Reach program

The Michael Smith Health Research BC Reach Program promotes knowledge translation (KT) activities by supporting researchers and research users* in disseminating research evidence through co-developing events, activities and/or tools to “extend the reach” of their work.

This helps teams “reach” audiences who can directly use the knowledge to ultimately improve health and care for British Columbians and their communities. Reach awards also help build KT capacity, experience and skills in BC’s research and health professional trainees.

Researchers who need support to disseminate their research through projects like a social media initiative, patient forum or a learning curriculum should consider applying to the Reach 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

    Up to $15,000

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 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 co-development of a research question or process (i.e. integrated KT activities occurring earlier in the research process), consider applying for our C2 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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