Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

In 2015, the Tri-Agencies released a harmonized open access policy on publications that helps to achieve greater access to research publications and data. This policy will promote the ability of researchers in Canada and abroad to use and build on the knowledge needed to address significant health challenges. Open access enables authors to reach a much broader audience, which has the potential to increase the impact of their research. From a knowledge translation perspective, this policy will support our desire to expedite awareness of and facilitate the use of research findings by increasing access to research.

PubMed Central Canada

PubMed Central (PMC) Canada is a national web-based repository of health and life sciences research publications. It is a stable, bilingual, and freely accessible permanent digital archive of full-text peer-reviewed publications. Only CIHR-funded researchers can deposit publications; however anyone can browse and download articles for free.

Access to Research Results: Guiding Principles

In 2010, the Tri-Agencies released a commitment to develop a shared approach for improving access to the results of publicly funded research in keeping with internationally recognized best practices, standards and policies for funding and conducting research.

Digital Scholarship

In 2013, the Tri-Agencies and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), in collaboration with Genome Canada, produced a consultation document on addressing challenges and advancing digital scholarship in Canada.

Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management

In June 2015, the Tri-Agencies posted a draft Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management on the science.gc.ca website for public feedback. The objective of this Statement of Principles is to promote excellence in digital data management practices and data stewardship in Agency-funded research. A finalized version of the Statement of Principles, incorporating and addressing feedback received, is anticipated to be released in early 2016.


In keeping with the integration of KT into CIHR’s processes and programs, KT and commercialization have been integrated throughout CIHR’s new strategic plan. CIHR is currently working on developing refreshed KT and commercialization strategies, aligned with commitments in Health Research Roadmap II: Capturing Innovation to Produce Better Health and Health Care for Canadians.

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