The Manitoba Health Research Council provides funds for research in the health sciences through a number of grants and awards programs from moneys received from the Province.
Core programs are funded by grants from the Government of Manitoba. Funding for 2012/13 is $6,002,600 from the Department of Innovation, Energy and Mines.
Our funding focuses on the support of new and mid-career investigators through the Manitoba Chairs Program and Operating and Establishment Grants. In addition, salary support for trainees is provided through Clinical Fellowships, Co-ordinated Postdoctoral Fellowships and Co-ordinated Graduate Studentships.
The MHRC is mandated to promote and assist basic, clinical and applied research in the health sciences in Manitoba and advise the minister on such matters relating to health research as the minister may refer to the council for consideration.
The MHRC is a provincial agency that reports to the Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines. The Chair of Council is Dr. Brian Postl, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba. There are 12 council members; ten are appointed by the Provincial Government and two are appointed by the University of Manitoba.
Council 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 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.