CIHR in Numbers 2017–18

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the largest funder of health research in Canada, supporting over 13,000 world-class researchers from all pillars of health research and from all regions of Canada.

The following graphs provide a breakdown of CIHR’s investments.

Figure 1: CIHR Fiscal Year Investments by Primary Theme since 2000–01 (in millions of dollars)

  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
  • Primary theme designation is determined by the grantee at the time of application
Figure 1 long description
Primary Theme 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Biomedical $160 $250 $312 $354 $381 $419 $439 $444 $474 $463 $475 $458 $455 $454 $471 $459 $478 $472
Clinical $27 $47 $64 $69 $77 $82 $85 $101 $110 $126 $129 $130 $129 $130 $134 $132 $134 $140
Health systems/services $5 $16 $25 $32 $36 $36 $34 $42 $48 $56 $58 $57 $64 $61 $67 $73 $82 $81
Social/cultural/environmental/population health $9 $25 $38 $48 $57 $60 $69 $84 $85 $91 $91 $91 $92 $90 $90 $82 $83 $91
Not applicable/specified $168 $157 $148 $144 $155 $161 $172 $255 $199 $195 $213 $215 $201 $210 $197 $227 $248 $252
Total $370 $495 $587 $647 $705 $758 $800 $927 $917 $929 $967 $951 $941 $944 $960 $973 $1025 $1036

Figure 2: CIHR Investments by Primary Theme 2017–18 (in millions of dollars)

  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
  • Primary theme designation is determined by the grantee at the time of application
Figure 2 long description
Primary Theme 2017–18 Percentage Breakdown
Biomedical $472 46%
Clinical $140 14%
Health systems/services $81 8%
Social/cultural/environmental/population health $91 9%
Not applicable/specified $252 24%
Total $1036 100%

Figure 3: CIHR Fiscal Year Investments by Funding Type since 2000–01 (in millions of dollars)

  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
Figure 3 long description
Funding Type 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Investigator initiated $256 $334 $385 $411 $448 $482 $507 $545 $531 $525 $551 $556 $565 $570 $619 $632 $662 $681
Research in Priority Areas $59 $97 $136 $173 $193 $213 $231 $321 $326 $331 $316 $311 $301 $302 $269 $276 $300 $294
Training and Career Support $55 $64 $66 $63 $64 $63 $61 $60 $60 $73 $99 $83 $75 $72 $72 $64 $62 $60
Total $370 $495 $587 $647 $705 $758 $800 $927 $917 $929 $967 $951 $941 $944 $960 $973 $1025 $1035

Figure 4: CIHR Investments by Region (in millions of dollars) (cumulative totals from 2000–01 to 2017–18)

  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
Figure 4 long description
Region CIHR Expenditures Number of New and Ongoing Funded Applications
Alberta $1,227.7 5,160
British Columbia $1,663.1 7,023
Manitoba $326.1 1,644
New Brunswick $14.6 201
Newfoundland and Labrador $69.7 482
Northwest Territories $0.7 6
Nova Scotia $316.2 1,551
Ontario $5,359.1 21,071
Prince Edward Island $7.9 85
Quebec $3,683.4 14,744
Saskatchewan $160.6 947
Direct Payments $2,107.6 8,846

Figure 5: CIHR Investments – International Linkages since 2000–01

  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
Figure 5 long description
Continent 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Africa 1 1 6 10 9 10 13 10 16 20 41 54 49 51 54 51 42 37
Asia 0 1 7 17 12 7 31 55 92 128 129 135 131 117 104 85 73 58
Europe 28 47 57 61 75 98 95 86 118 143 155 209 207 230 242 244 277 274
North America 89 120 137 153 171 186 198 185 239 225 236 276 289 298 324 315 336 295
Oceania 8 9 19 20 25 29 33 32 41 55 44 69 70 67 75 74 73 81
South America 0 0 3 10 5 7 6 7 17 14 20 26 24 22 26 23 21 17
Total number of international grants 121 168 208 238 267 307 333 336 451 485 523 612 617 633 649 620 640 590
Total number of CIHR grants 3,726 4,643 4,872 5,265 5,350 5,793 5,745 5,821 6,417 6,315 6,334 6,014 5,860 5,409 5,248 4,922 4,721 4,555
Percentage (%) of total CIHR grants with international linkages 3% 4% 4% 5% 5% 5% 6% 6% 7% 8% 8% 10% 11% 12% 12% 13% 14% 13%

Figure 6: CIHR Investments by Program Type since 2000–01 (in millions of dollars)

  • CRC – Canada Research Chairs
  • CERC – Canada Excellence Research Chairs
  • NCE – Networks of Centres of Excellence
  • CECR – Centre of Excellence in Commercialization Research
  • C150 – Canada 150 Research Chairs
  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
Figure 6 long description
Program Sub-type 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 Total Percentage
Grants $278 $374 $447 $496 $538 $576 $609 $658 $712 $708 $734 $721 $717 $720 $738 $741 $788 $795
Training and career support $61 $74 $80 $79 $81 $82 $81 $82 $85 $101 $101 $95 $89 $88 $87 $99 $102 $107
CRC/CERC/C150 $6 $21 $34 $46 $61 $73 $82 $87 $88 $87 $93 $96 $96 $97 $96 $96 $97 $96
NCE/CECR $24 $25 $25 $25 $25 $28 $28 $101 $32 $34 $39 $39 $38 $39 $38 $37 $36 $37
Total $370 $495 $587 $647 $705 $758 $800 $927 $917 $929 $967 $951 $941 $944 $960 $973 $1024 $1035

Figure 7: CIHR Cumulative Investments by Program Type (in millions of dollars) (Cumulative totals from 2000–01 to 2017–18)

  • CRC – Canada Research Chairs
  • CERC – Canada Excellence Research Chairs
  • NCE – Networks of Centres of Excellence
  • CECR – Centre of Excellence in Commercialization Research
  • C150 – Canada 150 Research Chairs
  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
Figure 7 long description
Program Sub-type Total Percentage
Grants $11,359 76%
Training and career support $1,575 11%
CRC/CERC/C150 $1,354 9%
NCE/CECR $649 4%
Total $14,937 100%

Figure 8: Leveraged Partner Funding by Sector (in millions of dollars) (Cumulative totals from 2000–01 to 2017–18)

  • Due to rounding, figures may not reconcile with other published information
  • Excludes operating expenditures and partner contributions
  • Includes both competition and applicant partner contributions where there may or may not be a formal agreement with CIHR
Figure 8 long description
Sector Total Percentage
Academia $132 6%
Federal partners $888 39%
International organizations $217 9%
Municipal/Provincial funder $185 8%
Not-for-Profit $351 15%
Profit $233 10%
Unspecified $285 12%
Total $2,291 100%
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