Health Minister Terry Lake today announced $50 million in funding to support the ongoing work of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR).
“With the support of MSFHR and the provincial government, BC researchers are at the forefront of many fields,” said Dr. Diane Finegood, MSFHR president & CEO. “This investment will bolster BC’s capacity for world-class innovation that addresses our greatest health challenges.”
The funding signals a bright future for MSFHR and BC’s health research community. In addition to supporting existing research programs, this investment will enable MSFHR to move forward with several new initiatives, including:
a dedicated salary award program for health professionals;
a health policy fellowship program; and
targeted award programs that will enhance the dissemination of research evidence and support research and its application on health-system priorities.
Since 2001, the provincial government has provided approximately $450 million to support MSFHR. In this time, the Foundation has funded nearly 1,600 individual research awards and more than 70 research teams.