Manitoba Medical Service Foundation
Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
Since its inception in 1971, the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF) has granted almost $22.8 Million to fund health research and education programs throughout the province.
MMSF funding supports personal and research grants, three professorships, a research fellowship, several memorial awards for excellence in research and poster awards. Funding also contributes to stipends for BSc Medicine and BSc Dental summer research program students.
From the beginning, Manitoba Blue Cross and the MMSF have been close partners. Manitoba Blue Cross covers all administrative expenses, allowing the Foundation’s investment income to go directly towards furthering research and education in Manitoba. In addition, Manitoba Blue Cross makes capital contributions as well as provides funding for a significant portion of the annual grants.
Over the years, MMSF funds have influenced the careers of some of the world’s leading scientists.
On top of grants and awards, the MMSF also provides emergency funds during times of crisis. In March 2020, when the pandemic was officially declared, the MMSF responded within days to an urgent funding request for a multi-centered trial led locally by Dr. Ryan Zarychanski, “Pre-emptive Therapy for SARS-Coronavirus-2: A Pragmatic Randomized Clinical Trial: COVID 19 PEP RCT.”
Due to gathering restrictions at this time, 50th anniversary celebrations have been delayed until 2022.
The Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF) provides funding to new Manitoba researchers and students, for the advancement of scientific knowledge, and other endeavors, in order to improve the health and well-being of all Manitobans.
The MMSF strives to be an important source of support for health-related research and education, in collaboration with other Manitoba organizations. We are inspired by the accomplishments of those who have received funding through the MMSF and their partners, and we look forward to continuing our mission of supporting health-related research and education in Manitoba.
In June 2017, research by a team from the MMSF, the University of Manitoba and the St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre was published in the journal Health Research Policy and Systems – BioMed Central, titled ‘An output evaluation of a health research foundation’s enhanced grant review process for new investigators’. Click here to view the research paper that assessed the MMSF Operating Grants competition.