Government Invests $4.7M in New Health Research

Government of Canada invests more than $4.7M in health researchers who will tackle high-priority challenges in our health systems
News release: November 7, 2023 — Ottawa, Ontario — Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Government of Canada continues to invest in our country’s brightest minds to enable the next generation of health researchers to apply their talents, working directly with health organizations, to tackle real-world health system challenges.
Today, the Honorable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced an investment of more than $4.7M in the Health System Impact Fellowship program. This program aims to help researchers’ career development by having them work in partnership with health system organizations to tackle complex, high-priority challenges, and ultimately strengthen health systems in Canada. The program blends research and professional development with practical, hands-on experience that is complemented by unique mentorship opportunities, designed to accelerate researchers' professional growth and potential to achieve evidence-informed health system impact.
This funding will support 11 PhD students and 27 postdoctoral fellows who are embedded in 31 health organizations and connected to 14 universities across Canada. Their research spans a wide range of health system priorities, from improving transitions in care and supporting the wellbeing of our health workforce, to advancing access to health care in rural areas and innovating long-term care. Ultimately, their research will help Canada advance its progress toward improving people’s health and experiences with the health care system, health care workers’ well-being and satisfaction in their work, value, and equity.
Funding is provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Health Research BC, Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé, and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to support the next generation of health researchers so we can continue to make progress towards transforming our health systems. The Health System Impact Fellowship program is truly win-win: These researchers get hands-on work experience to develop their professional competencies and research, while people in Canada benefit from their insights on how to strengthen and improve the delivery of health care." 

The Honorable Mark Holland
Minister of Health
The Health System Impact Fellowship program is a vital part of turning research into action to make our health care system work better and deliver better results for everyone. We’re delighted to join our program partners to announce and congratulate our newest cohort, who will play an instrumental role in improving health outcomes and system performance in Canada.”
Dr. Rick Glazier
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research
Quick facts
  • The Health System Impact (HSI) program provides highly qualified PhD trainees, postdoctoral researchers, and early career researchers in health services and policy research-related fields with the opportunity to develop embedded research projects/programs that address the most pressing problems faced by health system organizations and to support evidence-informed decision-making.
  • Over the past five years, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and partners have invested over $33 million through the HSI program.
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Christopher Aoun
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Mark Holland
Minister of Health
Media Relations
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada's health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.


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