Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is seeking a Scientific Director for the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA), one of CIHR’s 13 health research Institutes.

Scientific Directors (SDs) of CIHR Institutes are leaders in their respective fields who champion and support health research, knowledge mobilization, and capacity development at the highest level of scientific excellence. As key representatives of CIHR, they provide scientific leadership and advice, shaping CIHR’s health research priorities and investment strategies with the goal of improving the health of people in Canada and around the world. This role provides an unparalleled opportunity to mentor and train the next generation of health researchers, advocate for researchers, people with lived experience and other partner communities and give back to the health research ecosystem.

Learn more about the role of the Scientific Director.

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to fill one SD position for a four-year term, beginning July 1, 2025. There is the possibility of re-appointment for a subsequent four-year term, with a maximum mandate length of eight years in total.

CIHR promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate if they belong to one of the designated groups when they apply: Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis), racialized, a person with a disability, women, and/or a member of the 2SLGBTQI+ community.

About CIHR

CIHR is Canada's federal health research funding agency. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR collaborates with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system. As a member of the federal government’s Health Portfolio, CIHR reports to Parliament through the Minister of Health.

CIHR's Strategic Plan 2021-2031: A Vision for a Healthier Future sets out a path to ensuring that Canadian health research is internationally recognized as inclusive, collaborative, transparent, culturally safe, and focused on real-world impact. CIHR is committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), accessibility, anti-ableism, and anti-racism across all aspects of its business. Additionally, CIHR embraces a distinctions-based and culturally safe approach, incorporating Indigenous Ways of Knowing, by listening attentively to and working with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples to further strengthen Indigenous health research in Canada.


The mandate of CIHR-INMHA is to support research that enhances knowledge of the brain – mental health, neurological health, vision, hearing and cognitive functioning - and reduces the burden of related disorders through prevention strategies, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation.

In collaboration with other CIHR Institutes and partners, CIHR-INMHA develops funding opportunities that support the research community in addressing important health needs within the diverse CIHR-INMHA mandate areas.

CIHR-INMHA supports the research community through training workshops, recognizing excellence in research achievements, sharing research evidence with partners, strengthening Indigenous health research, and fostering EDI in all activities.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the CIHR President, and working with CIHR's executive team, staff, and other partners, the Scientific Director of CIHR-INMHA will provide overall executive direction and scientific leadership for CIHR-INMHA. The successful candidate will contribute across a breadth of areas:

Institute Mandate

CIHR Mandate

CIHR Strategic Plan

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and Indigenous Rights

Key Qualifications

Degree and position


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Indigenous Rights


Proficiency in both official languages would be an asset.

How to Apply

CIHR invites applications from all qualified candidates. Please submit the following information to by September 16, 2024:

Persons are entitled to participate in the application process in the official language of their choice. Candidates are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their email application.


Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment. If you require accommodation(s), please contact Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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