Government of Canada highlights investment of $10M in 15 research projects at the University of Manitoba

March 15, 2019 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Canada is home to highly trained and creative health researchers, and the Government of Canada is proud to support their important work.

Today, while touring the research facilities at the University of Manitoba on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, highlighted a recent federal investment in health research.

The $10.4 million awarded to University of Manitoba researchers is part of a $275 million national investment to support Canadian researchers studying the full spectrum of health issues affecting the lives of Canadians. This investment in health research supports our economy and creates high-quality middle-class jobs. Every $100 million invested in health research represents 1,800 jobs for researchers and trainees.

MP Duguid met with grant recipients at the University of Manitoba to celebrate their achievements and to learn more about their research projects. A highlight of the visit included a meeting with Dr. Roberta Woodgate, who has received funding to develop a new model of respite care to provide relief for children living with complex care needs and conditions, and their families. MP Duguid also met with Dr. Kellie Thiessen, who is identifying new ways of delivering maternity care in Indigenous and remote communities.


“Investments in health research are some of the most important that we can make as a nation. These federally funded projects hold the potential for scientific advancements, new treatments, and improved quality of life for Canadians living with a variety of health conditions, while creating high-quality middle-class jobs at hospitals and universities across the country.”
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health

“I extend my warmest congratulations to the scientists receiving funding today. The research you are doing, on topics ranging from Alzheimer’s disease and cancer to heart disease and Indigenous health, holds great promise for improving the health and quality of life of Manitobans today and for decades to come.”
Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South

“Health research has the power to help us tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing us as a society, and Canadians should be proud of the incredible work being done from coast to coast to coast. As a researcher myself, I can say that the work is rarely glamourous—but it is always worthwhile, and I am excited to watch these CIHR-funded projects unfold.”
Michael J. Strong, President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

“These researchers are doing cutting-edge studies that are a testament to the outstanding calibre of transformational research conducted at the University of Manitoba and at our affiliated partner organizations. I congratulate them on receiving these research funds in a highly competitive environment.”
Dr. Digvir Jayas, Vice-President, Research and International, and Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba

Quick facts

  • The projects funded through the $275M investment are supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)’s largest funding program.
    • This program, called the Project Grant program, is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health research and the health care system.
    • It supports projects of varying sizes and duration through a highly competitive and rigorous review process.
    • CIHR runs two Project Grant competitions per year.
    • The results from the latest competition were released in January 2019, and the funding ($275M) will begin on April 1, 2019.
  • Eighty-two of the grants from the latest competition were awarded to early career researchers (those within the first five years of their first academic appointment).
  • Eleven of the grants funded are focused on Indigenous health research. CIHR is proud to support these projects as part of its commitment to invest 4.6% of its annual budget in Indigenous health research.

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