CIHR Health Research Training Investments

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) strives to ensure a strong foundation of future health research leaders, and is committed to offering programs that increase the supply of highly-qualified research personnel.

Since 2007, CIHR has invested approximately $1.7B, over 18% of its budget, to support Master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral trainees either directly through our various award programs or indirectly through stipends paid from grants.
In 2015-16 CIHR invested $168M in training the next generation of researchers.
In 2015-16 CIHR awarded 1,705 training awards in diverse health research areas in Canada or abroad.
  • CIHR embraces a mutli-pronged approach to health research training.
  • Since 2009, CIHR has invested $1.9B in support of health research trainees (direct and indirect training) which represents an average of over 19% of CIHR’s annual investments.
  • CIHR Institutes have been at the forefront of training innovation within their communities.
  • CIHR is committed to making important investments in health research training.
  • In 2017-18, CIHR invested approximately $55M/year through direct awards to trainees in diverse health research areas in Canada and abroad.
  • In 2017-18, CIHR invested an estimated $110M/year to indirectly support trainees through stipends paid off of operating grants.
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) for Masters and Doctoral students (including the Vanier-CGS).
  • Fellowship programs for postdoctoral fellows (including Banting).
  • Awards in targeted areas (e.g., Fellowship in Epigenetics, Fellowships within the Clinical Trials Networks in the U.S.).
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