CIHR Update
CAGS, November 2013
Presented by Peggy Borbey
Interim Director,
Science, Knowledge Translation and Ethics
[email protected]
Today I will talk about…
1. Strategic Priorities
• Health Research Roadmap – Reforms of Open Programs
• Patient-Oriented Research Training
• Training Strategy Development
2. CIHR Training Program Updates
• Competition Deadline Changes
• Changes to Fellowship Program
• Vanier/Banting Programs
CIHR’s Five Year Strategic Plan 2009-2015
Health Research Roadmap
Health Research Roadmap
Design of the new Open Suite of Programs is complete,
piloting and implementation are beginning
• Existing suite of open grant funding mechanisms will
be reorganized into two new schemes:
 Foundation Scheme
 Project Scheme
CIHR's direct training programs are not affected
Foundation Scheme
Stage 1 will assess the applicants’ experience in
mentoring and training for career paths in research and
other non-academic occupations
Mentorship is a significant component (20%) of the
Stage 2 grant evaluation:
 Applicants will be required to submit a plan for engaging,
training and mentoring students, trainees, emerging
scholars and new/early investigators for research careers
within and outside of academia
Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented
Research (SPOR)
Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is about
ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the
right time.
The objective of SPOR is to foster evidence-informed health care by
bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the
point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability and
accessibility of care.
Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented
Research (SPOR)
SPOR is a coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners-all
dedicated to the integration of research into care:
- patients and caregivers
- health practitioners
- provincial/territorial health authorities
- charities
- researcher
- policy makers
- academic institutions
- pharmaceutical sector
Training Component
Two avenues are currently being developed to support training in POR:
• Development of a training and career development strategy for POR
• Training, mentoring and career support integrated within SPOR elements,
such as the SUPPORT Units and Networks.
Development of a CIHR Training Strategy
CIHR is developing a training strategy to focus its training
efforts and guide future activities
Considerations include:
What are the needs of Canadian trainees and trainers in
light of a changing labour market environment?
How can CIHR encourage and provide recognition for
quality training?
How can CIHR best influence outcomes for the trainees it
How, and who, tracks these outcomes?
Development of a CIHR Training Strategy
Strategy would incorporate support through direct training
programs and indirect training (through grants or
training programs)
In 2012-13:
Estimated 5,700 trained through CIHR’s largest operating
grant program + many more in our strategic targeted grant
More than 2,000 trained through CIHR’s direct training
More than 1,300 trained through the Strategic Training
Initiative in Health Research (STIHR)
Development of a CIHR Training Strategy
There are currently many surveys of trainees performed by:
Granting councils
Statistics Canada
Also many reports on trends in higher education, trends in
labour markets and skills gaps
Development of a CIHR Training Strategy
Some challenges related to training in Canada:
Training the right # of PhDs with the right set of skills for the
labour market
Ensuring high quality mentorship that will maximize the
benefits for both the trainee and the trainers
Research career stability
Other…we are gathering additional perspectives on
CIHR is committed to working with stakeholders to address
these challenges
Overview of CIHR Training Programs
and Vanier/Banting
CIHR Direct Funding Awards
CIHR – Building Research Capacity
CIHR also supports trainees, indirectly, through research grants.
In 2012-13, over 1300 trainees were supported via the CIHR STIHR
program. This includes:
• 70 undergraduate
• 275 master’s students
• 590 doctoral students
• 315 post-doctoral students
• 115 other students
Plus at least 1000 Fellows, 1300 Doctoral Students, 1500 Masters’ and
1900 Undergraduates were supported by research grants.
Competition Deadline Changes
To gain operational efficiencies in the delivery of training and salary
awards programs, the application deadline for the Doctoral Research
Award, Fellowship and New Investigator Salary Award programs
have been modified.
New Application
Eligibility calculated
as of…
October 1, 2013
October 1, 2013
November 15, 2013
October 1, 2013
New Investigator Salary
December 2, 2013
September 15, 2013
Funding Opportunity
Doctoral Research
Changes to Fellowship Program
• CIHR Fellowship program moved to one annual competition per
• Number of fellowships awarded will be maintained at approximately
170 per year and the overall budget allocated to this program will
remain unchanged at $21M over five years.
• Competition deadline moved to November 15, 2013 (rather than
October 1) and the anticipated notice of decision will be on April 30,
Changes to Fellowship Program
Open Reforms – Fellowship Pilot Project – Phase 2
• Structured application process to better align application
information with the program’s adjudication criteria
• Build on the remote review and online discussion functionalities
that were implemented in Phase 1
• Introduce a new rating scale and ranking process
Vanier and Banting Programs – Timelines
Competition launch:
Vanier and Banting : July 9, 2013
Application deadlines:
Vanier: November 6, 2013
Banting: October 23, 2013
Decision Release:
Vanier and Banting: March 31
Changes to 2014-15 Banting PDF Competition
• Competition launch: June 2014
• Application deadlines: last week of September 2014
• Decision Release: last week of January 2015
An earlier release date would respond to the
community’s request and align the program with other
prestigious national and international fellowships
programs who release decisions earlier in the year.
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program
Supplemental CIHR Training
Science Policy Fellowships
Short-term policy assignments in government
Available to PhD students, post-docs and independent
Science to Business Awards
Funding for doctorate holders to pursue an MBA
Common CV
A cleaner, more reader-friendly PDF layout of the CCV
was introduced this summer.
CIHR remains committed to working with the
community and with CCV to refine and improve the
Contact us …
Clinician Scientists
[email protected]
Doctoral Research Awards incl. CGS Doctoral
[email protected]
[email protected]
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
[email protected]
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
[email protected]
Health Professional Student Research Awards
[email protected]
Master’s Awards
[email protected]
MD/PhD Grant
[email protected]
Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement
[email protected]
New Investigators
[email protected]
Science to Business
[email protected]
Science Policy Fellowships
[email protected]
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