Convening & Collaborating Program

The Michael Smith Health Research BC C2 Program promotes knowledge exchange and meaningful collaboration by supporting researchers, trainees and research users* in co-developing research that can directly impact patients and a diverse range of stakeholders.

Co-developing research by engaging with stakeholders helps ensure the research is relevant, and can increase the likelihood of leveraging the award into additional funding from national and international sources. It also helps build knowledge translation (KT) capacity, experience and skills in BC’s research and health professional trainees.

Researchers who need support to develop a research agenda, identify key research practice priorities or evaluate a peer support initiative should consider applying to the C2 Program.

*Research users might include patients, caregivers, health practitioners, government policy makers, health charities or the public.

  • This competition is


  • Important Dates

  • Applications open

    Spring 2023

  • Award Term

    18 months

  • Award Amount


Program details

  • Award term: 18 months (projects must be planned to be completed within 12 months).
  • Supports meaningful collaboration and knowledge sharing between health researchers and research users.
  • Supports the co-development of research questions and processes.
  • Builds knowledge translation (KT) capacity, experience and skills in BC’s research and health professional trainees.
  • New for 2022: Health Research BC is a signatory on the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). In keeping with the principles of DORA and best practices for responsible research assessment, applications should not list journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factor, article citation counts, or H-index.

Partnered awards are available for this program!

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Each team must include:

  • A minimum of one researcher and one research user as co-leads.
  • At least one BC research/health professional trainee (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral and/or clinical fellow) as a team member included in a meaningful way to enhance their knowledge translation experience and skills. The trainee may also fulfill the role as research user co-lead, if applicable.
  • The researcher co-lead must serve as the primary applicant, be based in BC and be affiliated with an eligible BC host institution that has a signed memorandum of understanding with Health Research BC (formerly known as MSFHR) to administer award funds.
  • All award funds must be used in BC.

If your intended KT activity is focused on the dissemination of research evidence (i.e. end-of-grant KT activities), consider applying for our Reach competition.

How to apply

Applications to our funding competitions are coordinated through Health Research BC's ApplyNet, our online grants management system that allows users to manage their entire award lifecycle, from application submission to post-award monitoring.

Log in to ApplyNet:

Learn more about Health Research BC's ApplyNet
View the Health Research BC ApplyNet quick start guides

Application resources

2022 Guidelines


2022 Evaluation Criteria


2022 Conditions of Award


Sample PDFs

2022 Sample Full Application


2022 Sample Research User Co-Lead


2022 Sample Third Party Department Head



The C2 and Reach information webinar has passed. See below for the recording and slides.

April 2022 webinar slides


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