The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) empowers British Columbia’s best and brightest health researchers to pursue world-class innovation and stretch the bounds of what health research can achieve.

Inspired by the memory and passion of Nobel Laureate Dr. Michael Smith, the Foundation was created in 2001 by the BC government to build provincial capacity for health research. Since its inception, MSFHR has received approximately $450 million from the provincial government to bolster BC’s capacity to develop new treatments and cures; help BC’s health system be more effective and responsive to emerging health threats; and keep BC’s health research sector globally competitive.

The Foundation helps BC’s health research community discover solutions to our greatest health challenges; connect knowledge and action on provincial priorities; and engage partners to improve the research enterprise. Our funding programs help recruit and retain top scientists and support them to build world-class research programs in BC.

MSFHR is a member of the National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations (NAPHRO).