Institute Advisory Boards (IABs)

Each of CIHR's 13 Institute Advisory Boards advises on Institute-specific issues and cross-Institute initiatives. Composed of a diverse group of national and international representatives of the public, private and non-profit sectors, including the research community and health practitioners, Institute Advisory Boards (IABs) act in an advisory capacity to the Scientific Directors of the Institutes with respect to the full range of Institute activities. These activities include deliberations on Institute health research priorities and strategies and implementation plans for engaging the broader research community. The number of members on an IAB is between eight and 14.

2021 IAB Membership Renewal Cycle

The 2021 IAB membership cycle ended on April 12, 2021 and candidates will be notified of decisions by August 2021. Applications received after the deadline will be stored in the database and considered for the next membership cycle, to be launched in early 2022.

During the selection process, each Institute will review the full list of candidates who submitted applications to their IAB to determine which candidates best fill the critical gaps created by turnover, both in expertise and in re-balancing demographic criteria (sex, language, career stage, and geographic and institutional representation). There will be a focus on ensuring that the IAB’s reflect the diversity of Canada and the health research ecosystem at large, and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply to the open call. In order to be considered for the IAB membership cycle, individuals will need to complete a self-identification questionnaire as part of the application through ResearchNet. This activity will support CIHR’s commitment to enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the research funding system and ensure that governance and advisory bodies reflect Canada’s diversity. More information can be found on CIHR website. Responses to the questionnaire will help to establish an overview of applicants and to inform recruitment efforts for the membership recruitment cycle.

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