Government of Canada highlights investment of $8.45M in 13 research projects at McMaster University

News release

March 14, 2019 – Hamilton, Ontario – 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 visiting McMaster University on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, the Honourable Filomina Tassi, Minister of Seniors and the Member of Parliament for Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas, highlighted a recent federal investment in health research.

The $8.45 million awarded to McMaster 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.

Minister Tassi met with grant recipients at McMaster University to celebrate their achievements and to learn more about their research projects. A highlight of the event included visits with Drs. Sharon Kaasalainen and Hsien-Yeang Seow, who are studying ways of improving palliative care in the home and in long-term care homes.


“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

“Congratulations to the McMaster University researchers receiving funding today. These grants are a testament to the high calibre of health science taking place in Hamilton. I am especially gratified to see support for so many research projects focused on improving the health and quality of life of Canada’s seniors.”
The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors

“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

“This CIHR investment will have a tremendous impact on a number of our research programs. From improving post-operation anesthesia confusion and finding better ways to treat muscular dystrophy to studying extremely low birthweight babies as adults and improving palliative care, our researchers are committed to advancing human health.”
Dr. Rob Baker, Vice-President, Research, McMaster 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).
  • 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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