Call for Interest: CIHR’s Stem Cell Oversight Committee

The Governance and Nominating Committee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is seeking applications from qualified experts to join the Stem Cell Oversight Committee (SCOC). Individuals with expertise in basic science and/or clinical areas of reproduction, developmental biology, medical genetics, stem cell biology, molecular biology, therapeutics and cellular pathology as well as medical/research ethics, health law, and social sciences are encouraged to apply. CIHR is committed to the values and principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across all aspects of its business. The composition of the committee will reflect CIHR's commitment to ensure gender equity and representation of Indigenous Peoples and Francophones.

The mandate of CIHR's SCOC is to review research applications involving human pluripotent or human totipotent stem cells that have been derived from an embryonic source and/or will be transferred into humans or non-human animals to ensure compliance with Chapter 12, Section F of the TCPS 2.

The major roles and responsibilities of the committee are to:

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must:

Appointments to the Stem Cell Oversight Committee will be made in a way that ensures:

The appointments will start on January 1, 2024 for a term of three years, and members may be renewed for a second term of up to three years.

The current membership and additional information on the SCOC can be found here:
Stem Cell Oversight Committee - CIHR (

To note: The Terms of Reference of all standing committees of CIHR's Governing Council are reviewed annually and more frequently if amendments are required.

Time Commitment

The Committee meets virtually at least twice per year for business meetings. Additional meetings may be held at the call of the Chair. Members will be asked to conduct delegated reviews, or committee virtual reviews of human stem cell research applications throughout the year (no more than monthly).


Members are not compensated for their service.

How to Apply

Interested individuals are invited to apply by sending the following documents to CIHR's Governance Secretariat:

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