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 1,700 individual researchers and 120 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


A provincial initiative funded and facilitated by MSFHR to create efficient, coordinated, and high-quality processes that support and encourage multi-jurisdictional human health research.

MSFHR is working with the BC Ministry of Health, Health Research BC, and other key stakeholders to develop a provincial strategy that will shape a more coordinated approach to health research.

BCNRI programs enhance BC’s capacity for excellent nursing research and build connections between researchers, health care providers, and policy-makers.

The BC SUPPORT Unit (the Unit) is a multi-partner organization transitioning from start-up phase to regular operations, preparing to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research throughout BC.

Working with government, academic, and health system stakeholders, MSFHR coordinates programs through this network that evaluate the impact of health redesign and change initiatives.

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.

MSFHR funds platforms to promote the creation of shared infrastructure. The platforms strengthen partnerships and collaborations, enhance the training environment, and promote the application of research to improve health and the health system.