Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada's health research investment agency. Our mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system.

We are part of the Health Portfolio and we work together to maintain and improve the health of Canadians.



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About us

Research has the power to change lives. As Canada's health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.


Find out how to apply for funding for health research, including application process, policies and requirements, forms, the review process, decisions, and more.


Learn about the 13 "virtual" institutes, and the integrated approach that brings together researchers, health professionals, policy-makers, industry and patient groups.

College of Reviewers

Through the College of Reviewers, CIHR aims to enhance the current peer review system by systematizing reviewer recruitment to identify and mobilize the appropriate expertise for the review of all funding applications.

Priority-Driven Research

Initiatives created by the Government of Canada to investigate pressing health issues that are of strategic importance to our country.


Discover the activities we undertake in order to engage stakeholder communities and citizens, promote a culture of ethics and integrity in health research, and collaborate with other Federal research funding organizations.

Health research in action

Learn how the research that we fund contributes to improved health and health care for Canadians.

What we are doing


Health Research in Action

Improving health and health care for Canadians.

College of Reviewers

Enhancing the current peer review system.

Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research


Ensuring that the right patient receives the right clinical intervention at the right time.

Corporate information

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