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    Why is CIHR doing this exercise?

    Because we want to ask you about your health research priorities. Our goal is to support health research that makes a real difference in the lives of Canadians. Since we have limited resources, we want to hear from you about where you think we should invest our funds and what our future priorities should be. Check out the video from our President to learn more.

    Who should participate in this online engagement?

    Anyone with an opinion about health and health research.

    How can I share my opinions?

    You can share your opinions in a variety of ways on this website:

    • Complete any or all of the online surveys (surveys closes on June 28, 2019)
    • Join the conversation with other interested Canadians in the forum section
    • Ask us a question in the questions section (we promise to get back to you within two business days)

    What are you going to do with my feedback?

    We will compile and analyze all feedback we receive through this online engagement and use it to inform the development of our new strategic plan, including where we invest our resources in the years to come.

    What is CIHR?

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada’s federal funding agency for health research. Each year, we invest about $1 billion of your taxpayer dollars to support around 13,000 researchers who are working to improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

    Check out our video, HealthResearch for Canadians, to learn more about us.

    Why does health research matter?

    As Canadians, we consistently rank health and health care among our top priorities, and it’s not hard to see why:

    • 500,000 Canadians live with dementia
    • Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
    • About 2.4 million Canadians over the age of 20 have heart disease

    We all know someone affected by health issues. Health research is the key to finding solutions to these health challenges. The life-saving drugs, procedures, health care services, preventative measures, and medical devices we enjoy today all started as a research idea.  

    Check out our series, Health research in action, to learn more about the impact of health research.

    Can I send my comments by email?

    To ensure we accurately record your feedback, we encourage you to complete the survey(s) –  containing open-ended questions with plenty of room for you to leave comments.