Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research match funding support

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is pleased to offer matching funds to support the highest ranked BC applications that are successful in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) Knowledge Synthesis and Comparative Program and Policy Analysis grant competitions.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants

  • These one year, $25,000 grants will support cross-jurisdictional teams of researchers and knowledge users to produce knowledge syntheses or scoping reviews relevant to PIHCI Network priorities.
  • Projects must have high potential to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, scalability and/or policy and program impact of primary and integrated health care innovations, and contribute to the use of synthesized evidence in decision-making and practice across multiple jurisdictions.
  • MSFHR will provide matching funds of up to $12,500 total to support research led from the province.

Comparative Program and Policy Analysis Grants

  • These two year, $62,500/yr grants will support comparative analyses that: Compare policies across provincial/territorial health system contexts and the related health outcomes; and, compare programmatic scalable innovations in health care delivery and their policy impact.
  • To support BC’s leadership in this area, MSFHR will provide matching funds of up to $62,500 total over a two-year period to support research led from the province.

In both instances, projects must be cross-jurisdictional in scope, be relevant to PIHCI Network priorities, and involve a minimum of two member networks. Applicants must secure partner contribution from non-federal sources to match the CIHR contribution at a minimum of 1:1 ratio.

For further information on the SPOR PIHCI network grants, please visit our Funding Opportunities page or email info@spor-bcphcrn.ca. BC-PHCRN will assist in connecting researchers, patient partners, and knowledge users to build cross-jurisdictional teams.

Matched funding
To support BC’s leadership in the field of patient-oriented research MSFHR will provide matching funds to support the highest ranked BC applications in the Knowledge Synthesis and Comparative Program and Policy Analysis Grants.

MSFHR will provide matching funds of up to:

  • $12,500 total for Knowledge Synthesis Grants.
  • $62,500 total over a two-year period for Comparative Program and Policy Analysis Grants.

Teams are encouraged to find additional sources of match funding, including in-kind contributions (to a maximum of 50 percent). This may enable MSFHR to fund additional successful applications, pending confirmation of available funding.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the MSFHR match funding, applying teams must:

  • Include a Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) or Co-Principal Applicant (PA) located in BC and affiliated with a host institution that holds a memorandum of understanding with MSFHR.
  • Demonstrate in a budget how both MSFHR funds and the corresponding CIHR funds will be used in BC.
  • Meet the eligibility requirements of the BC-PHCRN, including alignment with the network’s research priority areas.

Application requirements
Applications for MSFHR matching funds should be received by BC-PHCRN by February 15. Requests for MSFHR match funding will be assessed per the eligibility requirements noted above.

The application should include:

  • Project title
  • Name and coordinates of the BC NPA or PA.
  • The amount of match funds requested from MSFHR.
  • A draft budget that clearly identifies the funds requested from MSFHR and demonstrates how these funds, as well as the funds received from CIHR, will be used in BC. Applications receiving MSFHR funds will be subject to the Use of Grant Funds section of the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) Financial Administration Guide. For more information on allowable costs for this funding opportunity, refer to CIHR’s website.
  • An overview of funding and/or in-kind support sought or confirmed to date from other sources.
  • A CIHR Partnership Form with the candidate and partner contributions sections completed.

Questions?
Email us at info@spor-bcphcrn.ca

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