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MSFHR: A competitive advantage for BC’s health research community
British Columbia is home to a vibrant health research community with an international reputation for excellence. A central pillar of support for BC’s health researchers is the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), considered a “competitive advantage” in the current BC Jobs Plan. Inspired by the memory and passion of Nobel laureate Dr. Michael Smith, we work province-wide to empower BC’s best and brightest to pursue world-class innovation and stretch the bounds of what health research can achieve.
Discover solutions to our greatest health challenges
MSFHR programs advance BC’s ability to generate world-class health innovation. Our awards provide vital early-career support to new investigators and up-and-coming research stars. This support enables our province’s research institutes to retain top talent and attract high-quality researchers from abroad. Since 2001, we have granted more than 1,500 individual awards that have directly supported the career development of a generation of BC researchers.
Connect knowledge and action
Research is important for improving health outcomes, yet a significant percentage of patients do not receive the recommended types of care because of gaps in moving discoveries into practice. As a provincial leader in the science and practice of knowledge translation, MSFHR works to bridge the gap between what is known to improve health and what is done to improve health at the point-of-care.
Engage partners to address provincial priorities
Health research in BC is a complex enterprise with many stakeholders. Harnessing its innate power for innovation and change requires coordination and strategic vision. As a trusted, non-partisan voice for BC’s health research community, MSFHR is uniquely placed to provide leadership and unite diverse stakeholders for province-wide planning and action.