As BC's health research funding agency, we think deeply about how to grow, improve and best support BC health research.
Forward Thinking, a blog series written by MSFHR staff, examines what it takes to be a responsive and responsible research funder, and explores the world in which research funders operate today.
Not sure where to start? This blog post by MSFHR's President & CEO Dr. Bev Holmes, introduces the science of science funding.
Forward Thinking blogs
- From Floundering To Flourishing: Doing KT In A Pandemic
February 2021: MSFHR Manager, Knowledge Translation, Geneveive Creighton, discusses MSFHR's knowledge translation-informed approach to COVID-19, doing KT in a pandemic, and reflects on a KT success story.
- Supporting Health Researchers During A Pandemic: A Research Funder’s Response To COVID-19
December 2020: MSFHR Senior Specialist, Strategy, Maija Tiesmaki, reflects on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected BC's health research community, the Foundation's response, and how we're continuing to support BC health researchers.
- COVID-19 is testing the ability of Canada's health research system
August 2020: MSFHR President & CEO Dr. Bev Holmes and her colleague Dr. Sharon Straus discuss how Canada's health research system has measured up during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- What does success look like for responsive and responsible research funding?
July 2020: MSFHR's new Vice President, Research Dr. Chonnettia Jones, reflects on what success looks like for responsive and responsible research funding.
- What does responsive and responsible research funding mean during - and after - a pandemic?
April 2020: MSFHR President & CEO Dr. Bev Holmes discusses the balance of both short and long-term thinking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Analyzing Gender Equity Across MSFHR Award Programs
February 2020: MSFHR’s Dr. Zena Sharman, Dr. Julia Langton, and Amanda Paleologou outline what our data tell us about gender equity in MSFHR’s funding programs, what we've been experimenting with, and how we're moving forward.
- Celebrating the role of research in British Columbia's health care system – and issuing a challenge or three
January 2020: Dr. Bev Holmes, president & CEO, discusses the role of research in the health care system and what we can do to get further, faster with our efforts to integrate research and health care.
- Joining forces for responsive and responsible research funding
November 2019: Dr. Bev Holmes, president & CEO, discusses a new collaboration with like-minded funders to further research on research.
- Tackling The Challenge: Evaluating The Funder’s Role In KT
October 2019: Gayle Scarrow shares some of the lessons learned after a recent evaluation of our KT activities and how those learnings will inform our work going forward.
- Identifying talent through funding competitions
July 2019: Valerie To discusses the evolution of our grant application processes from the early days of paper to today's system and beyond.
- The possibilities and challenges of changing health research career paths: Emerging themes from the BC health research community
May 2019: Maija Tiesmaki reflects on how research career pathways are changing and shares three emerging themes from the health research community.
- From iKT to Strategic Partnerships
April 2019: Gayle Scarrow and Genevieve Creighton introduce KT Pathways: a new online self-assessment tool and resource guide for knowledge translation, discuss the journey to launching it and the partnerships that were instrumental in the process.
- Connecting strategy and evaluation: Our do’s and don’ts
March 2019: Julia Langton and Zena Sharman reflect on how best to connect strategy and evaluation to help plot a course, define what success looks like, and track our progress and learn along the way.
- Once upon a time: How to tell the story of a health research funder
February 2019: Lori Last and Amy Noise introduce the science of storytelling and how to use the principles of storytelling to demonstrate the value of health research and health research funding.
- A health research funder’s role in public and patient engagement: Building solid and sustainable foundations
January 2019: The MSFHR team leading the Foundation's public and patient engagement strategy reflect on the valuable lessons learnt during development, and where we go from here.
- Assessing research impact: Perspectives from a provincial health research funding agency
October 2018: Dr. Julia Langton, MSFHR’s manager, evaluation & impact analysis, provides an overview of how we approach research impact assessment at the Foundation, and some of the tools in our assessment toolbox.
- The life and times of an MSFHR research funding program
September 2018: Dr. Les Grad, manager, research programs (design & development), provides a window into how we design, develop and evaluate our programs to ensure they achieve their goals and realize their desired impact.
- Lost in knowledge translation? Time to get strategic
August 2018: Dr. Bev Holmes, president & CEO, talks KT strategy and evaluation, and challenges funders — and other organizations working to improve evidence use — to take a hard look at their KT activities as a whole and make sure they are focused in the right areas for maximum impact.
- It's all about the evidence! Funders as research users
July 2018: Ms. Gayle Scarrow, director, knowledge translation, explores how a funder can contribute to the science of KT by participating as a research user.
- The implementation of evidence is a social change project, and we are in it together
June 2018: Dr. Gen Creighton, manager, knowledge translation, highlights the parallels between the implementation of research evidence and the role of the research funder.
- Gender equity in health research funding
May 2018: Dr. Zena Sharman, director of strategy, outlines what we know about gender equity in health research funding, what we wish we knew, and the steps MSFHR is taking to foster gender equity in our programs.
- Funding agency investment strategies: Where to begin
April 2018: Dr. Zena Sharman, director of strategy, outlines MSFHR’s efforts to become more focused and transparent about our approach to investing in health research and research impact.
- Increasing value, reducing waste in research: What can funders do?
March 2018: Dr. Bev Holmes, president & CEO, unpacks the 2014 Lancet special issue that argues there is waste in the research process in terms of how research is prioritized, conducted, regulated, disseminated and discusses a funders role in addressing these.
- From fund-and-forget to help-it-happen: Responsive and responsible research funding
February 2018: Dr. Bev Holmes, president & CEO, explores the science of science funding, which is generating interest globally from funders committed to “helping it happen”.