The CIHR Act outlines a framework for the organizational establishment of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), its governance infrastructure, responsibilities of the President and Governing Council and establishment of the CIHR Institutes.
CIHR is led by its President. Overall strategic directions are set by its Governing Council, which has a mandate to oversee the direction and management of the property, business and affairs of CIHR. The President of CIHR also serves as the Chair of Governing Council.
The Science Council (SC) is a management committee that develops, implements and reports on CIHR's research and knowledge translation strategy, in accordance with the CIHR Act and the overarching strategic directions set out by Governing Council. This includes approving funding for all research and knowledge translation initiatives.
Day-to-day management of CIHR is led by the Executive Management Committee.
CIHR has created a University Delegates' Network to keep the health research community informed of directions, initiatives and decisions of CIHR, and solicit their active participation or awareness.
In 2011, Governing Council commissioned a comprehensive review of the organization by an International Review Panel. The purpose of the external review was to ensure that we have been effective in fulfilling our mandate as outlined in the CIHR Act.
CIHR’s Governing Council is conducting an Institutes Model Review. This Review will assess the structure, role, policies, financial framework and slate of the CIHR Institutes to ensure that they can effectively respond to current and emerging health research challenges, while considering whether Institutes are well positioned to take advantage of national and international scientific opportunities to help CIHR deliver on its mandate.
CIHR consists of 13 "virtual" institutes and three business portfolios. The Institutes and the portfolios work together to deliver our mandate.
CIHR's institutes bring together all partners in the research process – the people who fund research, those who carry it out and those who use its results – to share ideas and focus on what Canadians need: good health and the means to prevent disease and fight it when it happens. Each institute supports a broad spectrum of research in its topic areas and, in consultation with its stakeholders, sets priorities for research in those areas.
CIHR has three business portfolios:
Research, Knowledge Translation and Ethics (RKTE) is responsible for the design, development and administration of CIHR's funding programs and corporate science policies. RKTE consists of:
- Investigator-Initiated Research
- Priority-Driven Research
- Science, Knowledge Translation and Ethics
- College of Reviewers
- Operations Support
External Affairs and Business Development (EABD) engages stakeholders, builds partnerships and supports CIHR's Institutes in order to maximize the impact of Canadian health research. EABD consists of:
- Partnerships and Citizen Engagement
- PAN - Institute Affairs and Initiatives
- Communications and Public Outreach
- Strategic Policy and External Relations
Resource Planning and Management (RPM) oversees CIHR's finances, human resources, and information technology and monitors and reports on our performance. RPM consistes of:
- Human Resources
- Information Management, Technology and Security (IMTS)
- Performance and Accountability
- Legal Affairs & Strategic Issues