Health Research Initiative
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 strategic planning process. This could mean significant change for, and possible cancellation of, existing programs. Research Manitoba is currently analyzing feedback from a stakeholder survey, and anticipates having more information on 2018 programming available early in 2018.
We understand that this may bring about substantial changes and we greatly appreciate your patience as we work through this process.
The Health Research Initiative (HRI) Program annually provides $2 million to assist Manitoba health research centres in meeting a portion of their operational expenses related to conducting health research within the centre. The program is an incentive-based initiative, with the distribution of funds tied to the amount of research revenue each centre attracts from private industry and other sources from outside the province.
The indirect costs of research are an ongoing significant issue for health research institutions in Manitoba. The Government of Manitoba has indicated that it supports an integrated systems approach to addressing the indirect costs of Manitoba’s health research system. This type of approach will ensure that this issue is dealt with fairly and effectively in the short-term and for the future across the entire system of health research institutions. Research Manitoba is currently undertaking consultations with stakeholders to develop a strategy/solution for this pressing issue.