Role of the Scientific Director

Scientific Directors (SDs) of CIHR Institutes are leaders in their respective fields who champion and support health research, knowledge mobilization, and capacity development at the highest level of scientific excellence. As key representatives of CIHR, they provide scientific leadership and advice, shaping CIHR’s health research priorities and investment strategies with the goal of improving the health of people in Canada and around the world. This role provides an unparalleled opportunity to mentor and train the next generation of health researchers, advocate for researchers, people with lived experience and other partner communities, and give back to the health research ecosystem.

Scientific Directors remain employees of their academic institution, which hosts the Institute during their term. They are required to devote 50% of their time to CIHR-related duties while remaining active as a researcher. CIHR supports Scientific Directors by providing an Institute Support Grant to support the operation and staffing of the Institute. In addition, they receive ongoing financial support to ensure the continuity of their research program. Scientific Directors manage an Institute team that helps with its operations and collaborates closely with the corporate head office at CIHR.

Upcoming opportunities

Scientific Directors are recruited through a competitive process and appointed by CIHR's Governing Council for a mandate of four years. There is the possibility to renew the SD’s appointment through an assessment and evaluation process, for an additional four-year term, with a maximum mandate length of eight years in total.

View current and upcoming Scientific Directors positions.

CIHR’s Scientific Directors share what makes the job special

“Investing in sex and gender science is our path to discovery and impact for better, more equitable health for everyone. I’m so grateful that the position of Scientific Director affords me the opportunity to help shape a bold vision of a healthier future for all men, women, girls, boys and gender-diverse people.”

Dr. Angela Kaida
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Gender and Health

“Serving as a CIHR Scientific Director is a great opportunity to contribute to the health of our national community in concert with a group of highly committed, capable, and supportive scientific leaders.”

Dr. Norman Rosenblum
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes

“Each small, but meaningful step in cancer research makes a profound difference in the lives of individuals and their families impacted by cancer. As the Scientific Director, it’s a privilege to support the life-changing cancer research happening here in Canada.”

Dr. Fei-Fei Liu
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Cancer Research

“As the Scientific Director, you have the opportunity to work closely with the broad Canadian health research ecosystem to try to improve the health of Canadians.”

Dr. Karim Khan
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis

“It is an absolute honour and a privilege to serve alongside my Scientific Director colleagues from across the country. It is through collective dedication and collaborative efforts that we can continue to propel the research ecosystem forward.”

Dr. Christine Chambers
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health

“Canada has a rich history in training and conducting world-class genetics research, and I’m so glad that I get to play a role in keeping the momentum going and supporting and growing this research community.”

Dr. Christopher McMaster
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Genetics

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