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.

Following discussions with potential IST applicants we have made some clarifications and changes to our IST guidelines. A summary of these changes is included below with updated guidelines and FAQ documents.

Key dates: (Updated June 1, 2018)

  • Applications open: February 15, 2018
  • Development Grant LOI deadline: April 16, 2018, 4:30 p.m. PT
  • Anticipated notice of LOI decision: Late August 2018
  • Anticipated start of Development Grant: September 2018
  • Development Grant orientation webinar: September 13, 2018
  • Implementation Science strengthening workshop: October 3-4, 2018
  • Project Grant full application due: Late February 2019
  • Anticipated notice of Project Grant decision: May 2019
  • Anticipated start of Project Grant: June 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.

Following discussions with potential IST applicants we have made some clarifications and changes to our IST guidelines as follows:

  1. Trainees must be under the supervision of a researcher co-lead, i.e., the primary applicant or other researcher co-lead
  2. Partial salary support up to a maximum of $25,000 per annum is an eligible expense for the following team members working directly on the proposed implementation science project
    • Research users, for their release time to participate in the proposed research project
    • Research staff (e.g. research associates, research assistants, clinical assistants)
  3. Research trainees may be paid to complete services directly related to and integral to the success of the proposed project, but must position payments as a one-time expense for services rendered. Ongoing stipends for trainees are ineligible expenses.

UPDATED competition guidelines


LOI application instructions

2018 Development Grant teams

Application resources (PDF)

Sample PDFs


  • Introduction to implementation science
    • This webinar has now passed. To access the presentation, download the PDF or watch the video below.

  • Application support
    • This webinar has now passed. To access the presentation, download the PDF or watch the video below.