The Minister of Health announces an investment of $378M in more than 400 research projects across Canada

News release

August 13, 2018 – Montreal, QC – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Health researchers and laboratories are at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs that lead to new treatments and knowledge that form the cornerstone of health improvements for Canadians. The Government of Canada is proud to support this important scientific research.

Today the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $378 million, to support 405 health research projects across the country. This investment in health research supports our economy and creates high quality middle class jobs. Every $100 million invested in health research represents 1,800 jobs for researchers and trainees. 

The Minister made the announcement while touring the lab of cancer researcher Dr. Marc Therrien at the Université de Montréal. Dr. Therrien received a $3.2 million grant to study a disruption in a chain of molecular events that gives rise to many forms of cancer. His goal is to find targets for new cancer drugs.


“Health research is making a real difference in the lives of Canadians affected by disease. We are proud to make this significant investment. It will allow dedicated researchers to advance the science that will benefit the entire population.”

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health

“This funding represents CIHR’s largest investment this year in the health research community for the benefit of all Canadians. The high calibre of the research projects receiving funding underscores the breadth and depth of scientific excellence from coast to coast, across all career stages, and in all areas of health research.”

Michel Perron, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Quick facts

  • The projects receiving funding are supported by two programs at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR):

    • Through the Foundation Grant competition, CIHR has invested $101.1M to provide 36 research grants to support established research leaders build and conduct programs of health research.
    • Through the Project Grant competition, CIHR has invested $277M to provide 369 research grants to support researchers at various stages in their careers as they conduct health research that covers the full range of health research topics.
  • Eighty-two of the grants were awarded to early career researchers (those within the first five years of their first academic appointment).

  • Eleven of the grants funded are focused on Indigenous health research. 

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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.

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