The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is British Columbia's health research funding agency.
Funded by the province of BC, MSFHR helps develop, retain and recruit the talented people whose research improves the health of British Columbians, addresses health system priorities, creates jobs and adds to the knowledge economy.
What we do
- Fund BC research talent
Our core focus is talent development. We support attracting, retaining and recruiting the talent British Columbia needs to advance health research and the knowledge economy.
As expert funders we use our knowledge about the system, the changing landscape and emerging needs to develop and run funding programs that serve the needs of British Columbians.
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- Partner to increase funding available to BC health researchers
Strong partnerships are integral to fostering world-class health research in BC. We partner with public and private sector organizations to co-fund research, build capacity in the system and optimize our collective investments in health research.
Our partnerships also increase BC researchers’ ability to compete nationally and internationally, attracting research dollars from outside the province.
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- Support knowledge translation in BC
Our team of KT specialists work to advance the science and practice of knowledge translation, and give BC health researchers, health care providers, policy-makers and other research users the tools they need to increase the use of research evidence in practice, policy, and further research.
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- Respond to BC health system priorities
We are a trusted partner to government and the health research community, supporting partners to use research to inform and respond to emerging population health and health system issues. We also facilitate introductions, dialogue and meaningful collaborations between researchers, health system stakeholders, caregivers, patients and private companies.
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MSFHR was created in 2001, in honour of Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Michael Smith. A pre-eminent chemist and molecular biologist, Smith was dedicated to building BC’s health research capacity and nurturing the next generation of research innovators.
The Foundation continues this important work in BC and beyond as a member of NAPHRO, the National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations.