"Increase responsiveness of the health research enterprise to BC priorities"

BC has a strong, overarching strategic plan, Setting Priorities for the BC Health System, published by the BC Ministry of Health in February 2014. This strategy outlines priority areas that support the health of BC citizens, deliver responsive, effective health care, and ensure value for money.

MSFHR has been responsive to BC health-care system priorities since our founding in 2001. We have collaborated with the Ministry of Health to direct targeted funding to projects such as the Health Services & Policy Research Support Network and the BC Nursing Research Initiative. More recently, we have been asked to respond to priority research needs in seniors’ care, influenza vaccination policy, and the integration of primary and community care.

In the future, we will continue to support priority health research through targeted projects and competitive grants.


  • Provide financial and/or operational support for research responsive to health-care system priorities
  • Build capacity for using research evidence in practice and policy
  • Support teams of researchers, practitioners, patients, and decision-makers to conduct research addressing BC's health-care system priorities


  • Targeted projects
  • Competitive grants


  • Health research that is responsive to BC priorities
  • Evidence-informed decision-making by patients, practitioners, and policy-makers

Related Activities

This annual prize is presented to a BC clinician scientist whose work is internationally recognized and has had a significant impact on improving health and the health system.

Through the BCNRI, MSFHR funded and managed a number of programs to enhance BC’s capacity for excellent nursing research and build connections between researchers, health care providers, and policy-makers to achieve better health outcomes for British Columbians and a high-quality work life for nurses.

In 2005, MSFHR supported the Government of British Columbia in a multi-ministry initiative to enhance services to children and youth with special needs. Based on a resulting framework for action, a provincial cross-ministry Working Group commissioned MSFHR to oversee the delivery of an integrated suite of research and knowledge translation activities in three areas from 2018-2020.

MSFHR is funding a long-term national study to determine if a two-dose HPV vaccine provides equivalent protection to the standard three-dose regimen.

Knowledge translation activities aim to close the gap between research discoveries and implementation by improving the use of research evidence in practice, policy and further research.

The MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund, with $2 million in funding support from the BC government, will focus on high-quality research that evaluates BC’s response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and informs ongoing response, especially strategies for avoiding or mitigating subsequent waves of transmission. 

Patient-oriented research refers to research that engages patients as partners, focuses on patient-identified priorities and improves patient outcomes. This research, conducted by multidisciplinary teams in partnership with stakeholders, aims to apply the knowledge generated to improve health care systems and practices.

Learn about MSFHR's rigorous peer review process.