Update on new and revised funding programs – opening early 2017

24 November 2016

As part of MSFHR’s review of our funding programs and in support of our overall strategic goals, MSFHR staff travelled across BC between May and July of 2016 to engage with a broad cross section of researchers, health professionals, and administrators. Our aim was to better understand how our funding programs can meet the needs of BC’s health research community.

The consultation feedback provided valuable insights on the proposed changes to existing salary support awards and helped shape the design of a refreshed suite of funding programs.

We’re pleased to be launching a new funding program and a revised MSFHR Research Trainee Award competition in early 2017.

Innovation to Commercialization Award (I2C)

The I2C Program is one of six new programs developed in recent months to meet the specific funding needs of the BC health research community.

The I2C Program is positioned to provide funding support for translational researchers in the health and health services sectors — to advance their discoveries or inventions towards commercialization resulting in products or technologies that improve health outcomes, and enrich the health innovation ecosystem of BC.

The I2C Program allows researchers the opportunity to conduct feasibility research and commercialization activities in order to determine and improve the commercial viability of their intellectual property. It achieves this by providing funding support to a portion of the award recipients’ salaries and/or research personnel directly associated with the award recipient’s proposed research, and for activities directly related to implementation of a commercialization plan.

Program details:

  • Annual intake
  • Award term of up to 4 years
    • Phase I: $150,000/annum for 2 years
    • Phase II: An additional 2 years upon successful renewal with a funding partner; MSFHR will match 1:1 up to $75,000/annum for a total of $150,000/annum
  • Eligible to researchers who hold an appointment at an eligible BC university, health authority or research institute and conduct research with a clear link to human health
  • Focus of translational research must be at or past active research and development for proof-of-principle, but not past the level of a successfully-demonstrated product or technology

Read our information sheet for additional details on the I2C Program.

The I2C Program is anticipated to launch in February 2017. Guidelines for the I2C Program will be posted early in 2017.

Research Trainee Award funding allocation changes

Our longstanding Research Trainee Program is a core element of MSFHR's investment in building research capacity in BC. As of 2016, the Research Trainee Program is now an annual award. The program recently underwent revisions to the funding allocation criteria and these changes have been incorporated into the 2017 program.

As with previous Research Trainee Awards competitions, MSFHR has allocated 70 percent of the total funding to applications across all four research pillars: biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health.

With the launch of the 2017 Research Trainee Award, the remaining 30 percent of the funding will now be allocated based on alignment with the BC Ministry of Health’s five key priorities as part of their health system strategy:

  • Enhance access to effective primary health care
  • Services for seniors with complex medical conditions
  • Mental health/substance use care
  • Services for patients needing surgery
  • Rural and remote health care services

Read more about the BC Health System Priorities. Guidelines for the 2017 Research Trainee Award will be published online the week of December 5 and will launch the week of January 3, 2017.

Partnering for success

The Research Trainee and I2C Programs as well as our Scholar and recently introduced Health Professional-Investigator Programs are available for partnership opportunities.

Partnerships with not-for-profits, and other organizations and funders support world-class research in BC that invests in and improves health care, and collectively increases research capacity in partner priority areas of health. Partnering in MSFHR award programs enables organizations to target their research interests, maximize their research investment, and connect their stakeholders and community with the research and researchers we support together.

Visit our partnership page for more information about our partnership opportunities.