The MSFHR Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program is designed to bring together researchers and research users* to co-develop research aligned with BC’s health system priorities. These collaborations increase the likelihood that research findings will be relevant to users.

C2 awards support meaningful collaboration and knowledge sharing between health researchers and research users, and the co-development of research questions and processes. Projects might include developing a research agenda, building a new partnership, or evaluating a peer support initiative.

Key dates:

  • Applications open: Early April 2019
  • Application deadline: May 30, 2019, 4:30 p.m. PT
  • Anticipated notice of funding decision: Early August 2019
  • Anticipated start of funding: September 1, 2019

Program details:

  • Maximum award amounts of $15,000.
  • Award term of up to 12 months.
  • Each team must include:
    • A minimum of one researcher and one research user as co-leads.
    • At least one BC research/health professional trainee (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral and/or clinical fellow) as a team member included in a meaningful way to enhance their knowledge translation experience and skills. The trainee may also fulfill the role as research user co-lead, if applicable.
  • The researcher co-lead that serves as the primary applicant must be based in BC and affiliated with a BC host institution that has a signed memorandum of understanding with MSFHR to administer award funds.
  • All award funds must be used in BC.
  • The proposed work must directly address one or more of the BC health system priorities: 1) enhanced access to effective primary health care, 2) services for seniors with complex medical conditions, 4) mental health/substance use care, 4) services for patients needing surgery, and 5) rural and remote health care services.

New for 2019

  • The 2019 C2 and Reach competitions will launch and run concurrently. If your intended KT activity is focused on the dissemination of research evidence (i.e. end of grant KT activities), consider applying for our 2019 Reach competition.

Read the competition guidelines

2018 award recipients

2019 Reach competition

The Foundation also sponsors a limited number of events that do not align with the C2 and Reach Programs but support our mission and goals and allow us to build relationships and support collaboration across BC's health research community. For more information, please download MSFHR's sponsorship eligibility guidelines and application form.


Application resources (PDF)


*Research users might include patients, caregivers, health practitioners, government policy makers, health charities, or the public.