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 April 05, 2022 the College’s Membership base is composed of:

4,128 Full Members

191 Associate Members

College Membership by Primary Theme

College Membership by Primary Theme – as of April 05, 2022
Theme College Members % of Membership Base
Biomedical 2,322 54%
Clinical 766 18%
Health systems/services 427 10%
Social/Cultural/Environmental/Population Health 615 14%
UncategorizedFootnote 1 189 4%
Total 4,319 100%

College Membership by Sex

College Membership by Sex – as of April 05, 2022
Sex College Members % of Membership Base
Female 1,787 41%
Male 2,529 59%
UncategorizedFootnote 1 3 0%
Total 4,319 100%

College Members by Geographic Distribution

College Members by Geographic DistributionFootnote 2 – as of April 05, 2022
Province/Territory College Members % of Membership Base
Alberta 524 12.13%
British Columbia 507 11.74%
Manitoba 155 3.59%
New Brunswick 14 0.32%
Newfoundland and Labrador 37 0.86%
Nova Scotia 128 2.96%
Ontario 1,618 37.46%
Prince Edward Island 3 0.07%
Quebec 1,077 24.94%
Saskatchewan 87 2.01%
Yukon 1 0.02%
Other - International 168 3.89%
Total 4,319 100%
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