The MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Program helps close the gap between health research and its implementation. HP-I awards support health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to conduct and apply research relevant to health and/or the health system to ultimately improve health outcomes in BC and beyond.

New for 2021: HP-I applicants are no longer required to provide references, although letters of support or references can still be included. To help account for the impact of COVID-19 on health professionals, recipients may defer their award for up to 18 months. Additionally, 2021 HP-I recipients are not required to apply for renewal in the third year of funding (previous HP-I recipients are still required to submit a plan for years 4-5 of their award, which will be reviewed internally).

2021 competition details and key dates:

  • Maximum award amount: $90,000/annum for salary support
  • Award term: Up to 5 years
  • Applications open: early May 2021
  • Webinar: May 12, 2021 at 11 a.m. Vancouver time
  • Letter of intent deadline: June 4, 2021
  • Full Application deadline (applicant): August 20, 2021
  • Full Application deadline (host institution): August 27, 2021
  • Anticipated notice of funding decision: November 2021
  • Anticipated start of funding: January 1, 2022
  • Partnership opportunities are available

Applicant streams
The HP-I Program has two separate streams which are evaluated independently of one another: a physician stream and an allied health professional stream. Only one stream can be selected per application. Applicants must select the most applicable stream according to the criteria below.

Physician stream applicants must: 

  • Hold a medical doctorate or equivalent (e.g. MD, DDS, DPM, etc.).
  • Be recognized as a physician, dental surgeon, or podiatric surgeon by BC Health Regulators

Allied health professional stream applicants must: 

  • Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent .
  • Be a member of a regulated health profession, excluding physicians and surgeons. (Note: If your regulated health profession is not listed by BC Health Regulators, please contact to verify eligibility before proceeding with your application.)


By the full application deadline, the applicant must:  

  • Have confirmation from the department head (or equivalent) protecting a minimum of 50 percent of the applicant’s time for health research activities, or no less than 20 hours per week by the award start date.

By the award start date, the applicant must: 

  • Be a clinician, health practitioner, and/or health care provider whose role requires clinical decision making. Note: Health professionals who do not make clinical judgments and/or clinical decisions that directly impact patients and/or patient care (i.e. all time devoted to administration, teaching and/or research) are not eligible. 
  • Hold a valid license to practice in BC and be a member in good standing of the appropriate regulatory college or be a board-certified/board-eligible health professional and a member in good standing of the appropriate provincial/national certification body (BC Health Regulators). 
  • Hold an appointment at a BC host institution that has a memorandum of understanding with MSFHR. The appointment must allow the applicant to:  
    • Apply for and hold research funding 
    • Engage in independent research activities 
    • Publish their research results

Application resources

Sample PDFs


  • Please note this is not a registration link. Registration is not required. Simply click on the Zoom link on May 12 at 11 a.m. to join the session.
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