Organizational structure


The CIHR Act outlines a framework for the organizational establishment of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), its governance infrastructure, responsibilities of the President and Governing Council and establishment of the CIHR Institutes.

CIHR is led by its President. Overall strategic directions are set by its Governing Council, which has a mandate to oversee the direction and management of the property, business and affairs of CIHR.

The Science Council (SC) is a management committee that develops, implements and reports on CIHR's research and knowledge translation strategy, in accordance with the CIHR Act and the overarching strategic directions set out by Governing Council. This includes approving funding for all research and knowledge translation initiatives.

Day-to-day management of CIHR is led by the Executive Team.


CIHR consists of 13 "virtual" institutes and business portfolios. The Institutes and the portfolios work together to deliver our mandate.


CIHR's institutes bring together all partners in the research process – the people who fund research, those who carry it out and those who use its results – to share ideas and focus on what Canadians need: good health and the means to prevent disease and fight it when it happens. Each institute supports a broad spectrum of research in its topic areas and, in consultation with its stakeholders, sets priorities for research in those areas.

Each of CIHR's 13 Institutes is led by a Scientific Director, supported by an Institute Advisory Board.


President's Office


  • Enterprise Corporate Priorities
  • Office of Internal Audit
  • Finance and Administration

Strategic and Corporate Affairs

Executive Vice-President

  • Government and External Relations
    • Communications
    • Strategic Policy
    • Planning, Evaluation and Results
    • Strategic Partnerships and International Relations
  • Senior Corporate Advisor (Legal Affairs)
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Digital and Security Services

Research programs

Research Programs

  • Program Design and Delivery
  • Initiative Management and Institute Support
  • Operations Support
  • The College of Reviewers

Learning Health Systems

Learning Health Systems

  • Centre for Research in Pandemic Preparedness and Health Emergencies
  • Patient-Oriented Research
  • Clinical Trials
  • Science Policy
  • Equity Strategy
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