Government of Canada highlights investment of $2.9M in research projects at Dalhousie University

News release

March 12, 2019 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Canada is home to highly trained and creative health researchers, and the Government of Canada is proud to support their important work.

Today, while touring the research facilities at Dalhousie University, Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament for Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, highlighted a recent federal investment in health research.

The $2.9M awarded to Dalhousie University researchers is part of a $275 million national investment to support Canadian researchers studying the full spectrum of health issues affecting the lives of Canadians. 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.

MP Samson met with grant recipients at Dalhousie University to celebrate their achievements and to learn more about their research projects. A highlight of the visit included a meeting with Dr. Paola Marcato, who provided a demonstration of the cutting-edge breast cancer research taking place in her lab. 


“Investments in health research are some of the most important that we can make as a nation. These federally funded projects hold the potential for scientific advancements, new treatments, and improved quality of life for Canadians living with a variety of health conditions, while creating high-quality middle-class jobs at hospitals and universities across the country.”

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health

“Investments through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research not only help us find solutions to persistent health challenges, but also support the creation of new knowledge and build the research evidence we need to improve the health of Canadians while strengthening our health care system.”

Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament for Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook

“Health research has the power to help us tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing us as a society, and Canadians should be proud of the incredible work being done from coast to coast to coast. As a researcher myself, I can say that the work is rarely glamourous—but it is always worthwhile, and I am excited to watch these CIHR-funded projects unfold.”

Michael J. Strong, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

“We thank the Federal Government and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for their continued investment in the world-class research happening at Dalhousie University. This funding will increase our researchers’ capacity for discovery, innovation and impact and help us all lead healthier lives.”

 Dr. Alice Aiken, Vice President Research and Innovation, Dalhousie University

Quick facts

  • The projects funded through the $275M investment are supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)’s largest funding program.

    • This program, called the Project Grant program, is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health research and the health care system.
    • It supports projects of varying sizes and duration through a highly competitive and rigorous review process.
    • CIHR runs two Project Grant competitions per year.
    • The results from the latest competition were released in January 2019, and the funding ($275M) will begin on April 1, 2019. 
  • Eighty-two of the grants from the latest competition 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. CIHR is proud to support these projects as part of its commitment to invest 4.6% of its annual budget in 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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