Institutes model review: mandate and terms of reference of Internal Working Group


The mandate of the Internal Working Group is to review the structure, role, policies, and budgetary framework of Institutes pertaining to their capacity to effectively respond to current and emerging health research challenges and to take advantage of national and international scientific opportunities to optimally deliver on CIHR's mandate.

The Internal Working Group is also to recommend to GC whether the current slate of Institutes responds or not to the span of the health research landscape and positions CIHR to generate and translate knowledge responding to the most exacting criteria of scientific excellence and relevance to societal needs.

Roles and Responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities of the Internal Working Group will be:

  • To consider the background material and supporting documentation provided for the Institutes Review process;
  • To consider the results of an environmental scan concerning the current and future health research landscape and assess key findings to be factored into the Review process;
  • To consult with their respective Institute Advisory Boards and staff and consider these perspectives into the Review deliberations; and
  • To work as a group to develop recommendations concerning the optimal model, role and slate of Institutes in the form of verbal and written reports to the Executive Committee of Governing Council.

Chair and Membership

The Internal Working Group shall consist of the 13 Scientific Directors of CIHR and the three Vice-Presidents.

One of the members will act as the Chair.


It is expected that the Internal Working Group will meet a minimum of 2 times in conjunction with Science Council meetings. The Chair of the Internal Working Group may be asked to meet periodically with the Executive Committee of Governing Council and/or the Chair of the External Working Group to provide updates and to share information.


The Internal Working Group will submit their recommendations in the form of verbal and written reports to the Executive Committee of Governing Council by the end of May 2014. An interim report on the status of consultations/deliberations is requested in February 2014.

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