III Strategic Plan 2021-2025

For past five years, CIHR-III has made consistent efforts to fund infection and immunity research identified through its Strategic Plan 2013-2018. With the completion of the 5-year plan that coincided with the appointment of the new Scientific Director, III is now launching a yearlong community and stakeholder engagement plan to identify the new strategic priorities for III. The Institute is planning to complete a new five-year (2021-2025) strategic plan by Fall 2020, which will align with the new overall CIHR Strategic Plan.

We believe strongly in the importance of engaging our community, and we are seeking your opinion and advice as we work towards the development of our priorities, aligned with the mandate of the institute, in the area of infection and immunity research. The input we receive through these engagements is invaluable in guiding our discussions and informing our decision-making process.

Below you will find an overview of the year-long strategic planning process. We will continue to post more information as we move through the process, including key dates and locations for engagement workshops and focus groups. The III team looks forward to working collaboratively with you on this important undertaking.

Key dates

October to December 2019

SD Message: Strategic Planning Surveys for III and HIV/AIDS and STBBI

The online surveys for the CIHR-III Strategic Plan (2021 – 2025) and the CIHR HIV/AIDS and STBBI Strategic Plan (2020 – 2025) are now closed.

January to February 2020

Large Strategic Planning Engagement Workshops with broader research community across Canada

Hamilton, Ontario
Date: January 8, 2020

Toronto, Ontario
Date: January 30, 2020

Calgary, Alberta
Date: February 11, 2020

March to August 2020

Given CIHR’s moratorium due to the evolution and impact of COVID-19, the Strategic Planning events initially planned for March, April and May were postponed.

September 2020

Large Strategic Planning Engagement Workshops with broader research community across Canada (resumed virtually)

Atlantic Provinces
September 17, 2020

Greater Vancouver and Victoria Area
September 21, 2020

Greater Montreal Area
September 22, 2020

Prairie Provinces
September 29, 2020

October to November 2020

We have heard your priorities and ideas and are ready to dig deeper with you, as our infection and immunity shareholders, into those that have emerged as reoccurring themes across all engagement activities thus far, including sex and gender, racial equity, early career investigators and knowledge mobilization. To that end, we will be hosting a series of Focus Groups that will take place in October 2020.

If you are interested in participating in a Focus Group or have any questions, please send us an email at III-IMII@cihr-irsc.gc.ca with your expression of interest at least one week prior to the date of the focus group. Please indicate your name, title, affiliated organization and the Focus Group you are interested in, and we will contact you with additional information.

Integration of Sex and Gender Considerations in Infection and Immunity Research and Research Environment
October 19, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET

Supporting Early Career Professionals in Infection and Immunity Research
October 20, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET

Integration of Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Infection and Immunity Research and Research Environment
October 26, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM ET

Enabling Knowledge Mobilization to Maximize Impact in Infection and Immunity Research
October 27, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET

December 2020 to March 2021
Strategic plan drafted, approved and launched

We will continue to post more updates on Strategic Planning as we move through the process.

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