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 120 research teams through MSFHR funding programs, and supported many more through special projects and match funding. 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.
    2019 competition scheduled to open for applications in Jan 2019. Guidelines now available.
  • 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.
    In 2018 and 2019, MSFHR is piloting a partnership with CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research on its Health System Impact Fellowship program. This partnership enables MSFHR to meet the goals of our Health Policy Fellowship program while supporting more BC fellows through partnership. The 2019 Health System Impact Fellowship is due to open for applications in Dec 2018.
  • Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) Program
    Supports researchers to advance their discoveries or inventions towards commercialization, helping ignite and enrich BC’s health innovation ecosystem.
    2019 competition scheduled to open for applications in Feb 2019.
  • 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.
    2019 competition open for applications.
  • 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.
    2019 competition: LOI passed.

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.
    2019 competition scheduled to open for applications in April 2019.
  • 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 health researchers and research users to disseminate the outputs of health research.
    2019 competition scheduled to open for applications in April 2019.

View a visual breakdown of MSFHR's funding programs and our 2019 funding competition schedule.

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.