Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Program

The Michael Smith Health Research BC Health Professional-Investigator Program helps close the gap between health research and its implementation. The purpose of Health Research BC’s Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) program is to support health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to conduct and apply research relevant to health and the health system, with the aim of closing the gap between health research and its implementation. The HP-I program achieves this by contributing to the award recipient’s salary to protect time for research, and/or by defraying the cost of research personnel directly associated with the award recipient’s proposed research project.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Commit to spending a minimum of 50% of their time conducting research for the duration of the award.
  • Be based in BC and affiliated with a BC host institution that has a signed MoU with MSFHR to administer the award funds for the duration of the HP-I award. The appointment must allow the applicant to:
    • Apply for and hold research funding.
    • Engage in independent research activities.
    • Publish their research results.
  • Not currently hold, or have previously held an MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator or Scholar award, or currently hold an MSFHR Innovation to Commercialization award.
  • Have met all reporting requirements (including final financial statements) for previously and currently held MSFHR (now Michael Smith Health Research BC) funding

New for 2022 competition: 

  • The letter of intent (LOI) stage of the 2022 competition will involve an eligibility check only and will not include a competitive peer review. Please note: applicants still need to complete the LOI stage.
  • The 2022 HP-I application process to include a patient and community review. The BC SUPPORT Unit, which is now part of Health Research BC, will support patient and community review and work with applicants to develop patient and community engagement in their research programs. Applicants are encouraged to read the Guidelines document for information

 

Award Amount

The HP-I award provides full or partial salary contributions of up to $90,000 per annum for five years, inclusive of benefits. The award may support the salary of the award recipient or the salary of designated individuals directly related to the conduct of the award recipient’s research activities

 

Key competition dates

April 29, 2022, 4:30 p.m. PTLOI Deadline. No SFU Signature Sheet required at LOI stage. Applicant (not ORS) submits LOI to the agency. 

June 20, 2022, 4:30 p.m. PTFull application Deadline. The full application must be in "submit mode" on the portal and the SFU Signature Sheet must be sent to ors@sfu.ca by this date. Please be aware that ApplyNet does NOT accept applications after this deadline. An administrative review period will be available before the final submission to MSFHR. 

* LOI and full applications must be submitted online through Health Research BC ApplyNet.

 

Webinar:   https://www.msfhr.org/1/fundingprogram/health-professional-investigator-hp-i-program#funding-webinar

Website: https://www.msfhr.org/1/fundingprogram/health-professional-investigator-hp-i-program#funding-resources

Upcoming Deadlines

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April 29, 2023April 29, 2023 *
16:00:00 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Program The Michael Smith Health Research BC Health Professional-Investigator Program helps close the gap between health research and its implementation. The purpose of the Health Research BC Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) program is to support health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to conduct and apply research relevant to health and the health system, with the aim of closing the gap between health research and its implementation. Please see the funding opportunity link for more information. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.

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