CIHR is seeking members for its new Advisory Committee on Ethics

In particular, we are seeking members with ethics-related expertise and/or experience in the following areas: applied ethics, Indigenous health, social and cultural determinants of health, health equity and social justice, global health, infectious diseases, open science, pandemics, public health, genetics/genomics, paediatrics, mental health, artificial intelligence, and health services and policy.

CIHR is committed to the values and principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion across all aspects of its business. The composition of the committee will therefore reflect a diversity of perspectives, including representation of Indigenous Peoples, racialized groups, women, persons with disabilities, various geographic locations, both of Canada’s official languages, and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, among others. We encourage individuals with these identities to apply.

This committee reports to the Vice President, Research - Learning Health Systems and is tasked with providing guidance to support CIHR’s commitment to ethics in health research, as set out in the CIHR Act and outlined in CIHR’s Strategic Plan.

More specifically, ACE will be responsible for:


To be eligible for consideration, candidates will be assessed for their experience, knowledge and expertise in the area of ethics in health research.

Appointments to the committee will be made in a way that ensures:

The appointments will begin in fall 2023 for a term of three years; external members may be renewed for a second term of up to three years.

Time Commitment

The committee will meet up to three times per year. One meeting per year will be in-person/hybrid in Ottawa, while the other meetings will be held virtually. Ad-hoc meetings may be called by the co-chairs in response to emerging or timely issues related to the committee’s mandate. In addition, members will be invited to participate in sub-committee meetings, as required. A sub-committee is a small working group of committee members with the purpose of exploring and analyzing a specific ethics issue and providing advice and/or recommendation to CIHR.

Remuneration and Expenses

Travel and accommodation expenses incurred by members for in-person meetings will be reimbursed in accordance with the Government of Canada’s Treasury Board Guidelines. CIHR will also provide compensation for individuals with lived/living experience; more information is available upon request.

How to Apply

Interested individuals are invited to apply by sending the following documents to CIHR’s Ethics Office:

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