New for 2018: MSFHR Implementation Science Team Program

The MSFHR Implementation Science Team (IST) Program will support the implementation and adoption of evidence-based, implementation-ready interventions to improve the quality and effectiveness of health, health services and care in BC. Applications open mid-February.

New for 2018, MSFHR is launching its first implementation science award program, to support teams of BC researchers, research users and senior decision-makers studying what interventions work within the health system and why, and how these interventions can be implemented, adapted to other settings, or scaled-up across regions to improve the quality and effectiveness of population health, health services and care.

Implementation science is an evolving and complex field. At its core, it 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.

Implementation Science Team competition guidelines now available

The IST program will support teams as they plan, conduct, and study the implementation of proven health-related interventions that address one or more of BC’s current health system priorities. Grounded in real-life challenges, projects will be funded in two phases. Initially, a six month Development Grant and implementation science training will support teams as they develop full applications. Subsequently, successful teams will receive a Project Grant to support their implementation research projects for up to three years.

“We designed the Implementation Science Team Program in consultation with BC researchers, health system decision-makers, and national and international experts in implementation science,” says Dr. Bev Holmes, MSFHR president & CEO. “The program is a first for MSFHR and a really exciting opportunity to enhance BC's implementation science capacity and improve the quality and effectiveness of our health services.”

For further information and application support please visit the competition page or join the support webinars.

Key dates

  • Applications open: Mid-February 2018
  • Support webinars: February 22 & 27, 2018
  • Letter of intent deadline: April 16, 2018
  • Anticipated notice of LOI decision: Late-June 2018
  • Anticipated start of Development Grant: July 1, 2018
  • Full application (Project Grant) deadline: Mid-January 2019