Regarding the funding of research in Canada,1 new money has been injected in a big way, by Canadian standards, with the creation of Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It started in 2000 with a budget inherited from its predecessor organization (the Medical Research Council) of $275 million. CIHR's research budget as of April 1, 2002 will be double that amount—$562 million. Today, CIHR is funding 32% more operating grants (with an average increase in value of 26%), 33% more training awards, and 47% more salary awards than in the last year of the MRC. We have launched two major new programs in collaborative research involving approximately 330 investigators.

We are about to implement a major training program, which will see 51 training centers funded across Canada, representing a six-year commitment of $100 million from CIHR and several partner agencies. We will also have a developmental program that will fund...

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