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 21, 2021 the College’s Membership base is composed of:

4,113 Full Members

102 Associate Members

College Membership by Primary Theme

College Membership by Primary Theme – as of September 21, 2021
Theme College Members % of Membership Base
Biomedical 2,247 53%
Clinical 774 18%
Health systems/services 405 10%
Social/Cultural/Environmental/Population Health 595 14%
UncategorizedFootnote 1 194 5%
Total 4,215 100%

College Membership by Sex

College Membership by Sex – as of September 21, 2021
Sex College Members % of Membership Base
Female 1,701 40%
Male 2,514 60%
Total 4,215 100%

College Members by Geographic Distribution

College Members by Geographic DistributionFootnote 2 – as of September 21, 2021
Province/Territory College Members % of Membership Base
Alberta 513 12.17%
British Columbia 479 11.36%
Manitoba 154 3.65%
New Brunswick 17 0.40%
Newfoundland and Labrador 34 0.81%
Nova Scotia 130 3.08%
Ontario 1,565 37.13%
Prince Edward Island 3 0.07%
Quebec 1,041 24.70%
Saskatchewan 82 1.95%
Yukon 1 0.02%
Other - International 196 4.65%
Total 4,215 100%
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