About us

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency.

CIHR was created in 2000 under the authority of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Act. It is an independent agency and is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Health.

Learn more about exciting discoveries that emerged from CIHR's first decade as an organization - Milestones in Canadian Health Research

Our mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system.

Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to health researchers and trainees across Canada.

CIHR is part of the Health Portfolio which supports the Minister of Health in maintaining and improving the health of Canadians. For more information on the Health Portfolio, visit Health Canada.

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