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General Information

Background

CIHR is the Government of Canada's premier health research funding agency. It was created in June 2000 by the CIHR Act with a mandate "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".

At CIHR's inception, 13 institutes were created:

CIHR reports to Parliament through the Minister of Health and plays a key role in the Health Portfolio, the focal point for the Government of Canada’s health–related activities. As Canada’s health research funding agency, CIHR makes an essential contribution to the Minister of Health’s overall responsibilities by funding the research and knowledge translation needed to inform the evolution of Canadian health policy and regulation.

Responsibilities

The Institutes are not "bricks-and-mortar" buildings but communities of experts. In its topic area, each of CIHR's 13 Institutes supports a broad spectrum of research: biomedical, clinical, health services and systems, and population and public health. Institutes form national research networks linking researchers, funders and knowledge users across Canada to work on priority areas. This innovative structure has been hailed as a global best practice and supports a solution-focused, multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to health research.

CIHR is run by a President and a Governing Council of up to 18 members. The Governing Council sets the overall strategic direction, goals and policies. It establishes, maintains, and terminates Health Research Institutes and determines the mandate of each. As outlined in the legislation, the Governing Council is responsible for the management of the CIHR, including: developing its strategic directions, goals and policies; evaluating its overall performance, including with respect to achievement of its objective; approving its budget; establishing a peer review process for research proposals made to the CIHR; approving funding for research; approving other expenditures to carry out its objective; establishing policies respecting consulting and collaborating with persons and organizations that have an interest in health research; and dealing with any other matter that the Governing Council considers related to the affairs of the CIHR.

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

CHIR has five key program activities:

CIHR has three business portfolios:

Research and Knowledge Translation (RKT) is responsible for the design, development and administration of CIHR's funding programs and corporate science policies. RKT consists of:

Public, Government and Institute Affairs (PGIA) engages stakeholders, builds partnerships and supports CIHR's Institutes in order to maximize the impact of Canadian health research. PGIA consists of:

Resource Planning and Management (RPM) oversees CIHR's finances, human resources, and information technology and monitors and reports on our performance. RPM consists of:

Information Holdings

Canada on the Move: Step One

Description: Information about a 'natural experiment' conducted by the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD). The purpose is to collect voluntary feedback from members of the public using pedometers. The information gathered will be used to further INMD's strategic priority in obesity and healthy body weight research.

Document Types: Aggregate data; administration of the project; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 420

Canada on the Move: Step One (CMSO)

Career Investigators

Description: Originally called the Associateship Program, the Career Investigators program was established in 1956 as a means of providing funds for salaries of a limited number of individuals of outstanding ability and training who made research a full-time career. All awards were discontinued in the year 2000.

Document Types: Individual career investigator applications; committee decisions; administration of the award; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 055

CIHR Genomics Research Program

Description: This program has as its objective the analysis of the human and other selected genomes and proteomes, including the development of related technologies and bioinformatics, and the study of corresponding medical, ethical, legal and social issues.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the grant; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 305

Special Programs Application, Assessment Records and Other Programs

CIHR Research Resource Grant Program

Description: Through this program, it is the intent of CIHR to support research-enabling environments by providing funding for core resources for research conducted by an individual, a team or consortia of productive researcher(s). The specific objectives of the program are to ensure that research resources are deployed in a cost effective manner; to increase researcher(s) productivity; to increase the effectiveness of federal research funding and to enhance collaboration among researchers.

Document Types: Individual applications; reviews by external referees; committee assessment; notification and administration of grant; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 040

Awards Applicants and Committee Records
Grants Applicants and Committee Records
Lists of External Referees

CIHR Team Grant Program (this replaces Group Grants and Interdisciplinary Health Research Teams (IHRTs))

Description: The objective of the program is to strengthen Canadian health research by supporting teams of talented and experienced researchers conducting high-quality research and providing superior research training and mentorship. The program emphasis is on the production of new knowledge, and the translation of research findings into improvements in the health of Canadians and the Canadian health care system.

Document Types: Applications; reviews by external reviewers; committee assessment; notification and administration of grant; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 035

Applicants' History Sheets and Notification of Award

Clinician-Scientist Awards

Description: Clinician-Scientist Awards are offered to highly qualified and motivated clinicians who have been identified by a Canadian medical or dental school as having strong potential to become clinician-scientists.

Document Types: Applications; committee assessment; notification and administration of the award; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 165

Awards Applicants and Committee Records

Collaborative Agreements

Description: Information related to CIHR's Partnership Research Program which aims to increase the number of grants, awards for training and other forms of salary support.

Document Types: Various agreements between CIHR and pharmaceutical companies, non-profit organizations and Government.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 240

Applicants' History Sheets and Notification of Award
Grants Applicants and Committee Records
Lists of External Referees
Partnerships Grants and Awards Application and Assessment Records

Doctoral Research Awards

Description: Doctoral Research Awards are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in the health sciences in Canada or abroad.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the award; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 300

Applicants' History Sheets and Notification of Award
Awards Applicants and Committee Records
Grants Applicants and Committee Records

Ethics Office

Description: Information related to policies, guidelines, committees and workshops.

Document Types: Policies; guidelines; committees.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 275

Compliance - Integrity in Research and Scholarship

Fields of Research

Description: Information on speciality areas of health research for which CIHR has some responsibility.

Document Types: Research in the fields of dentistry; schools of pharmacy; psychology; occupational health and safety; gerontology; surgery and veterinary medicine; space research; mental research; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 115

Fund for Research in the Fields of Dyskinesia and Torticollis

Description: The Fund is used for the support of basic and/or clinical research, in the broad field of movement disorders known as dyskinesia and more particularly for research in the movement disorder known as torticollis.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the grant; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 111

Special Programs Application, Assessment Records and Other Programs

Health Professional Student Research Awards (formerly known as the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Student Research Awards)

Description: A number of awards will be provided each year to each Canadian school of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, ophthalmology, nursing, midwifery, audiology / speech language pathology, dietetics, occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine, physiotherapy, athletic therapy, respiratory therapy, social work and clinical psychology programs to enable health professional students to gain exposure to research at any time throughout the year.

Document Types: Deans' reports; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 085

Awards Applicants and Committee Records

Health Research Programs of Excellence

Description: These programs are trans-disciplinary research programs representing at least two of the four themes of health research, with an emphasis on research translation between the themes, and focused on an important health problem.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions, administration of the grant; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 425

Applicants' History Sheets and Notification of Award
Grants Applicants and Committee Records
Lists of External Referees

Institutional Establishment and Development Grant

Description: To increase the capacity of all Canadian research institutions to undertake excellent health research. Accordingly, it announces a one-time opportunity for Institutional Grants, with two specific objectives: Establishment Grants: To facilitate the recruitment to Canadian institutions of excellent international health researchers, or Canadian citizens who have established their reputation for excellence in health research through careers developed outside Canada. Development Grants: To permit underdeveloped institutions to undertake activities increasing their competitiveness in applications for CIHR funding.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the grant; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 345

Applicants' History Sheets and Notification of Award
Grants Applicants and Committee Records
Lists of External Referees

Intellectual Property Management Program (IPM)

Description: This program accelerates the transfer of knowledge and technology residing in Canadian universities and hospitals for the benefit of Canada. IPM grants are intended to strengthen the ability of these institutions to manage their intellectual property, to attract potential users and to promote the professional development of intellectual property personnel. The ultimate goal is to contribute to the strengthening of Canada's competitiveness in a knowledge-based global economy. A joint participation with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Document Types: Individual applications to NSERC; committee decisions; administration of the grant; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 405

Applicants' History Sheets and Notification of Award
Grants Applicants and Committee Records
Lists of External Referees

Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) Team Grant Program

Description: This program is to provide support for new or existing groups who can demonstrate that they are committed to engendering a trans-disciplinary research culture and to attracting into, engaging and mentoring junior researchers (faculty and post-doctoral fellows not otherwise funded) or established researchers who have not worked extensively in health research in the past.

Document Types: Individuals' applications; committee decisions, administration of the grant; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 435

Applicants' History Sheets and Notification of Award
Grants Applicants and Committee Records
Lists of External Referees

International Scientific Exchanges

Description: CIHR participates in a number of exchange programs each with a separate agreement, which are intended to foster collaboration between scientists in Canada and those in Argentina, Brazil, the People's Republic of China, France and Italy.

Document Types: Applications; reviews by external referees; committee assessment; notification and administration of grants; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 185

Awards Applicants and Committee Records
Grants Applicants and Committee Records
Lists of External Referees

Investigators

Description: The program provides salary support for independent investigators who have made outstanding contributions and have demonstrated leadership in their field. It is intended for health researchers who, early in their career, have developed a reputation for excellence in research.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the award; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 060

Awards Applicants and Committee Records

Knowledge Creation Programs

Description: Information related to a series of CIHR's programs designed to support research projects and salaries of scientists.

Document Types: Grants and awards.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 285

MD/PHD Studentships

Description: Studentships are offered to students who are registered in a combined MD/PHD program at Canadian institutions that offer such a program.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the award; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 080

Awards Applicants and Committee Records

Michael Smith Awards for Research in Schizophrenia

Description: In honour of Dr. Michael Smith's scientific accomplishments and his lifelong promotion of science, CIHR offers Doctoral Research Awards, Postdoctoral Fellowship and New Investigator awards in his name.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the award; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 250

Awards Applicants and Committee Records

Michael Smith Prize in Health Research

Description: To honour Dr. Michael Smith, a Nobel Prize laureate, CIHR has established the Michael Smith Prize in Health Research.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the award; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 245

Applicants' History Sheets and Notification of Award
Grants Applicants and Committee Records
Lists of External Referees

New Investigators Awards

Description: This program is intended to provide the opportunity for new investigators to develop and demonstrate their independence in initiating and conducting health research.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the award; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 065

Awards Applicants and Committee Records

Operating Grants

Description: Information about operating grants to provide support for new or continuing research activities by individuals or small groups of investigators working in collaboration.

Document Types: Applications; reviews by external referees; committee assessment; notification and administration of grants; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 010

Applicants' History Sheets and Notification of Award
Grants Applicants and Committee Records
Lists of External Referees

Opportunity Program

Description: The Opportunity Program supported workshops, consensus conferences, strategic planning exercises and similar activities. The program was offered only in fiscal year 1999/2000.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the grant; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 315

Special Programs Application, Assessment Records and Other Programs

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Description: Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for highly qualified candidates to add to their experience by engaging in research either in Canada or abroad. A candidate must hold, or be completing, either a PhD or a health professional degree (or equivalent) in a field such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, nursing or rehabilitative science.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the award; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 075

Awards Applicants and Committee Records

President's Fund

Description: Information related to funds made available for grants and awards in support of projects that cannot benefit from the assistance available under the CIHR's regular programs.

Document Types: Individual requests; decisions; administration; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 270

Awards Applicants and Committee Records

Proof of Principle Program

Description: The objective of this program is to facilitate and improve the efficiency of the commercial transfer to knowledge and technology resulting from CIHR-funded grants and awards.

Document Types: Individual applications; reviews by external referees; committee assessments; notification and administration of grants; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 330

Applicants' History Sheets and Notification of Award
Grants Applicants and Committee Records
Lists of External Referees

Randomized Controlled Trials (formerly Clinical Trials)

Description: A randomized controlled trial (RCT) is a study involving humans where at least two interventions in health care (possibly including placebo or standard care) are compared using random allocation, statistical methodologies and blinding techniques.

Document Types: Applications; reviews by external referees; committee assessment; notification and administration of grants; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 160

Applicants' History Sheets and Notification of Award
Grants Applicants and Committee Records
Lists of External Referees

Science Writer Scholarships

Description: CIHR has established scholarships at both undergraduate and graduate levels to increase the number of Canadian science writers engaged in communicating the findings and implications of health research.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the award; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 365

Awards Applicants and Committee Records

Senior Investigators

Description: This program is designed to contribute to the salary of investigators of exceptional merit who are leaders in their field having more than ten years' experience as an independent investigator.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of award; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 255

Awards Applicants and Committee Records

Senior Research Fellowships

Description: Senior Research Fellowships are offered to outstanding candidates who have been identified by a Canadian institution as having strong potential to become an independent investigator.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the award; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 070

Awards Applicants and Committee Records

Short-term Exchange Grant

Description: Designed to facilitate cross-disciplinary training opportunities by providing financial support primarily to biomedical and health-associated researchers, for short-term (three months maximum) exchange visits to appropriate research centres for specialized training.

Document Types: Applications; reviews by the Institute of Genetics; committee assessment; notification and administration of grants; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 410

Special Projects

Description: CIHR will consider projects in those subject areas which do not fall within the terms of reference of any of its regular programs.

Document Types: Applications; reviews by external referees; committee assessment; notification and administration of grants; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 195

Awards Applicants and Committee Records
Grants Applicants and Committee Records
Lists of External Referees

Strategic Programs Announced through the Request for Application Process

Description: Strategic Programs refer to research funding and/or training initiatives related to CIHR priorities and designed to contribute to CIHR strategic initiatives. Strategic programs, particularly CIHR Institute funding opportunities are launched through Requests for Applications (RFAs) twice a year.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the initiative; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 500

Training Program Grants

Description: A CIHR Training Program consists of a group of excellent mentors/educators, accomplished in health research, who work collaboratively to offer a research training program of defined format and content to a group of trainees.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the grant; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 325

Applicants' History Sheets and Notification of Award
Grants Applicants and Committee Records
Lists of External Referees

Tri-Council Workshop/Networking Program

Description: The objective of this program was to help the research community to plan collaborative research projects to be submitted to CIHR and health-related programs of the granting councils.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the grant; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 310

Special Programs Application, Assessment Records and Other Programs

Workshops and Symposia

Description: Description: As part of CIHR's program for research in the health sciences, each Institute supports a limited number of applications for the support of workshops and certain types of symposia held in Canada.

Document Types: Individual applications; committee decisions; administration of the grant; general correspondence.

Record Number: CIHR CIHR 112

Internal Services

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; Acquisition Services; and Travel and Other Administrative Services. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Acquisitions

Acquisition Services involve activities undertaken to acquire a good or service to fulfil a properly completed request (including a complete and accurate definition of requirements and certification that funds are available) until entering into or amending a contract.

Communications Services

Communications Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that Government of Canada communications are effectively managed, well coordinated and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. The communications management function ensures that the public - internal or external - receives government information, and that the views and concerns of the public are taken into account in the planning, management and evaluation of policies, programs, services and initiatives.

Financial Management

Financial Management Services involve activities undertaken to ensure the prudent use of public resources, including planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, decision support and advice, and financial systems.

Human Resources Management

Human Resources Management Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, allocating resources among services and processes, as well as activities relating to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and/or plans.

Information Management

Information Management Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective information management to support program and service delivery; foster informed decision making; facilitate accountability, transparency, and collaboration; and preserve and ensure access to information and records for the benefit of present and future generations.

Information Technology

Information Technology Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity, and to enhance services to the public.

Legal Services

Legal Services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework.

Management and Oversight Services

Management and Oversight Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, and allocating resources among services and processes, as well as those activities related to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and/or plans.

Materiel

Materiel Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that materiel can be managed by departments in a sustainable and financially responsible manner that supports the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

Real Property

Real Property Services involve activities undertaken to ensure real property is managed in a sustainable and financially responsible manner, throughout its life cycle, to support the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

Travel and Other Administrative Services

Travel and Other Administrative Services include Government of Canada (GC) travel services, as well as those other internal services that do not smoothly fit with any of the internal services categories.

Manuals

Additional Information

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