COVID-19 update: To help lessen the burden on current award holders during the COVID-19 pandemic, MSFHR is extending the following policy changes until June 30, 2021:

  • All salary payments will continue as scheduled and we will allow all regular eligible expenses as outlined in the program’s guidelines if research activities are disrupted. If an award recipient’s research activities are paused, we would expect there would be no expenses over and above salary payments, with the exception of any previously agreed-to ongoing monthly fees.
  • Research Trainees may use their research and travel allowance flexibly to improve working conditions in their home environment, including purchasing furniture in accordance with their institutional guidelines. Eligible expenses for the research and travel allowance are now expanded to allow direct costs associated with the Trainee’s research project and professional development in consultation with the Trainee’s supervisor.
  • Relaxed Conditions of Award (COA) requirements. This allows more flexibility on MSFHR’s deadlines for reporting requirements and relaxed requirements to apply for external salary awards from major national or international funding agencies and in-person meetings. No-cost award extensions are available by request.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, these changes will be reassessed and updated accordingly.

MSFHR is BC’s health research funding agency. Our funding programs are designed to attract, develop and retain BC’s health research talent and contribute to addressing BC health system priorities.

Since 2001 we have funded more than 1,700 individual researchers and 200 research teams through MSFHR funding programs, and supported many more through special projects and match funding. Via these outstanding health researchers we support research across all four pillars of health research (biomedical, clinical, population health and health services) and the translation of that research to new treatments, cures, practices, and solutions that improve the health of British Columbians.

MSFHR funding programs

MSFHR manages a suite of eight targeted funding programs. Using our program learning and improvement cycle, we continue to grow and evolve our 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
    Supports 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.
    Applications now open!
  • Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship
    Through 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. As a partner on this funding opportunity, MSFHR aims to support the development of BC’s health policy research talent and build capacity for the integration of policy research into decision-making.  
  • Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) Program
    Supports 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.
  • Research Trainee Program
    Supports health researchers in the training phase of their research career to enable career development and the long-term success of the BC health research landscape.
    2021 competition is closed.
  • Scholar Program
    Supports early career health researchers, helping them form their own research teams, train the next generation of scientists and develop world-leading research programs.
    2021 competition is closed.

Team funding programs (KT-focused)

  • Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program
    Supports teams of health researchers and research users as they co-develop research aligned with BC’s health system priorities. These collaborations increase the likelihood that the research findings will be relevant to users.
    Applications now open!
  • Implementation Science Team Program
    Supports teams to plan, conduct, and study the implementation of proven health-related interventions that address one or more of BC’s current health system priorities.
  • Reach Program
    Supports teams of researchers and research users to disseminate research evidence, within the context of related knowledge, to facilitate its effective uptake and potential to impact health and care.
    Applications now open!

Current funding opportunities


MSFHR funding competitions

Match funding opportunities

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We also fund, support and manage a number of projects that target gaps in health research and address provincial priorities. You can find out more about these projects on the ‘our work’ pages.