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is Government of Canada’s health research funding agency
supports 11,000 researchers and trainees
takes a problem-based and multidisciplinary approach to the health challenges facing Canadians
multi-faceted approach encompasses research in four areas: biomedical, clinical, health systems and services, population and public health
fosters commercialization, moving research discoveries from academic setting to the marketplace
allocates 94 cents of every dollar to fund Canadian health researchers
CIHR: Overview CIHR Mandate “ 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…”
CIHR reports to Parliament through the Minister of Health
CIHR President – Dr. Alain Beaudet
Voluntary body that oversees organization
Comprises of 20 Canadians representing a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines who have been appointed by Order in Council to renewable three-year terms
Deputy Minister of Health ( ex-officio and non-voting member)
3 Vice-Presidents & CFO report to President
13 Scientific Directors: one for each Research Institute
CIHR Approach 13 Research Institutes Population and Public Health Gender and Health Aboriginal Peoples’ Health Health Services and Policy Research Genetics Infection and Immunity Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes Cancer Research Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction Aging Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Circulatory and Respiratory Health Human Development, Child and Youth Health
KT is a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis , dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system.
This process takes place within a complex system of interactions between researchers and knowledge users which may vary in intensity, complexity and level of engagement depending on the nature of the research and the findings as well as the needs of the particular knowledge user .
Provincial decision makers will submit a priority topic for which they need immediate and high-level advice then CIHR brings together 3-4 of the “best brains” around a table for a one day “in camera” consultation
Expedited Research Synthesis : Provincial decision makers submit a priority synthesis topic - CIHR will pre-screen researchers for “expedited research synthesis status” and then invite the pre-screened researchers to apply for the project (have had past success with wait times rapid syntheses)
Syntheses “driven” by knowledge users have the greatest potential to influence decision making
Knowledge users can drive the priority setting exercise – and should
The Canadian hybrid approach comprising the Canadian Cochrane Collaboration and Network, health technology agencies, CIHR syntheses funding opportunities, and other groups exemplifies a viable decentralized model