About Us

Research Manitoba 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 2014/15 is $17,000,000 from the Department of Jobs and the Economy; the same amount that was invested last year in the research sources that have been now consolidated.

Our health research funding focuses on the support of new and mid-career investigators through the New Investigator Operating Grants and Mid-Career Operating Grants. In addition, salary support for trainees is provided through Clinical Fellowships, Co-ordinated Postdoctoral Fellowships and Co-ordinated Graduate Studentships.

Information about our funding in natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities will be added soon.


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 Jobs and the Economy. The Chair of the Board is Dr. Brian Postl, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University 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.


Information about MHRC transitioning to Research Manitoba will be added soon.

The following is the history of the MHRC:

The Act that gave legislative legitimacy to the establishment of the Manitoba Health Research Council was passed June 30, 1982. Hence 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the official establishment of the MHRC. However, council had operated for nearly two years (November 1980 to June 1982) without a formal Act of the Legislature. The following article provides an account of the MHRC’s history through excerpts from articles written by Drs. Lyonel Israels, Frits Stevens and John Hamerton, who played key roles in the administration of the MHRC and the promotion and support of research in the health sciences over the first 18 years of the Council. The article also provides updates from the last 11 years.