The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada's major federal funding agency for health research. Its objective is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. The CIHR Institutes support individuals, groups and communities of researchers for the purpose of implementing, within its mandate, the objective of the CIHR.
Since its inception, CIHR's Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) has attempted to respond to the myriad of challenges entailed in its broad mandate.
This has meant moving rapidly and simultaneously on a number of fronts, to address problems and opportunities relating to:
- health services and policy research capacity in the country
- the research resources needed to undertake high quality, relevant research
- research gaps and emerging issues
- the CIHR-wide priority being placed on timely knowledge translation