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Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The CIHR provides funding opportunities for four themes of health research:

  • Biomedical
  • Clinical
  • Health systems services
  • Social, cultural, environmental and population health

The CIHR integrates research through a unique interdisciplinary structure made up of 13 "virtual" institutes. CIHR's Institutes are not buildings or research centres, but networks of researchers brought together to focus on important health problems. Unconstrained by bricks and mortar, the Institute's virtual structure encourages partnership and collaboration across sectors, disciplines and regions.

Each Institute is dedicated to a specific area of focus, linking and supporting researchers pursuing common goals. Each Institute embraces a range of research from fundamental bio-medical and clinical research, to research on health systems, health services, the health of populations, societal and cultural dimensions of health and environmental influences on health. This integrated approach brings together researchers, health professionals and policy-makers from voluntary health organizations, provincial government agencies, international research organizations and industry and patient groups from across the country, under each Institute's virtual "roof."