November 3, 2021, Winnipeg, MB – Research Manitoba releases its Manitoba COVID-19 Research Fund Interim Report.

The report is available online.

This interim report is a supplement to the recently released Research Manitoba Annual Report, providing an overview of the research and impact the Manitoba COVID-19 Research Fund has had in the global fight against COVID-19. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge the health and well-being of citizens and health systems around the world, research provides important insights and tools to combat the disease.

Research has helped us to better understand COVID-19 and how it spreads through the testing and development of therapies, vaccines, diagnostic tools and public health interventions. Manitoba researchers and companies have been at the forefront of these developments, and Research Manitoba is proud to have supported the work they do.   

The interim report captures the work of Manitoba researchers and companies as of April 2021.   

Thank you to our funder, Province of Manitoba, Department of Economic Development and Jobs and to the research community in our province for the work you have done and are continuing to do.

For more information: info@researchmb.ca


Research Manitoba Trainee Awards Have Been Extended 

November 2, 2021 – The deadline for this program has been extended to Monday, December 6, 2021. Reference letters and transcripts are now due Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

Questions related to the Trainee Awards competition can be sent to helpdesk@researchmb.ca or jennifer.cleary@researchmb.ca.


Building Connections
2020-21 Annual Report

October 28, 2021, Winnipeg, MB – Research Manitoba released its 2020-21 Annual Report, Building Connections, including Financial Statements on September 30, 2021.

The report is available online.

The report provides a summary of Research Manitoba’s impacts, highlights our programs and funding, showcases research and innovation, which continues to advance in our province.

Thank you to our funder, Department of Economic Development and Jobs and to the research community in our province – your dedication to championing our researchers and building strong connections is so important to advancing research in Manitoba.

For more information or to request a physical copy of this report please contact us at: info@researchmb.ca


Research Manitoba closed September 30th for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 

September 29, 2021 – Research Manitoba will close its offices on Thursday, September 30, 2021 in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Throughout Canada and Manitoba, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation allows us to recognize and reflect on the tragic history and ongoing effects of residential schools.  

“Our Board of Directors and staff will take time to reflect upon and honour those who were lost, those who were and are survivors of residential schools, as well as the families and communities who are grieving,” said Karen Dunlop, CEO, Research Manitoba. “Our organization will support the advancement of reconciliation through learning, research, and raising awareness.” 

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, located on the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus, is planning a number of initiatives to recognize Truth and Reconciliation Week, Orange Shirt Day, and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We can help to mark September 30th by wearing orange shirts and ‘lighting up’ the country orange. 

If you’d like to learn more, here are some links for the history of residential schools, Survivors’ stories, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s 94 Calls to Action and other key reports


Research Manitoba and The Vic Foundation Support Research Excellence in Adult Mental Health and Care of Older Adults

June 30, 2021, Winnipeg, MB. Research Manitoba and Victoria General Hospital Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Victoria General Hospital Foundation Research Grant Program. Two new grants, totaling $69,230, have been awarded to support research excellence in adult mental health and the care of older adults.

Congratulations to our recipients!

Dr. Krista Hardy, $34,691
Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
Project Title: A decolonizing approach to the incorporation of traditional Indigenous ways of healing into Manitoba’s bariatric program

Dr. Corey Mackenzie, $34,539
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba
Project Title: Opportunities to promote treatment engagement among older adults referred to specialty mental health services

The Vic Foundation and Research Manitoba Program aims to fund interdisciplinary research with potential for significant impact based on scientific excellence, and relevance to adult and/or geriatric mental health, and the overall health and well-being of older adults within the Province of Manitoba.

The priority areas for the research include novel therapeutics, remote access and artificial intelligence, Indigenous health, improvements to quality of care, and/or improvements to geriatric care.

Read the Full Release.


Research Impact Report:
Manitoba’s Pork Industry

The pork industry is one of the largest farming industries in Canada. With an export value of nearly $4.7 billion in 2019, Canada is the sixth largest exporter of hog and pork in the world. Manitoba is playing a key role in building Canada’s global reputation as a supplier of quality pork products while also leading the country in hog production.

This impact report focuses on research and innovations conducted in Manitoba related to manure management, animal welfare, and biosecurity, some of the main areas important for promoting sustainable growth in the pork industry. These examples demonstrate how collaborative research is a vehicle through which the Manitoba pork industry addresses its challenges, adopts new technologies, and innovates.

Learn More Here!


Dear Colleagues,

The news from May 27, 2021, impacted everyone at Research Manitoba.

We are deeply saddened about the heartbreaking discovery of the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School and we offer our deepest condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all families and loved ones of the innocent victims of this tragedy.

We honour those whose lives were lost, survivors of residential schools, and acknowledge the intergenerational trauma on families, in Manitoba and across Canada.

Please visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) for information and resources.




Research Manitoba, Victoria General Hospital Foundation, and the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba’s Rady Faculty of Health Sciences announced a contest today to name 15 new telepresence robots.

Participants can submit names through The Vic Foundation website at for their chance to win a special prize package.

These telepresence robots are part of a new study by UM researchers which will assess whether these robots can effectively support informal caregivers of individuals living with dementia. This study was funded through an inaugural strategic partnership between The Vic Foundation and Research Manitoba.

Enter Here for a chance to win!

Read the Full News Release


Research Manitoba and the Victoria General Hospital Foundation Launch a Health Research Competition

November 9, 2020

Today Research Manitoba and the Victoria General Hospital Foundation launched a Health Research Competition!

Through the Victoria General Hospital Foundation Research Grant Program, The Vic Foundation and Research Manitoba seek to promote excellence in adult mental health and the care of older adults. To do so, we will fund operating research grants to projects that have potential for significant impact based on scientific excellence, and relevance to adult and/or geriatric mental health and the overall health and well-being of older adults.

This Program aims to support interdisciplinary research projects with the potential to enhance adult mental health, geriatric health and/or overall health and well-being of older adults within the Province of Manitoba.

Click here to read more.


Cubresa’s NuPET Bio BSL3 Imaging System Selected by Innovative Solutions Canada to Test in COVID-19 Research Program

On October 30, 2020 one of our recent COVID-19 Innovation Proof-of-Concept Grant recipients, Cubresa Inc., received a contract and funding from the Government of Canada.

Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced $796,000 in funding from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) through the Pandemic Response Challenge program, as well as challenge winners and new contracts under the Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) Testing Stream. The ISC Testing Stream looks to help Canadian companies of all sizes get their products/services to market. It involves buying pre-commercial products/services, trying them in real-life settings and providing the companies with valuable feedback. 

Cubresa Inc. is one of three new projects funded under the ISC Testing Stream and their NuPET Bio imaging system, the first in the world specifically designed for infectious disease research in BSL3 environments, has received a contract and funding through Innovative Solutions Canada. The equipment will be installed at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and will be used to support the centre’s SARS-CoV-2 research program.

The project is being supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Research Manitoba’s funding and support enabled Cubresa Inc. to apply for the Federal Program.

November 2, 2020 – Cubresa Inc.’s News Release
October 30, 2020 – Federal Release
August 11, 2020 – Research Manitoba funds Cubresa Inc.

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2020 Grants & Awards

December 3, 2019

Research Manitoba invites you to apply to the 2020 Grants & Awards Competition; the following programs are now open:

  • New Investigators Operating Grant
  • Master’s Studentship Award
  • PhD Health Research Studentship Award
  • Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

The purpose of the 2020-21 Research Competition is to support highly qualified trainees and early career researchers who are advancing Manitoba-based research.

Click here to read the full release

2019 Grants & Awards Competition

June 11, 2019

Research Manitoba and our partners are pleased to announce the successful recipients for the 2019 Grants & Awards Competition!

Click here to see the full listing.



Research Manitoba – Strategic Planning

August 1, 2017

In the 2017 Provincial Budget, Research Manitoba received a $2 million cut to its budget, which is now $15 million annually. 

Research Manitoba is reviewing its organizational priorities and will align our programs with strategic goals identified through this process.  This could mean significant change for existing programs and will result in a delayed roll-out of 2018 programming and research competitions.  Research Manitoba values stakeholder input and wishes to provide every reasonable opportunity for engagement in this process.  The first step in this process is a stakeholder survey, which is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T9YPWSV

The survey will end on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Province Announces more Money for Dementia Research in Manitoba

August 8, 2015

Today’s announcement recognizes Dr. Benedict Albensi as the recipient of the Manitoba Dementia Research Chair. Albensi is a professor in the department of pharmacology and therapeutics, faculty of health sciences, college of medicine, University of Manitoba and principal investigator, synaptic plasticity and cellular memory dysfunction in the neurodegenerative disorders division of St-Boniface Hospital Research Centre.
Click here to read the full release.


CBC News
Winnipeg Free Press

First Canadian clinical trial studying ability of mesenchymal stem cells to treat multiple sclerosis

January 29, 2015

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation announced today a $4.2 million grant  in support of the MEsenchymal Stem cell therapy for CAnadian MS patients (MESCAMS) study led by Dr. Mark S. Freedman (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute / University of Ottawa), who is also the principal investigator at the Ottawa site, along with the principal investigator of the Winnipeg site  Dr. James J. Marriott (University of Manitoba) and colleagues. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) – found in many places in the body including the bone marrow, skin and fat – have been demonstrated to suppress inflammation and repair nerve tissue, positioning them as promising candidates for the treatment of MS. As a number of pioneering small studies have established the safety of administering MSC in humans, the excitement surrounding MESCAMS is profound. Taking place at two Canadian sites – located at The Ottawa Hospital and Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Winnipeg – MESCAMS will provide more definitive answers regarding the use of MSC to treat persons living with MS.  Read more…

Manitoba Dementia Research Chair

December 6, 2014

Research Manitoba is pleased to announce a partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba to develop and support a Manitoba Dementia Research Chair. This award will support an internationally recognized early to mid-career researcher who works as an independent investigator in dementia research. The Chair is a five year award intended to increase the profile and productivity of dementia research in Manitoba.  Read More…



NOTE – On June 19, 2014 MHRC became Research Manitoba.

Prior to that date the Manitoba Health Research Council will be the name of the organization in the news/stories.

March 11, 2014

Presentations – MB Research Chair in Health System Innovation

The Manitoba Health Research Council, together with the University of Manitoba is undertaking a joint recruitment for a Manitoba Research Chair in Health System Innovation to be placed within the Centre for Healthcare Innovation.

There are three candidates who made a presentation of their work as part of the recruitment process on March 5, 6 & 7, 2014. The presentations were recorded and can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

March 5, 2014 – Sara Kreindler
March 6, 2014 – Paul Komenda
March 7, 2014 – Josée Lavoie

February 21, 2014


SUPPORT Unit Builds Foundation for Patient-oriented Research

Health Minister Erin Selby and Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose at the SPOR Support Unit Announcement on Feb. 21, 2014

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Manitoba Health Minister Erin Selby were joined by Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Dr. Digvir Jayas, Vice-President Research, University of Manitoba, to announce the launch of the Manitoba SUPPORT Unit for patient-oriented research.

Province of Manitoba – News Release
Centre for Healthcare Innovation



The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) has re-launched the e-Health Innovations Catalyst Grant in partnership with the CIHR Institute of Aging (IA) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Funding opportunity objectives: The aim of the e-Health Innovations Catalyst
Grant is to fund novel approaches to e-health innovation that will improve the
quality of patient and population centered care and improve Canada’s
competitive position in the e-health innovation industry. The proposed research
must evaluate cost and at least one of the domains of quality including
effectiveness, efficiency, equity, patient centeredness, safety and timeliness.

To learn more about the opportunity and how to apply – Click here.

To register for the informational webinar – Click here.


Dr Jane E Aubin, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice-President for research and knowledge translation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Dr Jane E Aubin, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Chief Scientific Officer and Vice-President for research and knowledge translation, offers an exclusive insight into the funding agency’s new strategy for patient-orientated research.

Read the article in Research Media Ltd. – Click Here