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

    2021 competition is CLOSED

    The 2022 competition is scheduled to launch Winter 2021/22.

    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.
  • Scholar Program

    2022 competition is OPEN

    Supports 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 OPEN

    Supports 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

    2021 competition is CLOSED

    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.
  • Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) Program

    This program is paused for 2021

    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.

Team funding programs (KT-focused)

  • Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program

    2021 competition is CLOSED

    The 2022 competition is scheduled to launch early April 2022.

    Supports 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.
  • Reach Program

    2021 competition is CLOSED

    The 2022 competition is scheduled to launch early April 2022.

    Supports 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

  • Match funding


    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.

    MSFHR will accept requests for match funding at any time. Requests must be received at least five weeks prior to the competition’s application deadline.

  • Partnered awards


    We partner with organizations across BC to co-fund successful applications from MSFHR competitions. Partners are listed in our funding application forms, where applicants can express interest in receiving a partnered MSFHR award.

    View the organizations seeking opportunities to co-fund research through our competitions:

How to apply

Applications to our funding competitions are coordinated through MSFHR 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 MSFHR and you do not know your login and/or password information, please contact MSFHR Help Desk at helpdesk[at]healthresearchbc.ca

MSFHR ApplyNet quick start guides

  • Registration

  • 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.


Our Help Desk staff are standing by to answer your questions.

Help Desk hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays).

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