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 1,600 individual researchers and 80 research teams. Via these outstanding health researchers we support discovery-based research and the translation of that research to new treatments, cures, practices, and solutions that improve the health of British Columbians.

MSFHR Funding Programs

In 2016, MSFHR launched a refreshed suite of eight targeted funding programs, developed based on extensive consultations and environmental scanning 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 clinical 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.
  • Health Policy Fellowship Program*
    Connects post-doctoral (PhD, MD) health researchers with health policy decision-makers and their projects to enhance understanding, communication and promote evidence-informed policy-making.
    *This program is on pause for 2018 as MSFHR is partnering with CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research on its 2018 Health System Impact Fellowship program.
  • Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) Program
    Supports researchers to advance their discoveries or inventions towards commercialization, helping ignite 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.
  • Scholar Program
    Supports early career health researchers, helping them form their own research teams, train junior scientists and develop world-leading research programs.

Team funding programs (KT-focused)

  • Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program
    Supports collaborative activities between health researchers and research users to build capacity for knowledge exchange and promote the use of research evidence in practice, policy and further research.
  • Implementation Science Team Program
    Coming soon! Supports teams to study the methods and mechanisms that promote the integration of evidence into health policy and practice in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services and care.
  • Reach Program
    Supports health researchers and research users to disseminate the outputs of health research.


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View a visual breakdown of MSFHR's funding programs.

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.