Institute Advisory Board Member Application and Guidelines

CIHR has launched the 2023 membership cycle for its Institute Advisory Boards (IAB). The number of members on an IAB is between eight and 14. Selection criteria and composition of the IABs is available under the IAB Selection Criteria. Consult the CIHR Institute web pages to review their specific areas of focus.

Online applications can be submitted, via ResearchNet, from March 7, 2023 to April 25, 2023.

Applications received after the deadline will be stored in the database and considered for the next membership cycle, to be launched in early 2024.

How to Apply to Become an IAB Member

To become an IAB member, candidates must submit a completed application using the ResearchNet system including a CIHR IAB CV created using the Canadian Common CV system.

To apply, you will need the following:

  1. ResearchNet account
  3. Common CV account
  4. Common CV PIN/System Account - this is the same as your CIHR PIN

Step 1 - Create a CIHR PIN and/or a ResearchNet Account

Note: You will be required to validate your PIN on the Common CV system prior to submitting your CV. To validate your PIN/System Account chose the PIN option from the main menu and follow the instructions. For additional information, click on the "Register with CIHR" link.

Step 2 - Create a CIHR IAB CV

Note: The CV confirmation number you receive when you submit your CIHR IAB template will need to be entered in the ResearchNet application (next step) in order to complete your IAB application.

Step 3 - Submit your completed application through ResearchNet

Note: The completion of the self-identification questionnaire – which can include responding “I prefer not to answer” to any question – is required in order for your application to be considered for membership on an IAB. Selecting “I prefer not to answer” for one or more of the questions will not prevent your candidacy from being considered. Individuals may have already completed this information in ResearchNet as an applicant to a CIHR funding program. However, this data is being collected specifically for IAB recruitment purposes (which falls outside of the scope of the privacy statement for CIHR’s applicant self-identification questionnaire) and the responses will not affect your eligibility for funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. More information on the self-identification questionnaire can be found on our frequently asked questions webpage.

Need Assistance?

For more information or assistance, please contact the IAB mailbox by e-mail at

For technical and Common CV assistance, please contact CIHR at or by telephone 613-954-1968 / 1-888-603-4178.

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