CIHR in Numbers 2016–17

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
Biomedical $160 $250 $312 $354 $381 $419 $439 $444 $474 $463 $475 $458 $455 $454 $471 $459 $478
Clinical $27 $47 $64 $69 $77 $82 $85 $101 $110 $126 $129 $130 $129 $130 $134 $132 $134
Health systems/services $5 $16 $25 $32 $36 $36 $34 $42 $48 $56 $58 $57 $64 $61 $67 $73 $82
Social/cultural/environmental/population health $9 $25 $38 $48 $57 $60 $69 $84 $85 $91 $91 $91 $92 $90 $90 $82 $83
Not applicable/specified $168 $157 $148 $144 $155 $161 $172 $255 $199 $195 $213 $215 $201 $210 $197 $227 $248
Total $370 $495 $587 $647 $705 $758 $800 $927 $917 $929 $967 $951 $941 $944 $960 $973 $1025

Figure 2: CIHR Investments by Primary Theme 2016–17 (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 2016–17 Percentage Breakdown
Biomedical $478 47%
Clinical $134 13%
Health systems/services $82 8%
Social/cultural/environmental/population health $83 8%
Not applicable/specified $248 24%
Total $1,025 100%

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
Investigator initiated $311 $398 $450 $474 $512 $545 $568 $606 $591 $599 $651 $639 $640 $642 $691 $680 $699
Priority driven $59 $97 $136 $173 $193 $213 $231 $321 $326 $331 $316 $311 $301 $302 $269 $292 $326
Total $370 $495 $587 $647 $705 $758 $800 $927 $917 $929 $967 $951 $941 $944 $960 $973 $1025

Figure 4: CIHR Investments by Region (cumulative totals from 2000–01 to 2016–17)

  • 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 $1,144M 4,686
British Columbia $1,551M 6,372
Manitoba $305M 1,487
New Brunswick $14M 184
Newfoundland and Labrador $65M 423
Northwest Territories $0.6M 6
Nova Scotia $300M 1,424
Ontario $4,990M 18,903
Prince Edward Island $8M 83
Quebec $3,448M 13,442
Saskatchewan $148M 866
Direct Payments $1,920M 8,115

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
Africa 1 1 6 8 6 7 10 9 13 18 38 49 42 51 45 37 33
Asia 0 0 8 16 9 6 26 51 81 108 93 83 66 66 60 45 40
Europe 18 34 45 48 77 120 127 121 153 185 176 205 207 200 212 162 195
North America 78 102 126 140 163 191 203 192 241 216 228 257 287 286 321 283 328
Oceania 6 7 14 17 29 36 42 47 51 66 57 64 66 61 70 72 80
South America 0 0 3 6 3 4 6 4 11 12 17 22 20 20 25 16 16
Total number of international grants 116 154 208 265 319 395 434 449 539 568 587 609 604 579 577 487 545
Total number of CIHR grants 3717 4620 4856 5248 5283 5729 5697 5779 6386 6263 6300 5901 5712 5335 5141 4783 4921
Percentage (%) of total CIHR grants with international linkages 3% 3% 4% 5% 6% 7% 8% 8% 8% 9% 9% 10% 11% 11% 11% 10% 11%

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
  • 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 Total Percentage
Grants $278 $374 $447 $496 $538 $576 $609 $658 $712 $708 $734 $721 $717 $720 $738 $741 $789 $10,556 76%
Training and career support $61 $74 $80 $79 $81 $82 $81 $82 $85 $101 $101 $95 $89 $88 $87 $99 $102 $1,467 11%
CRC/CERC $6 $21 $34 $46 $61 $73 $82 $87 $88 $87 $93 $96 $96 $97 $96 $97 $97 $1,257 9%
NCE/CECR $24 $25 $25 $25 $25 $28 $28 $101 $32 $34 $39 $39 $38 $39 $38 $37 $37 $614 4%
Total $370 $495 $587 $647 $705 $758 $800 $927 $917 $929 $967 $951 $941 $944 $960 $973 $1025 $13,894 100%

Figure 7: CIHR Cumulative Investments by Program Type (in millions of dollars) (Cumulative totals from 2000–01 to 2016–17)

  • CRC – Canada Research Chairs
  • CERC – Canada Excellence Research Chairs
  • NCE – Networks of Centres of Excellence
  • CECR – Centre of Excellence in Commercialization Research
  • 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 $10,556 76%
Training and career support $1,467 11%
CRC/CERC $1,257 9%
NCE/CECR $614 4%
Total $13,894 100%

Figure 8: Leveraged Partner Funding by Sector (in millions of dollars) (Cumulative totals from 2000–01 to 2016–17)

  • 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 $133 7%
Federal partners $703 35%
International organizations $181 9%
Municipal/Provincial funder $164 8%
Not-for-Profit $320 16
Profit $147 7%
Not specified $358 18%
Total $2,006 100%
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