Member Demographics

The College’s initial enrolment efforts began by seeking out the recruitment of Full Members that met all of the College’s Membership Selection Criteria. In early 2018, the College was pleased to announce the Associate Member Program as an opportunity to bring researchers into the College who did not yet meet all of the Membership Selection Criteria (for Academics), particularly those in the early stages of their careers.

Moving forward, the College aims to ensure balanced representation within its membership. As part of our targeted recruitment efforts, we will continuously monitor the membership base to fill expertise and demographic gaps in alignment with CIHR's Equity Strategy and competition reviewing needs. To help with this the College is pleased to announce the Reviewer Pathway, which is a comprehensive suite of learning and capacity development programs aimed at supporting the development of peer review skills across career stages, expertise and background, such as patients and knowledge users.

For questions about the following data and/or the College’s overall membership demographics, please contact college@cihr-irsc.gc.ca. The following demographic information is based on self-reported data from College Members.

College Membership by Type

As of September 07, 2022 the College’s Membership base is composed of:

4,187 Full Members

271 Associate Members

College Membership by Primary Theme

College Membership by Primary Theme – as of September 07, 2022
Theme College Members % of Membership Base
Biomedical 2,382 53%
Clinical 790 18%
Health systems/services 446 10%
Social/Cultural/Environmental/Population Health 652 15%
UncategorizedFootnote 1 188 4%
Total 4,458 100%

College Membership by Career Stage

College Membership by Career Stage – as of September 07, 2022
Career Stage College Members % of Membership Base
Early Career Researcher 681 15%
Mid-Career Researcher 1,305 29%
Senior Career Researcher 2,343 53%
UncategorizedFootnote 1 129 3%
Total 4,458 100%

College Membership by Sex

College Membership by Sex – as of September 07, 2022
Sex College Members % of Membership Base
Female 1,865 42%
Male 2,587 58%
UncategorizedFootnote 1 6 0%
Total 4,458 100%

College Members by Geographic Distribution

College Members by Geographic DistributionFootnote 2 – as of September 07, 2022
Province/Territory College Members % of Membership Base
Alberta 532 11.93%
British Columbia 519 11.64%
Manitoba 157 3.52%
New Brunswick 16 0.36%
Newfoundland and Labrador 39 0.87%
Northwest Territories 2 0.04%
Nova Scotia 132 2.96%
Ontario 1,673 37.53%
Prince Edward Island 3 0.07%
Quebec 1,114 24.99%
Saskatchewan 99 2.22%
Yukon 1 0.02%
Other - International 171 3.84%
Total 4,458 100%
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