Strong partnerships are integral to fostering world-class health research in BC.

Since 2001, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), with the support of the BC provincial government, has invested more than $330 million in award programs that nurture talent, advance new treatments and cures, and respond to health system priorities. To date we have supported over 1,600 individual researchers and more than 200 teams in their work to transform BC’s health research landscape. Our partnered investments have played an important role in that success, co-funding over 200, nearly 10 percent, of our awards.

We invite organizations to join us in co-funding awards that optimize our collective investments in health research. Together, we can invest in people and knowledge to achieve common goals and create new opportunities that:

  • Grow research in your priority area, across the four pillars of biomedical, clinical, heath services and population health research.

  • Move health research evidence into practice and advance discoveries or inventions along the pathway to commercialization.

  • Address BC health system priorities.

Explore our current list of partner organizations or watch our partnerships video.

Partnership opportunities



We partner with other health research funders on the following MSFHR-led programs that are offered annually:

We look forward to exploring opportunities for working together to foster world-class research in British Columbia.

Learn more about co-funding a researcher.

Together with our partners, we offer partnered awards on the following MSFHR competitions:

If you are a BC-based researcher interested in applying for a partnered award, please see our list of current co-funding opportunities, or contact the Partnerships team to register your interest.

We also offer match funding for BC researchers applying for national and international projects. If you are interested in match funding opportunities, see our eligibility criteria and request form.