Maximizing the impact of health research: MSFHR funds knowledge translation activities for 32 research teams
29 September 2021
MSFHR’s funding for 32 research teams through the 2021 Convening & Collaborating (C2) and Reach competitions will create pathways from research evidence to practice and help ensure that cutting-edge health research can directly improve health outcomes for people and communities in British Columbia.
These collaborative teams consisting of researchers, trainees, and research users are investigating a wide range of research areas that address health challenges facing many populations in BC including equitable access to women’s health, overdose among formerly incarcerated people, co-creation of long-term care and assisted living research priorities, diabetes prevention for Indigenous communities, identification and use of self-management apps for bipolar disorder, and destigmatizing HIV.
Almost 50 percent of the awardees are based outside the Lower Mainland at institutions including health authorities (Island Health, Interior Health, Northern Health, and Fraser Health among others), and large and small universities across the province (such as University of Victoria, University of Northern British Columbia, and Thompson Rivers University).
The C2 Program helps make research happen by supporting researchers, trainees, and those with lived experience to co-develop research that can have a direct impact on patients and the public. Co-developing research in this way ensures the research’s relevancy and can increase the likelihood of leveraging the award into additional funding from national and international sources.
MSFHR’s Reach Program helps disseminate research by funding teams to share research evidence with people who can directly benefit from it, with the goal of impacting health and care in BC. Research teams are often made up of clinicians, youth, patient partners, and trainees.
As BC’s health research funding agency, we design our funding programs to develop, retain, and attract the talented people whose research improves the health of British Columbians, addresses health system priorities, creates jobs, and adds to the knowledge economy. Through our knowledge translation awards, we support researchers in teaming up with health professionals, patients, and researchers in training to move research evidence into policy and practice.