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What are your health research priorities?

Thank you for your engagement!

The surveys have now closed. Thank you to the more than 1500 people and organizations who actively engaged with us on this platform.

Keep this site bookmarked, as we’ll be posting more information as we continue the process of developing the new CIHR strategic plan.

Next steps

CIHR will spend July and August analyzing the feedback we have received on this platform and via our other engagement activities.

We will then bring together members of the research community to focus on the key themes identified through this analysis at the Consensus Workshops on September 10 and 11, 2019. The objective of the workshops will be to engage in a collaborative dialogue to identify priorities and recommendations for the CIHR Strategic Plan.

While the surveys have closed, the discussion forum and the Qs & As remain open. We encourage you to continue to use these feature to share your ideas, comments, and questions with us.

Thank you for your engagement!

The surveys have now closed. Thank you to the more than 1500 people and organizations who actively engaged with us on this platform.

Keep this site bookmarked, as we’ll be posting more information as we continue the process of developing the new CIHR strategic plan.

Next steps

CIHR will spend July and August analyzing the feedback we have received on this platform and via our other engagement activities.

We will then bring together members of the research community to focus on the key themes identified through this analysis at the Consensus Workshops on September 10 and 11, 2019. The objective of the workshops will be to engage in a collaborative dialogue to identify priorities and recommendations for the CIHR Strategic Plan.

While the surveys have closed, the discussion forum and the Qs & As remain open. We encourage you to continue to use these feature to share your ideas, comments, and questions with us.

Please leave a question for CIHR and we will respond within two business days. Note that your question and our response will be posted publicly on the Q&A page.

Q&A

  • the health system in Canada has many unique features like equity, universal coverage, access … is there enough Health System Research in Canada to tackle issues like efficiency, long waiting time at emergencies and for surgeries. access and affordability to specialized services, and dental services is a challenge. how do you see CIHR role in addressing these issues, is it within CIHR mandate? or other government agency?

    Sana asked about 2 months ago
    We appreciate your comments and questions. As expressed in the CIHR Act, part of our agency’s mandate is to support research in the service of improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system. In particular, CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) is dedicated to supporting innovative research, capacity-building and knowledge translation initiatives designed to improve the way health care services are organized, regulated, managed, financed, paid for, used and delivered, in the interest of improving the health and quality of life of all Canadians. For more information, please visit the IHSPR section of our website.

    Thank you again for your participation.
  • Are there plans to update and improve Opportunity Search functions? I was recently successful getting a small planning grant and had someone ask me where these were in the database. When I tried to find it again, there were archived opportunities back 10 years old that made the search difficult. I was surprised. The names of these grants have also changed somewhat over the years and that is also a problem. While this is a minor issue compared to strategic planning, if we want to engage the larger health community, it will make a difference. This person is dedicated to improved health in rural and remote areas, and as a physician, could be a welcome collaborator in studies.

    pbrauer asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to post your question. We know that small things like the search functionality on ResearchNet can actually make a big difference for researchers, and we’re always looking for opportunities to improve. For example, the three federal research granting agencies are joining efforts to explore ways of supporting the grants management lifecycle, which includes improving the user experience while using the grants management systems with an eye to decreasing the administrative burden on the user community. 

    Thank you again for sharing your feedback with us, and have a good day.


  • The key dates graphic shows that the "Statistics Canada National Survey" is being run in June and July. Could you tell us what that is about and how it fits into the consultation process?

    mefminfo asked 2 months ago

    As a public service agency, CIHR feels strongly that it is important to consult directly with Canadians to learn about their health research priorities. That is why we are working with Statistics Canada to survey 10,000 Canadians between June 13 and July 10. While the types of questions we are asking the public differ from the more detailed questions in our surveys on Let’s Talk CIHR, they provide one more useful input to the planning process. The National Survey results will be analyzed alongside all the other feedback we receive in order to get as full a picture as possible of Canadians’ health research priorities.

  • I am an ME/CFS sufferer and am completely disabled by this illness. I have lost my career, my family life, and being able to leave the house. Some days I have much trouble even walking. There is no money put into research in Canada. Some doctors don't even believe that it is a real illness. When will Canada care about the hundreds of thousands of people in Canada who are affected by this illness? We are the "MillionsMissing." We deserve to be recognized and we deserve research and to have doctors educated about this debilitating disease.

    Jennifer Knickle-Morse asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for reaching out to CIHR and sharing your difficult lived experience with ME/CFS. Your perspective is important, and we encourage you to share your feedback with us by completing one or more of our online surveys. In particular, we would draw your attention to the following survey: How can CIHR have the biggest impact? In this survey, you have an opportunity to provide advice for CIHR on areas it should be prioritizing in the coming years, including ME/CFS research.

    Again, thank you for writing and we wish you the best.


  • I am interested in the preventive treatment or slowing down of macular degeneration. As the population ages this problem affects more and more and it affects their quality of life. Patients have their lung and heart etc problems resolved but not macular degeneration. We have to find a good solution.Going blind is horrible.We owe it to the aging Canadians. Concerned FAMILY DOCTOR

    drnazninlalani asked 2 months ago

    We welcome your comments related to research into the treatment of macular degeneration, and encourage you to share your feedback with us by completing one or more of our online surveys. In particular, we would draw your attention to the following survey: How can CIHR have the biggest impact? In this survey, you have an opportunity to provide advice for CIHR on areas it should be prioritizing in the coming years.


  • Can the collaboration done between Egypt, Banha University and Canada at the project of microbiome in heath and disease especially liver diseases like (HCV, HCC ,NAFLD )

    Reda Elbadawy asked 3 months ago

    We invite you to highlight any impactful collaborations, such as the one you have described, in the following surveys: How can CIHR have the biggest impact? and Translating research evidence into practice. Both surveys contain questions related to international research collaborations and partnerships.


  • Non Alcohoic fatty pancreatic disease emerged as health problem that lead to DM , cancer pancreas .so we can we do start a survey about this hot topic because it is mirror image for NAFLD?

    Reda Elbadawy asked 3 months ago

    We welcome your comments related to non-alcoholic fatty pancreatic disease and your opinions on health research gaps. We encourage you to complete the following survey: How can CIHR have the biggest impact? In particular, the first question asks for advice about CIHR’s future strategic priority areas.


  • If you're looking for advice on what areas CIHR should focus more/less on in future, it would be particularly helpful to know CIHR's current funding allocations among the various Institutes/priority areas/etc. Is this information available anywhere?

    noelcorser asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. To learn more about how CIHR allocates its budget, we encourage you to review the background information and answer the questions in the following survey: How should CIHR spend its money? In the survey, you will find a description of CIHR’s discretionary and non-discretionary budgets, along with funding allocations for various government, corporate, and Institute priorities.

  • Who are your “stakeholder” groups that you are engaging in this exercise? How did you identify these groups?

    Izzat Jiwani asked 4 months ago
    This online engagement platform intends to engage any organization, group, community or individual that may impact or be impacted by CIHR’s work. We want to hear from you!

    In addition to the feedback collected online, CIHR is hosting targeted meetings with national organizations that represent many of CIHR’s key stakeholder groups, including health research funders and research institutions. The aim of each of these meetings is to facilitate a dialogue with these key groups as a collective.

    Thanks for participating in our online engagement. Please let us know if you have any other questions.