Canadian Institutes of Health Research

CIHR’s mandate is 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.”

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The faces of health research

CIHR's health research storybook, where you can read about the life-changing research happening right here in Canada – presented by researchers and patients in their own words.

Health research in action

Want to know more about the impact of health research? Discover stories about CIHR-funded research and how it is improving our lives.

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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.

Priority-Driven Research

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


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


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.


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

Discoveries for life

  • Health research in action
  • The faces of health research

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The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor

Minister of Health


Dr. Michael J. Strong

Incoming president, effective October 1, 2018

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