percent time to research training.

Competition guidelines are now available on the MSFHR website.

Note: The MSFHR ApplyNet system will open in early February 2015 to accept applications to this competition. Full application instructions and evaluation criteria will be posted at this time.

Letters of intent must be submitted by March 17, 2015. The deadline for receipt of full applications is April 20, 2015.

> Learn more: 2015 MSFHR Trainee Awards

“Our program review, currently underway, has validated the importance of MSFHR trainee awards as one of the cornerstones of building British Columbia’s capacity for world-class research,” said Bev Holmes, MSFHR vice-president, research & impact. “And for this trainee competition, as with our last scholar competition, we have amended the guidelines to also support applications from health professionals.”

MSFHR Trainee awards provide up to three years of salary support to help highly qualified post-doctoral fellows develop their skills. By supporting the training of young investigators, BC is well positioned to retain them as future health research leaders.  Since 2001, MSFHR has more than 1,200 trainee awards worth nearly $39 million.

As in previous years, MSFHR is working with partner organizations to jointly fund some awards. Confirmed partners will have their keywords included in MSFHR ApplyNet and applicants will be able to indicate if they are interested in being considered for a partnered award.  MSFHR will continue to seek out additional partners throughout the competition cycle so check our website regularly for an updated list of confirmed partners and keywords.

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