Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research match funding support

MSFHR funding support towards the CIHR PIHCI Programmatic Grants

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is pleased to offer matching funds to support the highest ranked BC applications that secure programmatic grants via the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI).

These four year grants will support cross-jurisdictional teams working to integrate patient-oriented research into policy and practice to address primary and integrated care priorities.

Each team must include at least four jurisdictions, each contributing to collectively match CIHR’s $1 million grant. To support BC’s leadership in this area, MSFHR will provide matching funds of up to $300,000 (maximum $150,000 per team) to support research led from the province.

For further information on the SPOR PIHCI network programmatic grants, please visit the BC-PHCRN Funding Opportunities page and view full grant requirements on the CIHR website.

Matched funding

  • MSFHR will provide matching funds of up to $300,000 for this competition (maximum $150,000 per team), enough to fund approximately two teams over the four year term. MSFHR funds will be awarded until depleted in rank order to eligible applications that are successfully funded in the CIHR competition.
  • 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.

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
Requests for MSFHR matching support should be submitted by email to the BC-PHCRN (attn.: Melody Monro at melody.monro@ubc.ca). The BC-PHCRN will confirm receipt of eligible applications within 10 business days. Applications should be received by BC-PHCRN by November 3, 2017. 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 copy of the LOI submission to CIHR.
  • A CIHR Partnership Form with the candidate and partner contributions sections completed.

Melody Monro, MPA
Network Manager BC-PHCRN
BC Primary Health Care Research Network