About Us

Research Manitoba promotes, supports, and coordinates the funding of research excellence and innovation in health, natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities in Manitoba.

Research Manitoba supports local talent development by providing research support to early career researchers and graduate students, along with fostering strategic partnerships to strengthen research and innovation in Manitoba.

Learn more about our organization in our video titled:
Building our Future Through Investment in Research

MANDATE

The mandate of Research Manitoba is to promote and support, and coordinate the funding of, research in the health, natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities in Manitoba.

Funding for 2020/21 is $12,000,000 from the Department of Economic Development and Jobs.

GOVERNANCE

Research Manitoba is a provincial agency that reports to the Minister of Economic Development and Jobs. The Chair of the Board is Ms. Andrea Legary, Chief Science and Technology Officer, The Recoup Group. Research Manitoba’s Board of Directors is appointed by the Provincial Government.

The Board has three committees, which aid in its work; Executive, Finance and Audit, and Nominating and Governance. In addition, there is one advisory body; the Research Advisory Committee and numerous review committees.

The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) provides strategic advice and makes recommendations to the Research Manitoba Board on research-related and peer review opportunities and activities. The membership of RAC should reflect the broad experience with research in the health, natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities in Manitoba.

HISTORY

On June 19, 2014 the Manitoba government established Research Manitoba as a way to bring major provincial research funding programs together under one umbrella, making more focused and effective use of research dollars and building on the province’s strengths and strategic priorities.

The programs that were brought together include:

  • Manitoba Health Research Council (MHRC)
  • Manitoba Research and Innovation Fund (MRIF)
  • Health Research Initiative (HRI)
  • Manitoba Centres of Excellence Fund (MCEF)

Research Manitoba is mandated to promote and support and coordinate the funding of, research in the health, natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities in Manitoba.

According to the mandate the organization may financially assist research in Manitoba; publish and distribute scientific, technical and economic information relating to the work of Research Manitoba; and advise and make recommendations to the minister on matters related to the mandated areas of research.

Research Manitoba was built on the staff and board structure of the MHRC. Funding excellence in research was a high priority for the MHRC and the organization was able to do this because of its sound peer review process; this core program practice will be adopted by Research Manitoba and applied to all of the funding programs to ensure that the tradition of funding excellence continues.

The history of Research Manitoba has only just begun, but its roots come from the MHRC and that began in early 1980. Dr. Arnold Naimark, Dr. Henry Friesen and Dr. Lyonel Israels met with the Provincial Minister of Health, Bud Sherman and his Acting Deputy Minister, Dr. George Johnson, to express concern about the absence of provincial funding to support and recruit young investigators to Manitoba the ability to retain established scientists.

Read more about our history in the document located in the sidebar – on the right of the screen.

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Research Manitoba is located on the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and in the homeland of the Métis Nation.

We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.