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 May 11, 2021 the College’s Membership base is composed of:

4,106 Full Members

83 Associate Members

College Membership by Primary Theme

College Membership by Primary Theme – as of May 11, 2021
Theme College Members % of Membership Base
Biomedical 2,232 53%
Clinical 763 18%
Health systems/services 395 10%
Social/Cultural/Environmental/Population Health 591 14%
UncategorizedFootnote 1 208 5%
Total 4,189 100%

College Membership by Sex

College Membership by Sex – as of May 11, 2021
Sex College Members % of Membership Base
Female 1,684 40%
Male 2,505 60%
Total 4,189 100%

College Members by Geographic Distribution

College Members by Geographic DistributionFootnote 2 – as of May 11, 2021
Province/Territory College Members % of Membership Base
Alberta 506 12.08%
British Columbia 483 11.53%
Manitoba 153 3.65%
New Brunswick 17 0.41%
Newfoundland and Labrador 35 0.84%
Nova Scotia 122 2.91%
Ontario 1,553 37.07%
Prince Edward Island 3 0.07%
Quebec 1,038 24.78%
Saskatchewan 83 1.98%
Yukon 1 0.02%
Other - International 195 4.66%
Total 4,189 100%
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