Investing in research to transform health systems


Funding of $9.6 million to embed researchers in health system organizations across the country

Ottawa – The Government of Canada is supporting researchers across the country who are collaborating with health system organizations to make meaningful contributions towards improving Canada’s health care system and ensuring that Canadians receive high-quality health care. By embedding researchers in health system organizations, they can help in finding and implementing solutions to the challenges facing health systems in this country.

To address health system priorities and build valuable research capacity, Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced that 12 early career researchers will receive the first Health System Impact Embedded Early Career Researcher Awards with the support of $9.6 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and partners. These researchers will be embedded within health system organizations where they will develop research programs to address the evidence needs of their host organizations and use the evidence they gather to help transform Canada’s health care systems.

The researchers will tackle priorities such as:

  • increasing equitable access to kidney transplantation;
  • transforming cardiovascular care for underserved communities in Ontario;
  • improving perinatal and neonatal health care in rural Nova Scotia;
  • strengthening the health system response to violence against women in Eastern Canada;
  • improving chronic pain management in Alberta with virtual care;
  • addressing the social determinants of health in cancer outcomes; and
  • transforming autism research and policy at the national level, among other topics.

These awards are part of the Health System Impact (HSI) program, which was created by the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. The program is made possible thanks to funding and support from partners such as Michael Smith Health Research BC, ResearchNB, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, and Mitacs.

“We are proud to support a new generation of health researchers. These researchers are making a positive difference in the lives of people in Canada and are influencing health care and service delivery in real-time, making a huge difference in our health systems.” – Mark Holland, Minister of Health