The MSFHR Reach Program promotes knowledge translation activities by supporting researchers and research users* in disseminating research evidence through co-developing events, activities, and/or tools to ‘extend the reach’ of their work.

This helps teams ‘reach’ audiences who can directly use the knowledge to ultimately improve health and care for British Columbians and their communities. Reach awards also help build knowledge translation (KT) capacity, experience, and skills in BC’s research and health professional trainees.

Researchers who need support to disseminate their research through projects like a social media initiative, patient forum, or a learning curriculum should consider applying to the Reach 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 dissemination and implementation of research evidence. 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

Eligibility

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 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 co-development of a research question or process (i.e. integrated KT activities occurring earlier in the research process), consider applying for our 2021 Convening & Collaborating competition.

Application resources

Sample PDFs

The C2 and Reach information webinar has passed. You can view the recording and slides here.

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.

MSFHR also sponsors a limited number of events that do not align with the Reach Program but support our strategic goals and allow us to support collaboration across BC's health research community. For more information, please contact us at info@msfhr.org.

MSFHR’s Reach Program and awards are independent from REACH BC, an online provincial platform that connects British Columbians with health research opportunities. 

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