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Government of Canada invests $19.8M in high-tech health research projects that will deliver new devices, technology to Canadians

February 22, 2018 – Toronto, Ontario – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Science is that much stronger when diverse ideas are welcomed in the lab. When scientists from different disciplines work together, they are able to discover and innovate in ways that have a profound impact on our health and environment, our economy, and our communities.

Today, Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary for Science, announced $19.8 million in funding that will support stronger collaborations among health care, engineering and natural sciences researchers. It is hoped that these partnerships will lead to new devices and technologies to improve treatments for illnesses such as skin cancer, transplants and Alzheimer’s disease.

The funding is being provided through the Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) program, a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

The program gives researchers from the natural sciences, engineering and the health sciences sectors the opportunity to further their research together. In addition, the CHRP program allows scientists to work with doctors and patients in the planning and design of research projects so that the outcomes of their studies have a meaningful impact on the lives of patients and their families. 


Quotes

“Canadians benefit when researchers in the natural sciences, engineering and health care fields come together to share their knowledge and innovate. By investing in these new technological solutions in the health sector, we are demonstrating that research has the power to help Canadians live healthier, vibrant lives.”
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan
Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

“Our Government is committed to improving the health of Canadians by leveraging advances in health technology. We can’t do it without the excellent work of Canada’s engineers and researchers in the natural and health sciences. Thank you for your hard work and dedication and congratulations to the recipients of these grants.”
Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

“I’m truly impressed by the pioneering projects which have been funded through the Collaborative Health Research Projects. This program is a wonderful example of teamwork between the life sciences and engineering communities, and the health sciences – both areas at which Canada excels. I’m eager to see which new, life-changing projects come to fruition through the next round of funding through CHRP.”
Bill Blair
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health

“The results of the Collaborative Health Research Projects are prime examples of how science encourages researchers to advance the health of Canadians. By collaborating to create groundbreaking solutions in the technology and health science fields, we are furthering Canada’s international reputation as a global leader in innovation.”
Kate Young
Parliamentary Secretary for Science

“Congratulations to the recipients of the CHRP grants. Your research speaks to what is possible when researchers reach across disciplines to collaborate. I’m inspired by your use of advancements in engineering and technology to address the health care challenges facing Canadians.
Roderick McInnes, CM, MD, PhD, FRSC
Acting President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

“CHRP is highly valued for strengthening the dynamic between research and innovation and building closer ties between research communities. Connecting interdisciplinary researchers with strategic stakeholders will lead to better health care outcomes, optimal technologies and highly qualified trainees for the benefit of all Canadians. Congratulations to all CHRP recipients.”
Dr. B. Mario Pinto
President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Quick Facts

  • The Collaborative Health Research Projects is a research funding program jointly managed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

  • This investment supports 32 research projects, with an average grant size of $618,750 over three years.

  • The researchers collaborate on cutting-edge projects designed to develop new devices, therapies, and procedures to tackle a range of health conditions facing Canadians – from cancer and concussions to dementia and vision loss.

  • The next CHRP competition will be launched in spring 2018, and CIHR and NSERC encourage all eligible researchers to apply.

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Contacts

Media Relations
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
613-941-4563
mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Martin Leroux
Senior Communications Advisor
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
613-943-7618
martin.leroux@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we know that 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.

NSERC invests over $1.2 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Our investments deliver discoveries – valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors. Our investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect industry with discoveries and the people behind them. Researcher-industry partnerships established by NSERC help inform research & development and solve scale-up challenges.

NSERC also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows. These young researchers will be the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada.


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