Strong Showing in Race for Research Dollars

July 27, 2016

So far in 2016, Heart Institute researchers have won more than $7 million in research funding, including major awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. Perhaps most remarkable is the Institute’s success rate versus the national average:

  • CIHR Project Grants: 22% vs. 13%
  • CIHR Foundation Grants: 25% vs. 13%
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation Grants-in-Aid: 50% vs. 20%

“This reflects the dedication and focused efforts of our researchers,” said Peter Liu, MD, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of Research. “The grant reviews are all about how relevant and impactful the research is in addressing the real health challenges we face and having exciting, innovative solutions. I think we are clearly meeting those criteria.”

Grants awarded this year to Heart Institute researchers explore many aspects of heart disease, including:

Many of these grants were awarded to scientists recently recruited to the Heart Institute.

“I’m particularly proud of our young recruits. This shows how engaged and hard working they are,” said Dr. Liu.

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