Member Demographics

The College’s initial enrolment efforts began by seeking out the recruitment of Full Members that met all of the College’s Membership Selection Criteria. In early 2018, the College was pleased to announce the Associate Member Program as an opportunity to bring researchers into the College who did not yet meet all of the Membership Selection Criteria (for Academics), particularly those in the early stages of their careers.

Moving forward, the College aims to ensure balanced representation within its membership. As part of our targeted recruitment efforts, we will continuously monitor the membership base to fill expertise and demographic gaps in alignment with CIHR's Equity Strategy and competition reviewing needs. To help with this the College is pleased to announce the Reviewer Pathway, which is a comprehensive suite of learning and capacity development programs aimed at supporting the development of peer review skills across career stages, expertise and background, such as patients and knowledge users.

For questions about the following data and/or the College’s overall membership demographics, please contact college@cihr-irsc.gc.ca. The following demographic information is based on self-reported data from College Members.

College Membership by Type

As of January 28, 2021 the College’s Membership base is composed of:
3,717 Full Members

48 Associate Members

College Membership by Primary Theme

College Membership by Primary Theme – as of January 28, 2021
Theme College Members % of Membership Base
Biomedical 2,014 53%
Clinical 671 18%
Health systems/services 357 9%
Social/Cultural/Environmental/Population Health 516 14%
UncategorizedFootnote 1 207 6%
Total 3,765 100%

College Membership by Sex

College Membership by Sex – as of January 28, 2021
Sex College Members % of Membership Base
Female 1,491 40%
Male 2,274 60%
Total 3,765 100%

College Members by Geographic Distribution

College Members by Geographic DistributionFootnote 2 – as of January 28, 2021
Province/Territory College Members % of Membership Base
Alberta 445 11.82%
British Columbia 451 11.98%
Manitoba 128 3.40%
New Brunswick 15 0.40%
Newfoundland and Labrador 35 0.93%
Nova Scotia 102 2.71%
Ontario 1,373 36.47%
Prince Edward Island 2 0.05%
Quebec 956 25.39%
Saskatchewan 76 2.02%
Yukon 1 0.03%
Other - International 181 4.81%
Total 3,765 100%
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