Best Brains Exchanges

CIHR’s Best Brains Exchange (BBE) program, founded in 2008, is a knowledge mobilization program which brings together senior policy makers, researchers, implementation experts and key stakeholders to discuss high-priority, health-related topics identified by policy makers with the goal of supporting the integration of research evidence into policy. CIHR organizes BBEs in partnership with policy makers at the Federal, Provincial/Territorial, multi-jurisdictional and international levels. BBEs are planned in collaboration with CIHR’s Institutes and Initiatives.

The objectives of the BBE Program are to:

  • Provide senior policy makers with high-quality, timely and accessible research evidence and advice from leading researchers and implementation expertsFootnote *;
  • Engage policy makers and researchers in an open dialogue around the applicability of the evidence to the current policy context; and
  • Foster the development of relationships between policy makers, researchers and implementation experts.

CIHR encourages and may recommend that policy partners conduct a rapid review as part of their evidence-gathering process.

Initially developed to enhance CIHR’s capacity to engage with provincial and territorial ministries of health, the program expanded to include Federal Health Portfolio policy maker partners in 2010. In 2019, the program expanded further to include events held in partnership with Canadian and International policy makers. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CIHR shifted the delivery of the BBE program to a virtual platform.

For more information about the program, or to obtain an application form, please contact CIHR’s Best Brains Exchange Team:

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