BC funding partnership enables critical COVID-19 vaccine research in BC

March 11, 2021 – The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Genome BC and the BCCDC Foundation for Public Health invite Expressions of Interest to rapidly address COVID-19 vaccine questions for British Columbians

To date, four COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use in Canada and priority populations are already receiving their vaccinations. However, critical questions remain around the vaccines’ performance, access, and public perception that need evidence-based answers from BC researchers.

As research funders, MSFHR, Genome BC, and the BCCDC Foundation have joined forces to support BC-based research that addresses, and implements solutions for, knowledge gaps around COVID-19 vaccination.

BC researchers who are able to rapidly address knowledge gaps and urgently implement evidence are invited to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) that answer seven priority questions aligned with the work of the BC COVID-19 Strategic Advisory Committee (SRAC):

  1. What is the long-term effectiveness of vaccination in preventing illness and infection?
  2. What is the effectiveness of vaccination in reducing transmission?
  3. What can we learn about the immune response to vaccination using real world data?
  4. How do we monitor and evaluate safety following immunization?
  5. What concerns do people or communities in British Columbia have about vaccines and how can we counter misinformation?
  6. How equitable is vaccine distribution in BC (urban, rural, and remote settings) and how can we overcome barriers to equitable distribution?
  7. How could new considerations (e.g. variants, supply) affect implementation strategies?

Learn more and apply

EOIs must be submitted by March 25, 2021 at 5pm PT and will be reviewed by an internal committee and select applicants will be invited to submit full proposals for an April 15 deadline.

We recognize that there can be challenges to meeting an accelerated timeline and deadline extensions may be considered for those with caregiving responsibilities, experiencing or recovering from illness, or other extenuating circumstances. For questions, please contact covid19@genomebc.ca.

As BC’s health research funding agency, MSFHR designs funding programs to develop, retain, and attract the people whose research improves the health of British Columbians, addresses health system priorities, creates jobs, and adds to the knowledge economy. Together with our partners, we are poised to respond to BC’s emerging health needs and priorities.

MSFHR recognizes that BC’s successful response to COVID-19 involves policy approaches anchored in science. We are using the information gathered through our extensive outreach to create programs and activities that will enable innovative, cross-disciplinary researchers and teams to produce the science and evidence British Columbians need to stay healthy.