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 December 31, 2020:

  • 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

In 2016, MSFHR launched a refreshed suite of eight targeted funding programs, developed based on extensive consultations and environmental scanning. 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.
    2020 competition is closed. LOI deadline has passed.
  • Health Policy Fellowship Program / Health System Impact Fellowship
    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 partnering with CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research on its Health System Impact Fellowship Program to support the development of BC’s health policy research talent and build capacity for the integration of policy research into decision-making. 
    2020 competition is closed.
    *MSFHR partners with CIHR's Institute of Health Services and Policy Research on its Health System Impact Fellowship. Please see our Health System Impact Fellowship page for more information and competition timelines.
  • 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.
    2020 competition is closed. LOI deadline has passed.
  • 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 will launch fall 2020 - stay tuned for details!
  • 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 will launch fall 2020 - stay tuned for details!  

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.
    2020 competition is closed.
  • 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.
    2020 competition is closed.

View a visual breakdown of MSFHR's funding programs and our 2020 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.