Reform(atting) the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – a living autopsy

Very thoughtful overview of CIHR reforms from Jim Woodgett.

Piece of Mind

dr.-jim-woodgettLast year, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which is the primary federal funding agency of health research in Canada, embarked on a bold and wide-ranging series of reforms that change virtually every aspect of how health research funding is applied for, evaluated and distributed. On July 15, 2015, the results of the first major competition under the new system were released, as were the first casualties. Judging from the social media firestorm that followed, we felt that Canada’s research community may want to know some more. So I asked Jim Woodgett, Director of Research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, to help us out. He kindly obliged by writing the following very informative guest blog. Jim was one of the initial F-scheme awardees, so this is far from being a rant of a bitter applicant. The simple fact is that nearly 300 accomplished Canadian researchers (those who submitted to Stage 2 but were…

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