Institute Advisory Boards (IABs)

Each of CIHR's 13 Institute Advisory Boards advises on Institute-specific issues and cross-Institute initiatives. Composed of a diverse group of national and international representatives of the public, private and non-profit sectors, including the research community and health practitioners, Institute Advisory Boards (IABs) act in an advisory capacity to the Scientific Directors of the Institutes with respect to the full range of Institute activities. These activities include deliberations on Institute health research priorities and strategies and implementation plans for engaging the broader research community. The number of members on an IAB is between eight and 14.

2024 IAB Membership Cycle

The 2024 IAB Membership Cycle is now closed. The IAB application will remain open on Research Net and applications can be submitted for consideration in the 2025 Membership Cycle. The 2025 Membership Cycle will close on April 25, 2025.

During the selection process, each Institute will review the full list of candidates who submitted applications to their IAB to determine which candidates best fill the critical gaps created by turnover, both in expertise and in re-balancing demographic criteria (sex, language, career stage, and geographic and institutional representation).

In order to be considered for the IAB membership cycle, individuals will need to complete a self-identification questionnaire as part of the application through ResearchNet. This activity will support CIHR’s commitment to enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the research funding system and ensure that governance and advisory bodies reflect Canada’s diversity. Responses to the questionnaire will help to establish an overview of applicants and to inform recruitment efforts for the membership recruitment cycle. CIHR may use the self-identification responses to inform member selection and priority may be given to individuals whose self-identification responses will help CIHR increase the diversity of perspectives on the IABs.

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