We all gain from better, long-lasting outcomes for patients and for Canada’s healthcare system.

That’s why Canada’s Health Research Foundation has a proud fifty-year tradition of investing year after year in life science. This includes funding for research and programs that support better patient outcomes, sustainable health care and improved quality of life for all Canadians.

For better patient outcomes.

Better ways to prevent and treat disease, improved vaccines to protect public health, as well as improved methods to care for patients. The outcomes demonstrate there is no substitute for research-based investments in health.

For sustainable health care.

There’s good reason to take pride in the Canadian approach to health care. Together, we ensure it remains sustainable for the long-term by investing wisely in solutions that help keep people healthy and our system of care viable. Innovation is the fuel behind health systems to accomplish more with the resources at our disposal.

For improved quality of life.

All Canadians benefit when we invest in innovation-driven health research through new discoveries and better methods of care. Partnerships with industry, government and academia ensure shared expertise and resources to improve the lives of Canadians.

Health research in action today

Today, HRF invests directly in the work of researchers who are pursuing bold new work with the aim of improving health outcomes for all Canadians. Learn more about the stories of our Fostering Innovation in Healthcare recipients.


University of Regina

Improving Patient Access to Internet Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Depression and Anxiety.

Celeste ALVARO

Ryerson University

Assessing the impact of healthcare facility design on health outcomes.


Université de Montréal

An innovation in clinical oncology care: improved continuum of care for cancer patients.

Melissa M. PARK

McGill University

Transforming mental health services: A participatory mixed methods study to promote and evaluate the implementation of recovery-oriented care.

Tamara DALY

York University

Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program for the South Asian Community in York Region.


How to apply for HRF research funding

Canadian researchers are invited to apply for HRF program-based research funding. Contact HRF’s Executive Director directly today for more details.




HRF Medal of Honour Awards Gala

Register here for the 2018 HRF Medal of Honour Awards Gala in partnership with Prix Galien and Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery, on November 20th, 2018.