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MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund


The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is now launching the first of several funding calls for BC researchers. The focus of this first call will be on high-quality research that evaluates BC’s response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and informs ongoing response, especially strategies for avoiding or mitigating subsequent waves of transmission. Future calls will address other research gaps.


  • The MSFHR COVID-19 Research Response Fund – Funding Call #1 will provide award amounts of up to $150,000, for a maximum duration of 12 months.
  • Extraordinary requests above $150,000 will be considered but will require additional justification to exceed the limit.


Researchers or research teams interested in applying to this first call should have projects that address one or more of the following:

  • Rapid evaluation and/or modeling of public health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to support decisions around when to withdraw these measures or redeploy them at a future date.
  • BC population-specific epidemiologic support for decision-makers including the identification of strategies to prevent high burdens of illness among key/vulnerable groups (e.g., residents of long-term care facilities, inner-city populations, Indigenous people, health care workers, etc.).
  • Human geographic considerations in BC including rurality, community, culture and population movement with a view to preventing transmission and mitigating effects.
  • The identification and mitigation of the impacts of the pandemic and pandemic response including the secondary effects on the health of the population of BC.
  • The impacts of rapid health service redesign and redeployment on health outcomes in BC.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Deadline: May 19, 2020
Official Link: https://www.msfhr.org/news/features/msfhr-launches-covid-19-research-response-fund-first-call-proposals