2017, a year packed with new programs and partnerships

2017 has been a busy year at MSFHR, packed with new programs and partnerships to support the BC health research community and grow world-class health research in our province.

This year we have grown our suite of funding programs, with the addition of the Health Professional-Investigator, Innovation to Commercialization and Reach Programs, and the soon-to-be-launched Implementation Science Team Program. This work has been a collaborative effort, drawing on expertise from across the BC health research community to design funding opportunities that will nurture research talent, support the generation of research evidence and help bridge the gap between research and practice. So far the response has been fantastic, from both applicants and co-funding partners, with the number and calibre of applications reinforcing the impressive amount of innovative research taking place in BC, and the potential of this research to improve the health of British Columbians.

2017 also saw us forge ahead with our work to develop knowledge translation capacity in BC and support evidence based decision-making in practice, policy and further research. The sold-out Health xChange brought together health researchers and practitioners for an evening of PechaKucha and inspiring stories about using community-engaged research to grow healthy people and communities, and laid the groundwork for Fuse 2018, the 4th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health which we are co-hosting next year.

Although we are delighted with the interest in our new programs, and the upcoming Fuse conference, there is still work to do! As part of our commitment to continuous learning and improvement we look for opportunities to enhance our activities so they go even further to meet the needs of the BC health and health research community. This means reviewing and refining our programs and competition processes each year and connecting with research communities across the province to understand how we can support research capacity building in these areas.

As the year draws to a close, I hope you too take a moment to reflect on your successes from the past 12 months and look ahead to 2018. I wish you all a wonderful holiday season spent amongst loved ones, and hope you take a well-deserved break in preparation for an exciting year ahead.

Bev Holmes, PhD
Interim President & CEO