COVID-19 Research Response
We want to hear from you: The effect of COVID-19 on BC's health research community
In order to get a full picture of how BC health researchers and the health research community at large has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we've launched a province-wide survey to generate the data we need. Responses will inform MSFHR's strategic decision making and future actions, and will be shared with our partners in the health research system. Click here to take the survey.
The survey will be open until August 14 and survey respondents will have the option to be entered in a draw to win one of 10 $25 gift cards.
MSFHR recognizes that BC’s successful response to COVID-19 involves policy approaches anchored in science. A coordinated provincial health research approach involving innovative, cross-disciplinary researchers and teams will produce the science and evidence BC needs to stay healthy, and position our province as a leader in mitigating the effects of the pandemic. Check this page for the latest updates on MSFHR’s contributions to this coordinated response.
BC COVID-19 Strategic Research Advisory Committee
SRAC serves as a bridge between the Provincial Health Officer, government decision-makers and the BC health research community with regard to COVID-19 research. MSFHR provides strategic support and serves as secretariat to the committee. Learn More.
MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund
With $2 million in funding support from the Province of BC, and additional funding from MSFHR and partners, the MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund is designed to address immediate and emerging issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and provide necessary evidence for decision makers to support a comprehensive and coordinated response, especially with respect to strategies for avoiding or mitigating subsequent waves of transmission. Funding has been committed as follows:
MSFHR COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding
MSFHR has historically played a key role in providing urgent health research funding when emergencies arise and BC needs critical health research data. To support the provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MSFHR funded four urgent research projects at the request of Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
Resource list of coordinated COVID-19 research activities and initiatives across BC
BC’s health research community is collaborating to provide a coordinated, strategic approach to the COVID-19 pandemic that supports decision makers, patients, public and others. This page serves as a resource identifying research efforts underway and planned, and supports participating organizations in communicating their work in the context of a coordinated provincial health research response.
Working with partners
Partnerships are critically important to supporting a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic and MSFHR is committed to optimizing available funding and exploring new and unique avenues. Currently:
- CIHR: MSFHR is partnering with CIHR on the following COVID-19 related competitions to support BC-based applicants to these competitions:
- Match Funding: Are you a BC-based researcher applying to national funding opportunities for COVID-19 research? Learn more about requesting match funding from MSFHR.
- Co-Funding: To optimize our collective investments in response to the pandemic, MSFHR invites organizations to join us by co-funding our COVID-19 response funding opportunities.
- Collaborations: To ensure research teams funded by the MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund have access to the necessary supports, MSFHR has joined forces with the BC Academic Health Science Network and Population Data BC.