The MSFHR Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program promotes knowledge exchange and meaningful collaboration by supporting researchers, trainees, and research users* in co-developing research that can directly impact patients and a diverse range of stakeholders.

Co-developing research by engaging with stakeholders helps ensure the research is relevant and can increase the likelihood of leveraging the award into additional funding from national and international sources. It also helps build knowledge translation (KT) capacity, experience, and skills in BC’s research and health professional trainees.

Researchers who need support to develop a research agenda, identify key research practice priorities, or evaluate a peer support initiative should consider applying to the C2 Program.

New for 2021: We’re introducing changes to eligible expenses, the term of the award, and application and review process for the 2021 Reach competition to account for the impact of the pandemic on the co-development of research. Read the 2021 guidelines below for more information.

2021 competition details and key dates:

  • Maximum award amount: $15,000
  • Award term: 18 months (projects must be planned to be completed within 12 months)
  • Applications open: April 8, 2021
  • Information webinar: April 14, 2021 at 10 a.m. (Vancouver time)
  • Application deadline (applicant): June 4, 2021
  • Application deadline (host institution): June 11, 2021
  • Anticipated notice of funding decision: September 2021
  • Anticipated start of funding: October 1, 2021


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 must serve as the primary applicant, be based in BC and be affiliated with an eligible BC host institution that has a signed memorandum of understanding with MSFHR to administer award funds.
  • All award funds must be used in BC.

If your intended KT activity is focused on the dissemination of research evidence (i.e. end-of-grant KT activities), consider applying for our 2021 Reach competition.

Application resources

Sample PDFs

The C2 and Reach information webinar has passed. Watch video and view slides now. 

The 2021 competition is open

See our 2020 award recipients

*Research users include a diverse range of stakeholders including but not limited to patients and their families, those with lived experience, caregivers, health practitioners, government policy makers, and health charities.

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