As BC’s health research agency, we design our funding programs to attract, develop and retain BC’s health research talent and address BC health system priorities.
Our funding programs
We offer a suite of targeted health research funding programs. Using our program learning and improvement cycle, we continue to grow and evolve our health funding programs to ensure they meet the needs of BC’s health research and life sciences community.
Individual funding programs
Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Program
2022 competition is CLOSEDSupports health professionals (e.g. MD, RN, PT) to develop and advance research with the goal of bringing research evidence into practice within the health system.
2022 competition is CLOSEDSupports early career health researchers, helping them form their own research teams, train the next generation of scientists and develop world-leading research programs.
Research Trainee Program
2022 competition is CLOSEDSupports the best and brightest health researchers in training to enable career development and support world-class health research in BC.
CIHR Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship
2022 competition is CLOSEDThrough a partnership with CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, the HSI Fellowship provides doctoral and postdoctoral awardees with an experiential learning opportunity within health system organizations, where they can advance the organization’s impact goals and contribute to improved health system performance.
Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) Program
This program is paused for 2022Supports researchers to advance their discoveries or inventions towards practical application, resulting in products or technologies that improve health outcomes and enrich BC's health innovation ecosystem.
Team funding programs (KT-focused)
Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program
2022 competition is CLOSEDSupports teams of health researchers and research users to co-develop research that can have a direct impact on patients and the public in BC, helping to ensure the research’s relevancy.
2022 competition is CLOSEDSupports teams of researchers and research users to disseminate research evidence with those who can directly benefit from it in order to impact health and care in BC.
Other funding opportunities
We offer match funding to qualifying BC-based researchers and research teams applying to non-BC government-funded research competitions that require applicants to source match funding as a condition of the application. This increases the ability of BC researchers to compete nationally and internationally and grow their programs of research by attracting research dollars into BC.
Michael Smith Health Research BC will accept requests for match funding at any time. Requests must be received at least five weeks prior to the competition’s application deadline.
2022 competition is CLOSED
We partner with organizations across BC to co-fund successful applications from Michael Smith Health Research BC competitions. Partners are listed in our funding application forms, where applicants can express interest in receiving a partnered Health Research BC award.
View the organizations seeking opportunities to co-fund research through our competitions:
How to apply
Applications to our funding competitions are coordinated through Health Research BC ApplyNet, an online grants management system that allows users to manage their entire award lifecycle, from application submission to post-award monitoring. The application submission process typically involves both applicants and third parties (e.g. deans, department heads, supervisors, references, etc.).
Note: If you and/or any of your third parties (e.g. department head, dean, supervisors, referees, etc.) have ever applied for funding from Health Research BC and you do not know your login and/or password information, please contact our Help Desk at helpdesk[at]healthresearchbc.ca.
Health Research BC ApplyNet quick start guides
Drafting Your Full Application
Resetting Your Password
Third Party Forms
Applicant Portal Homepage
Host Institution Approval
Completing the Eligibility Quiz
Peer Review Stage 1: Conflicts and Preferences
Drafting Your Letter of Intent
Peer Review Stage 2: Pre-Meeting Scores and Comments
Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)
We have a strategic commitment to fostering a more equitable, diverse and inclusive health research system in BC.
Diversity in research is important to cultivating talent and promoting inclusive excellence, which in turn drives discovery and helps build a more equitable health research system.
We are taking a number of actions to advance EDI in our health research funding programs, policies, processes and strategic initiatives.