Areas of Science

CIHR updates Areas of Science descriptors through a standard iterative review process, based on feedback from the research community and the advice of Competition Chairs and peer reviewers. Please note that these descriptors were most recently updated in May 2017. While the full list below includes up-to-date terms, you can see which ones have been added or updated on the Summary of Changes to Areas of Science page.

Areas of Science – Level 1 Areas of Science - Level 2
Aging Aging Process and Biological Determinants of Aging
Aging Geriatric Medicine and Health Sciences
Aging Palliation & End of Life Care
Aging Social Determinants in Aging
Biomedical Engineering Biomaterials, Nanotechnology and Biomechanics
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Imaging
Biomedical Engineering Biophysics, Medical Technologies and Instrumentation
Biomedical Engineering Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering
Cancer Cancer Drug Development and Therapeutics
Cancer Cancer Progression and Metastasis
Cancer Clinical Oncology
Cancer Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis
Cancer Pediatrics
Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Circulatory Systems Cardiovascular and Circulatory Sciences
Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Circulatory Systems Cerebrovascular Sciences (including stroke)
Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Circulatory Systems Clinical and Translational Cardiovascular Sciences
Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Circulatory Systems Hematology
Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Circulatory Systems Respiratory Sciences
Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Circulatory Systems Respiratory System Pathologies and Clinical Interventions
Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Circulatory Systems Vascular and Endothelial Biology
Digestive, Endocrine and Excretory Systems Endocrinology
Digestive, Endocrine and Excretory Systems Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Digestive, Endocrine and Excretory Systems Metabolism and Disease (including Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolomics)
Digestive, Endocrine and Excretory Systems Nephrology and Urology
Digestive, Endocrine and Excretory Systems Nutritional Health Sciences
Genetics Bioinformatics
Genetics Clinical Genetics
Genetics Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics
Genetics Molecular and Functional Genetics and Epigenetics
Health Determinants Environmental Determinants of Health
Health Determinants Etiology of Disease and Conditions
Health Determinants Epidemiology
Health Services and Systems Access to Care
Health Services and Systems Emergency Care and Critical Care
Health Services and Systems Healthcare Effectiveness & Outcomes
Health Services and Systems Healthcare Information Technology Research
Health Services and Systems Healthcare Safety & Quality Improvement
Health Services and Systems Healthcare Systems & Health Economics Research
Health Services and Systems Knowledge Translation Research and Implementation Science
Health Services and Systems Management of Chronic Diseases and Conditions
Health Services and Systems Patient and Citizen Engagement Research
Health Services and Systems Personalized Medicine
Immunology and Infection Antimicrobial Drug Resistance, Drug Discovery and Therapeutics (including vaccines)
Immunology and Infection Antiviral Drug Resistance, Viral Vaccine Development and Therapeutics (including vaccines)
Immunology and Infection Immunology and Autoimmune Diseases (including rheumatology)
Immunology and Infection Infectious Diseases
Immunology and Infection Microbiology and Pathogenesis (including Microbiomics)
Immunology and Infection Transplantation, Immune Tolerance and Tumor Immunology
Immunology and Infection Virology
Indigenous Health Indigenous Knowledge
Indigenous Health Indigenous Peoples' Health
Mental Health and Behavioural Conditions Applied Behavioural Neurology
Mental Health and Behavioural Conditions Mental Health and Addiction
Mental Health and Behavioural Conditions Psychology and Psychiatry
Methods Development and Modelling Biostatistics
Methods Development and Modelling Computational Biology
Methods Development and Modelling Qualitative Methods Development for Health Research
Methods Development and Modelling Quantitative Methods Development for Health Research
Molecular, Cellular and Systems Biology Biochemistry
Molecular, Cellular and Systems Biology Cell Biology and Physiology
Molecular, Cellular and Systems Biology Cell Differentiation
Molecular, Cellular and Systems Biology Cell Signaling
Molecular, Cellular and Systems Biology Molecular Biology
Molecular, Cellular and Systems Biology Structure and Function of Macromolecules
Molecular, Cellular and Systems Biology Systems Biology
Musculoskeletal Health Bone, Skin and Cartilage Sciences
Musculoskeletal Health Oral Health
Musculoskeletal Health Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
Musculoskeletal Health Skeletal Muscle Biology and Physiology
Neurosciences Cognition, Communication and Behaviour (including sleep and memory)
Neurosciences Motor Systems
Neurosciences Neural Circuits and Systems
Neurosciences Neural Excitability and Synapse
Neurosciences Neurodegeneration
Neurosciences Neurodevelopment
Neurosciences Neuroinflammation
Neurosciences Neurogenesis, Neurodifferentiation and Plasticity
Neurosciences Neurological disorders
Neurosciences Sensory Systems (including visual, auditory and pain)
Pharmacological, Toxicological and Pharmaceutical Sciences Drug Action, Toxicology and Metabolism
Pharmacological, Toxicological and Pharmaceutical Sciences Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery
Pharmacological, Toxicological and Pharmaceutical Sciences Translational and clinical pharmacology
Population and Health Global Health
Population and Health Health Equity
Population and Health Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Population and Health Humanities and Social Sciences in Health and Health Research
Population and Health Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Health, Health Systems and Health Research
Population and Health Nutritional Health Sciences
Population and Health Population Health Intervention Research
Population and Health Psychosocial, Sociocultural and Behavioral Determinants of Health
Reproduction and Development Clinical Embryology, Neonatalogy, and Pediatrics
Reproduction and Development Developmental Biology and Organogenesis
Reproduction and Development Fertility and Maternal Health
Reproduction and Development Reproductive Sciences
Sex-and-Gender Health Sex-and-Gender-Based Analysis - Clinical, Health Systems and Population Health Research
Sex-and-Gender Health Sex Differences in Cells, Tissues and Animals
Youth Health Environmental, Developmental and Social Factors
Youth Health Prevention, Treatment and Support
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