Research Manitoba is a provincial funding agency, which provides funds for research in the health, natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities in Manitoba through a number of grants and awards programs from moneys received from the Province.
Research Manitoba brings together the Manitoba Health Research Council (MHRC), the
Manitoba Research and Innovation Fund, the Health Research Initiative, and the Manitoba Centres of Excellence Fund.
Funding for 2019/20 is $12,000,000 from the Department of Economic Development and Training.
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.
Research Manitoba is a provincial agency that reports to the Minister of Economic Development and Training. The Chair of the Board is Ms. Tracey Maconachie, President of the Bioscience Association of Manitoba. There may be up to 17 board members; 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.
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.