"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

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BCNRI programs enhance BC’s capacity for excellent nursing research and build connections between researchers, health care providers, and policy-makers.

Working with government, academic, and health system stakeholders, MSFHR coordinates programs through this network that evaluate the impact of health redesign and change initiatives.

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.

MSFHR is helping to close the gaps between research and practice by partnering with the health research community to advance knowledge translation.

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.