Five year strategic plan: Roadmap

Since its inception, CIHR has taken significant steps to foster research excellence and advance health innovation in Canada. Our previous strategic plan, Health Research Roadmap: Creating innovation health research for better health and health care (2009), provided a strong vision for the Canadian health research enterprise. It ushered in a wave of transformations at CIHR with the introduction of a number of ground-breaking initiatives, including the reforms of the investigator-initiated Open Suite of Programs and peer review processes, Canada’s Strategy on Patient-Oriented Research and priority-driven Signature Initiatives. With continued support for these initiatives, CIHR is now in a strong position to build on its achievements and continue the transformation it began five years ago.

It is with great pleasure that I introduce CIHR’s new strategic plan for 2014/15 – 2018/19, Health Research Roadmap II: Capturing Innovation to Produce Better Health and Health Care (Roadmap II). Roadmap II builds on Canada’s reputation as a world leader in health research excellence, and embraces new ways of working with partners and stakeholders through a dynamic framework for research investment. It sets three strategic directions that will enable CIHR to provide researchers with the freedom and autonomy to pursue new ideas, mobilize research communities to focus on health priorities that are relevant to Canadians, and maximize the value and impact of its investments.

I would like to thank all those who contributed to the development of Roadmap II and look forward to working with all members of the Canadian health research enterprise to create a sustainable future that is responsive to change, and geared towards transformation and impact in health.

Alain Beaudet, MD, PhD
President

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