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

  • Develop 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 an expert funder 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.

    Explore our suite of funding programs

  • 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.

    Partner with us to double your research investment | Explore co-funding and match funding opportunities

  • 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.

    Read about MSFHR in action

MSFHR was created in 2001, in honour of Nobel 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. His distinguished career and long-standing commitment to supporting emerging scientific talent helped establish BC as a hub of world-class health research.

In 2018, 25 years after Smith was awarded the Nobel Prize, MSFHR and colleagues from across the BC research community are celebrating his impact and continuing his work to develop scientific excellence and grow capacity in BC now and in the future.

The Foundation continues this important work in BC and beyond as a member of NAPHRO, the National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations.