CIHR in Numbers 2015–16

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the largest funder of health research in Canada, supporting over 13,000 world-class researchers from all pillars of health research and from all regions of Canada.

The following graphs provide a breakdown of CIHR’s investments.

Figure 1: CIHR Fiscal Year Investments by Primary Theme 2001–16 (in millions of dollars)

  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
  • Primary theme designation is determined by the grantee at the time of application
Figure 1 long description
Primary Theme 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16
Biomedical $160 $250 $312 $354 $381 $419 $439 $444 $474 $463 $475 $458 $455 $454 $471 $459
Clinical $27 $47 $64 $69 $77 $82 $85 $101 $110 $126 $129 $130 $129 $130 $134 $132
Health systems/services $5 $16 $25 $32 $36 $36 $34 $42 $48 $56 $58 $57 $64 $61 $67 $73
Social/cultural/environmental/population health $9 $25 $38 $48 $57 $60 $69 $84 $85 $91 $91 $91 $92 $90 $90 $82
Not applicable/specified $168 $157 $148 $144 $155 $161 $172 $255 $199 $195 $213 $215 $201 $210 $197 $227
Total $370 $495 $587 $647 $705 $758 $800 $927 $917 $929 $967 $951 $941 $944 $960 $973

Figure 2: CIHR Investments by Primary Theme 2015–16 (in millions of dollars)

  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
  • Primary theme designation is determined by the grantee at the time of application
Figure 2 long description
Primary Theme 2015–16 Percentage Breakdown
Biomedical $459 47%
Clinical $132 14%
Health systems/services $73 8%
Social/cultural/environmental/population health $82 8%
Not applicable/specified $227 23%
Total $973 100%

Figure 3: CIHR Fiscal Year Investments by Funding Type 2001–16 (in millions of dollars)

  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
Figure 3 long description
Funding Type 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16
Investigator initiated $311 $398 $450 $474 $512 $545 $568 $606 $591 $599 $651 $639 $640 $642 $691 $680
Priority driven $59 $97 $136 $173 $193 $213 $231 $321 $326 $331 $316 $311 $301 $302 $269 $292
Total $370 $495 $587 $647 $705 $758 $800 $927 $917 $929 $967 $951 $941 $944 $960 $973

Figure 4: CIHR Investments by Region (cumulative totals from 2000–01 to 2015–16)

  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
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Region CIHR Expenditures Number of New and Ongoing Funded Applications
Alberta $1,069M 4,431
British Columbia $1,439M 5,979
Manitoba $284M 1,410
New Brunswick $13M 171
Newfoundland and Labrador $61M 414
Northwest Territories $0.48M 6
Nova Scotia $283M 1,357
Ontario $4,624M 17,763
Prince Edward Island $7M 83
Quebec $3,212M 12,794
Saskatchewan $134M 832
Direct Payments $1,742M 7,747

Figure 5: CIHR Investments – International Linkages 2001–16

  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
Figure 5 long description
Continent 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16
Africa 1 1 6 8 6 7 10 9 13 18 38 49 42 51 45 37
Asia 0 0 8 16 9 6 26 51 81 108 93 83 66 66 60 45
Europe 18 34 45 48 77 120 127 121 153 185 176 205 207 200 212 162
North America 78 102 126 140 163 191 203 192 241 216 228 257 287 286 321 283
Oceania 6 7 14 17 29 36 42 47 51 66 57 64 66 61 70 72
South America 0 0 3 6 3 4 6 4 11 12 17 22 20 20 25 16
Total number of international grants 116 154 208 265 319 395 434 449 539 568 587 609 604 579 577 487
Total number of CIHR grants 3717 4620 4856 5248 5283 5729 5697 5779 6386 6263 6300 5901 5712 5335 5141 4783
Percentage (%) of total CIHR grants with international linkages 3% 3% 4% 5% 6% 7% 8% 8% 8% 9% 9% 10% 11% 11% 11% 10%

Figure 6: CIHR Investments by Program Type 2001–16 (in millions of dollars)

  • CRC – Canada Research Chairs
  • CERC – Canada Excellence Research Chairs
  • NCE – Networks of Centres of Excellence
  • CECR – Centre of Excellence in Commercialization Research
  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
Figure 6 long description
Program Sub-type 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 Total 2000–16 Percentage 2000–16
Grants $278 $374 $447 $496 $538 $576 $609 $658 $712 $708 $734 $721 $717 $720 $738 $741 $9,767 76
Training and career support $61 $74 $80 $79 $81 $82 $81 $82 $85 $101 $101 $95 $89 $88 $87 $99 $1,365 11
CRC/CERC $6 $21 $34 $46 $61 $73 $82 $87 $88 $87 $93 $96 $96 $97 $96 $97 $1,160 9
NCE/CECR $24 $25 $25 $25 $25 $28 $28 $101 $32 $34 $39 $39 $38 $39 $38 $37 $575 4
Total $370 $495 $587 $647 $705 $758 $800 $927 $917 $929 $967 $951 $941 $944 $960 $973 $12,868 100

Figure 7: CIHR Cumulative Investments by Program Type 2001–16 (in millions of dollars)

  • CRC – Canada Research Chairs
  • CERC – Canada Excellence Research Chairs
  • NCE – Networks of Centres of Excellence
  • CECR – Centre of Excellence in Commercialization Research
  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
Figure 7 long description
Program Sub-type Total 2001–16 Percentage 2001–16
Grants $9,767 76
Training and career support $1,365 11
CRC/CERC $1,160 9
NCE/CECR $575 4
Total $12,868 100

Figure 8: Leveraged Partner Funding by Sector (in millions of dollars) (cumulative totals from 2001–16)

  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
  • Includes both competition and applicant partner contributions where there may or may not be a formal agreement with CIHR
Figure 8 long description
Sector Total 2001–16 Percentage (%)
Federal partners $648 35
Organizations funded by the Government of Canada $93 5
Provincial governments $133 7
Public/private organizations $478 26
International organizations $505 27
Total $1,857 100
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