Priority-Driven Research

Priority-driven research refers to initiatives created by the Government of Canada to investigate pressing health issues that are of strategic importance to our country.

These initiatives respond to the changing health needs and priorities of Canadians across all aspects of health, including biomedical research, clinical research, research respecting health systems, health services, the health of populations, societal and cultural dimensions of health and environmental influences on health, and other research as required.

The goal of priority-driven health research is to advance health knowledge and its application, in specific areas of research identified by CIHR in consultation with other government departments, partners and stakeholders, in order to improve health systems and/or improve health outcomes in these priority areas. Grants are disbursed to fund research or to provide career or training support.

Approximately one-quarter of CIHR's $1 billion budget is provided to support priority-driven research. More information can be found in our strategic plan.

Additional initiatives, led by CIHR Institutes, can be found via the Institutes websites.

CIHR Initiatives
Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC)
The CBPHC Signature Initiative supports innovative approaches to improving the delivery of appropriate and high-quality community-based primary health care to Canadians. CBPHC covers services across the continuum of care, from health promotion and disease prevention to rehabilitation support, home care and end-of-life care.
Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN)
Through its Research Data Centres, CRDCN offers researchers secure access to an array of social, economic and health microdata that are collected and administered by Statistics Canada.
Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM)
CRISM is a national research consortium in substance misuse that focuses on translation and implementation and is cross-pillar in nature.
Environments and Health
The Environments and Health initiative will support research focused on etiology, data platform enhancement and intersectoral prevention.
Healthy LifeIndigenous Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (I-HeLTI)
I-HeLTI is focused on enabling the development of Indigenous focused interventions designed to improve health outcomes across the lifespan for Indigenous boys, girls, women, men, gender-diverse and Two-Spirit individuals in Canada.
Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI)
HeLTI is focused on shaping international policy around intervention during the earliest stages of life for the improvement of health and the prevention of later life non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases and mental health.
Healthy and Productive Work
The Healthy and Productive Work Initiative is responding to important demographic trends with innovative and multi-disciplinary interventions that will support a healthy and productive Canadian workforce.
Personalized Medicine
This initiative aims to transform the delivery of healthcare to patients by integrating evidence-based medicine and precision diagnostics into clinical practice.
Personalized Health
This initiative aims to develop new evidence-based, targeted health solutions through investments in tools and approaches that will contribute to more cost-effective, sustainable healthcare.
CIHR Dementia Research Strategy
The CIHR Dementia Research Strategy supports research on the latest preventive, diagnostic and treatment approaches to Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases causing dementia.
Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC)
CEEHRC supports leading edge research on the role of DNA and environment interactions in human health and disease and translating epigenetic discoveries into better clinical care and outcomes for patients.
Evidence-Informed Health Care Renewal (EIHR)
The EIHR initiative has supported researchers and decision makers to strengthen Canada's health care systems by advancing the current state of knowledge, generating novel and creative solutions, and translating evidence for uptake into policy and practice.
eHealth Innovations
The initiative aims to develop, integrate, and evaluate patient-oriented eHealth innovations that will improve health outcomes and lower the cost of care.
Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN)
The objective of DSEN is to increase the evidence for decision-makers and build research capacity on the safety and effectiveness of drugs and biologics in real world settings.
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)
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.
Inflammation in Chronic Disease
This initiative will support research teams to undertake innovative research in the field of chronic inflammation.
HIV/AIDS Research Initiative
This initiative manages and oversees the research components of the two major Government of Canada initiatives in HIV/AIDS: the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada and the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative.
Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA)
The CLSA is a national research platform, collecting information on the biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic aspects of people's lives to understand their impact both in maintaining health and in the development of disease and disability as people age.
Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples (Pathways)
This initiative aims to develop the evidence base in how to design, offer and implement programs and policies that promote health and health equity in four priority areas: suicide prevention, tuberculosis, diabetes/obesity and oral health.
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
To address this global health problem, the AMR research initiatives will foster the development of new methods and tools to combat antimicrobial resistance and improve antimicrobial use.
Hepatitis C Research Initiative
CIHR and the Public Health Agency of Canada are working collaboratively to support, promote and enhance hepatitis C associated research and training in Canada.
Pandemic Preparedness Strategic Research Initiative (PPSRI)
The goal of PPSRI is to develop a coordinated and focused research effort and to build influenza and pandemic preparedness research capacity in Canada.
Health Research Rapid Response
CIHR is leading Canada's research response to prepare for and respond to existing and emerging threats, such as Ebola.
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