MSI Foundation Call for LOIs

The M.S.I. Foundation is an Alberta-based health research funding organization fostering and supporting research into any aspect of the provision of health and allied services to the people of Alberta, and the promotion of matters of health in the interest of the people of Alberta. It derives its funding from an endowment established in 1970.

The M.S.I. Foundation was established 40 years ago on receiving the assets of the “Medical Services (Alberta) Incorporated”, which was disbanded when the Federal and Provincial “Medicare” programs were introduced.  Since that time the Foundation has contributed to approximately 300 research projects with a total value of more than $9,000.000.00.  For background information on the M.S.I. Foundation and the composition of the Board of Trustees, please go to the following website:

Letters of intent should not exceed two pages and should provide a brief description of the proposed research with expected outcomes, cost and an estimated time for completion.  Letters are due in the Foundation office by Friday, November 30, 2018 or must be courier-stamped by that date.

Only proposals meeting the following criteria will be considered:

  • Principal investigator is a novice or emerging Alberta investigator with no more than five years research experience. Principal investigators who do not hold a regular university appointment should normally have a co-applicant with such an appointment. Post-doctoral fellows and graduate students are not eligible. Preference will be given to principal investigators who do not already hold external salary awards for research or major research grants.
  • Studies must focus on health services or population health research in Alberta. The description of these two research areas outlined by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) will be used. Studies that involve health investigators and populations beyond the cities of Edmonton and Calgary, including rural Alberta, are encouraged.
  • In order to enhance the practical application of the research, the principal investigator must involve a user of research as a co-applicant (e.g. health service or population health manager or decision maker, practitioner group).

Research proposals with the potential to leverage funds from other sources will be viewed favourably.

Applicants will be notified as to the decision concerning their Letter of Intent by end of January 2019. At that time, successful candidates will be provided with formal application forms.

Contact MSI Foundation at: (780) 421-7532 or


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MSI Foundation
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Penny D'Agnone
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The value of the award is a maximum of $50,000.00 per year for no more than two years. The Foundation is committing $300,000.00 to $350,000.00 to this initiative.
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Friday, November 30, 2018
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