The MSFHR Implementation Science Team (IST) Program is designed to support the implementation and adoption of evidence-based, implementation-ready interventions that will improve the quality and effectiveness of health, health services and care.

Key dates:

  • Applications open: February 15, 2018
  • Webinars:
    • Introduction to implementation science: February 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. PT
    • Application support: February 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. PT
  • Development Grant LOI deadline: April 16, 2018, 4:30 p.m. PT
  • Anticipated notice of LOI decision: Late June 2018
  • Anticipated start of Development Grant: July 2018
  • Project Grant full application due: January 2019

New for 2018, the IST Program is MSFHR’s first implementation science award program, designed based on extensive environmental scanning and consultation with BC’s researchers, health system decision-makers, and national and international experts in implementation science.

What is implementation science?

Implementation science examines the process of implementing an intervention, or adapting an intervention to settings different from the ones in which it was originally developed and tested. The goal is to understand how specific health interventions can be better adapted to different regions, cultures, genders, or conditions, and, if applicable, how the interventions can be scaled up.

2018 IST competition details:

  • The IST competition consists of two phases, a Development Grant and a Project Grant.
    • The six month Development Grant supports research team and project development. This will include $10,000 and implementation science training to enable the development of a full Project Grant application, including a comprehensive project and integrated knowledge translation plan.
    • Teams with successful Project Grant applications will be awarded $500,000 over a three year period to support their implementation research projects.
  • Each team must include:
    • A minimum of one researcher and two research users.
    • At least one trainee (undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral fellow or equivalent) with a clear plan for building that trainee’s expertise in implementation science through participation in the team.
    • An executive sponsor – a senior decision-maker within the BC health system.
  • Proposals must address one or more current BC health system priority areas.
  • For studies involving implementation at multiple sites, the majority of these must be within BC.

Read the competition guidelines

Read the LOI application instructions

Application resources (PDF)


  • Introduction to implementation science
    • This webinar has now passed. To access the presentation, download the PDF or watch the video below.
  • Application support
    • February 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. PT
    • Visit GoToWebinar to register