Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR)The Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR) was implemented by CIHR as a way for Canada to increase its competitiveness internationally in attracting new, bright, creative research talent and to ensure innovation and excellence in the next generation of Canadian health research training programs. Through the STIHR, individual training programs receive funding primarily targeted towards supporting research trainees through stipends. Funding for these training programs is provided by CIHR and its partners in the government, voluntary and private sectors. For a complete list of the funding partners and their mandates, please visit the STIHR Partnership page.
The first STIHR competition resulted in 51 training programs being funded in March 2002. An additional 35 programs were funded in April 2003 and others have been funded through competitions held since 2003. In 2008 a new competition was launched and resulted in 54 training programs being funded in April 2009. These programs included 36 renewals of existing training grants from the 2002 and 2003 competitions and 18 new training programs (please visit the Funded Programs page for a compete list of grantees). Competitions in specific areas continue to be held and interested parties are invited to visit the CIHR Funding Opportunities page for current opportunities and details.