Our Work

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is British Columbia's health research funding agency.

Funded by the province of BC, MSFHR helps develop, retain and recruit the talented people whose research improves the health of British Columbians, addresses health system priorities, creates jobs and adds to the knowledge economy.

Since 2001, MSFHR has funded more than 1,800 individual researchers and 200 research teams through MSFHR funding programs, and supported many more through special projects and match funding. 

We put health research to use to improve BC’s health system by funding and managing projects that target gaps in health research and address provincial priorities. As a respected facilitator, we build connections between researchers, coordinate sharing of resources, and bring together BC’s universities, health authorities, non-profits, and government for health research planning and action.

Our funding programs

Our knowledge translation activities

Other activities


This annual prize is presented to a BC clinician scientist whose work is internationally recognized and has had a significant impact on improving health and the health system.

Through the BCNRI, MSFHR funded and managed a number of programs to enhance BC’s capacity for excellent nursing research and build connections between researchers, health care providers, and policy-makers to achieve better health outcomes for British Columbians and a high-quality work life for nurses.

The BC SUPPORT Unit is a multi-partner organization created to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC. MSFHR is a major financial contributor and a key collaborative partner.

In 2005, MSFHR supported the Government of British Columbia in a multi-ministry initiative to enhance services to children and youth with special needs. Based on a resulting framework for action, a provincial cross-ministry Working Group commissioned MSFHR to oversee the delivery of an integrated suite of research and knowledge translation activities in three areas from 2018-2020.

MSFHR is funding a long-term national study to determine if a two-dose HPV vaccine provides equivalent protection to the standard three-dose regimen.

Knowledge translation activities aim to close the gap between research discoveries and implementation by improving the use of research evidence in practice, policy and further research.

Patient-oriented research refers to research that engages patients as partners, focuses on patient-identified priorities and improves patient outcomes. This research, conducted by multidisciplinary teams in partnership with stakeholders, aims to apply the knowledge generated to improve health care systems and practices.

Learn about MSFHR's rigorous peer review process.