As BC’s health research agency, we design our funding programs to attract, develop and retain BC’s health research talent and address BC health system priorities.

Our funding programs

We offer a suite of targeted health research funding programs. Using our program learning and improvement cycle, we continue to grow and evolve our health funding programs to ensure they meet the needs of BC’s health research and life sciences community.

Individual funding programs

  • Scholar Program

    2024 competition is CLOSED

    Supports early career health researchers, helping them form their own research teams, train the next generation of scientists and develop world-leading research programs.
  • Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Program

    2024 competition is CLOSED

    Supports health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to build their health research programs, train the next generation of scientists, and make significant contributions to their field.
  • Research Trainee Program

    2024 competition is CLOSED

    Supports the best and brightest health researchers in training to enable career development and support world-class health research in BC.
  • CIHR Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship

    2023 competition is CLOSED

    Through a partnership with CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, the HSI Fellowship provides doctoral and postdoctoral awardees with an experiential learning opportunity within health system organizations, where they can advance the organization’s impact goals and contribute to improved health system performance.

Team funding programs (KT-focused)

  • Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program

    2023 competition is CLOSED

    Supports teams of health researchers and research users to co-develop research that can have direct impacts on people, including patients, health practitioners and policy makers.
  • Reach Program

    2023 competition is CLOSED

    Supports teams of researchers and research users to disseminate research evidence with those who can directly benefit from it in order to impact health and care in BC.

Partnered funding

  • CIHR Strengthening the Health Workforce for System Transformation

    2023 competition is OPEN

    Through a partnership with CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, this funding opportunity supports research that strengthens the health workforce, led by teams who will inform the implementation, evaluation, spread, and scale of evidence-informed workforce solutions that address system level challenges.

    Webinar: June 27, 2023  |  Registration deadline: October 5, 2023 

  • BC Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (BC NEIHR) Pilot Project Grants

    2023 competition is CLOSED

    Through a partnership with BC NEIHR, this funding opportunity supports Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) early career researchers to improve the competitiveness of Indigenous researchers in CIHR and other research competitions.

    Deadline: August 31, 2023

  • Match funding


    We offer match funding to qualifying BC-based researchers and research teams applying to non-BC government-funded research competitions that require applicants to source match funding as a condition of the application.

  • Partnered awards


    We partner with organizations across BC to co-fund successful applications from Michael Smith Health Research BC competitions. Partners are listed in our funding application forms, where applicants can express interest in receiving a partnered Health Research BC award.

How to apply

Applications to our funding competitions are coordinated through Health Research BC ApplyNet, an online grants management system that allows users to manage their entire award lifecycle, from application submission to post-award monitoring. The application submission process typically involves both applicants and third parties (e.g. deans, department heads, supervisors, references, etc.).

Note: If you and/or any of your third parties (e.g. department head, dean, supervisors, referees, etc.) have ever applied for funding from Health Research BC and you do not know your login and/or password information, please contact our Help Desk at helpdesk@healthresearchbc.ca.

Health Research BC ApplyNet quick start guides

  • Registration

  • Drafting Your Full Application

  • Resetting Your Password

  • Third Party Forms

  • Applicant Portal Homepage

  • Host Institution Approval

  • Completing the Eligibility Quiz

  • Peer Review Stage 1: Conflicts and Preferences

  • Drafting Your Letter of Intent

  • Peer Review Stage 2: Pre-Meeting Scores and Comments


Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

We have a strategic commitment to fostering a more equitable, diverse and inclusive health research system in BC.

Diversity in research is important to cultivating talent and promoting inclusive excellence, which in turn drives discovery and helps build a more equitable health research system.

We are taking a number of actions to advance EDI in our health research funding programs, policies, processes and strategic initiatives.


Our Help Desk staff are standing by to answer your questions.

Help Desk hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST, Monday to Friday (excluding holidays).

helpdesk@healthresearchbc.ca  |  604.714.6609 (toll-free: 1.866.673.4722)