Welcome to
Michael Smith
Research BC

About us

Michael Smith Health Research BC is British Columbia’s health research agency. We are working toward a future where BC is recognized worldwide for its vibrant, coherent, inclusive and globally competitive health research system that improves the health of British Columbians, the health system and the economy.

To achieve this, we support BC’s top health researchers through funding programs that build the province’s research capacity and address health system priorities. We also enable research through programs and resources in the areas of patient-oriented research, clinical trials, research ethics and knowledge translation. We further increase our impact through active partnerships with provincial, national and international organizations who collaborate with us on funding, training, and other initiatives.

Our strategy


Our three-year (2022 – 2025) strategy, which is based on our strong 20+ year track record as BC’s health research agency, guides us in co-creating the future we envision. We are focused on improving the health of British Columbians, the health system and the economy through three interconnected strategic directions that reflect our niche in BC’s health research system.

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Dr. Michael Smith

Michael Smith Health Research BC was created in 2001 in honour of BC’s first Nobel Laureate Dr. Michael Smith. A pre-eminent chemist and molecular biologist, Michael was dedicated to building BC’s health research capacity and nurturing the next generation of research innovators. His distinguished career and longstanding commitment to supporting emerging scientific talent helped establish BC as a hub of world-class health research. Health Research BC continues this important work in BC and beyond as a member of NAPHRO, the National Alliance of Provincial Health Research Organizations.

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Financial statements

Health Research BC's audited annual financial statements are available for download.