Completed Programs

This list summarizes MSFHR-funded initiatives that are no longer active. To request more information on specific programs, contact

Active Communities Initiative Evaluation

The BC Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport contracted MSFHR in 2008 to undertake an independent evaluation of the Active Communities Initiative. The initiative aimed to increase the number of physically active British Columbians by 20 percent by 2010. MSFHR developed evaluation options through stakeholder consultation and contracted Cathexis Consulting Inc. to conduct the review. The findings were presented to the ministry in April 2009.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

From 2003 to 2004, MSFHR worked with the BC Ministry of Health to build capacity for research into the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. MSFHR assisted with data collection and an inventory of research activity to inform future planning for a regional collaboration. The inventory was presented in March 2004 to a meeting of policy-makers, researchers, and funding agencies from across Western and Northern Canada.

BC Healthy Living Alliance Evaluation of Initiatives

MSFHR facilitated the evaluation of seven health promotion initiatives implemented by members of the BC Healthy Living Alliance. The initiatives were designed to deliver activities across the province in three areas that underlie much of BC’s chronic disease burden: healthy eating, physical activity, and living smoke-free.

BC Immunization Program Evaluation Research Project

In 2008, MSFHR launched a special competition to fund research project that support the goals of the BC Immunization Strategy. MSFHR’s role was to administer funds, facilitate arms-length review of the studies, oversee grant administration, and ensure the reporting requirements of the BC Ministry of Health were met. Three research projects were chosen to receive two years of funding.

BCNRI Partnership Research Program

Designed to leverage BCNRI funding to advance nursing research in BC, this program provided matching funds to researchers applying to national or international competitions.

Children & Youth with Special Needs

In 2005, MSFHR supported the Government of British Columbia in a multi-ministry initiative to enhance services to children and youth with special needs. MSFHR provided facilitation and support for a number of projects, including an inventory of related research, an environmental scan of best practices for knowledge translation, plans for two pilot projects to evaluate service delivery practices, and a national conference. The government of BC subsequently published a framework for action.

Early Childhood Development Program Evaluation

In 2009, MSFHR hosted a gathering of stakeholders and experts in early child development to review a parenting support program evaluation framework. Led by the Success By 6 Initiative and funded by the Max Bell Foundation, the framework supported a project to provide common tools and reporting systems for measuring the effectiveness of early child development programs across BC.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders

At the request of the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, MSFHR supported efforts to create a proposal for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders research networking. Consultation focused on networking to enhance links between investigators, policy-makers, care providers, and consumers in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the three territories. MSFHR delivered a report containing recommendations for a regional network, which was adopted and implemented in 2004. The Provincial Health Services Authority was designated the host organization for this network.

Health of Population Networks

Between 2004 and 2010, MSFHR funded eight Health of Population Networks to build partnerships among BC researchers conducting research related to specific population groups. The networks addressed a diverse range of issues, including child and youth health, environmental and occupational health, mental health and addictions, aboriginal health, and women’s health.

 HSPRSN Health Authority Capacity Building Program

This one-time funding program supported BC’s health authorities to develop plans for more effective engagement in research and evaluation. Plans were intended to answer important questions specific to each health region, respond to provincial issues affecting multiple regions, build capacity for coordinated planning, and allow for staged implementation. The program ended in March 2010. Read the Health Authority Capacity Building Program report.

HSPRSN Investigative Teams Program

Five investigative teams were funded to partner with policy-makers in developing research in priority areas: acute care redesign, chronic disease management, health human resources, home and community care, and mental health. The program ended in March 2010. Read the Investigative Teams Program evaluation report.

HSPRSN Research Operating Grants Program

This program offered funds to answer specific research questions in eight priority areas: acute care redesign, chronic disease management, clinical outcomes measurement, impact of health system changes on specific populations, health human resources, home and community care, mental health, and patient safety. Research proposals were required to contain plans for partnering with policy-makers to support dissemination and uptake of findings.

Institutional Awards

MSFHR provided funding to eight major health research institutions in BC to support the creation of a vibrant and sustainable health research environment. Institutional awards totaling $15.1 million were granted between 2003 and 2009.

Research Unit Program

Research Unit awards enabled established BC research teams to advance their research agendas, address provincial priorities, and promote collaborations among academics, health practitioners, and policy makers. In total, MSFHR funded 31 research units in four cohorts between 2003 and 2007.

SARS Vaccine Development Initiative

In April 2003, the Government of British Columbia appointed MSFHR to manage the SARS Accelerated Vaccine Initiative, a $2.6 million investment to fast-track the development of a SARS vaccine. The initiative led to the development of three vaccine candidates in record time. Learn how BC researchers decoded the SARS virus and fast-tracked vaccine development.

Team Planning Program

Team Planning Awards were one-year grants that supported collaboration by enabling BC-based researchers to plan shared research activities. The awards focused on the establishment of teams and the identification of research priorities.

Team Start-Up Program

Team Start-Up awards supported researchers involved in multidisciplinary collaboration to compete successfully for infrastructure and operating funds from provincial, national, and/or international sources. These three-year grants were offered from 2006 to 2008.