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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced significant and rapid change in the way that research is conducted and how research-funding organizations function. This has, in some cases, accelerated innovation that may have otherwise taken years. In other cases, the negative impacts on organizations and individuals have been significant, including decreases in research activities not related to COVID-19, loss of revenues, and decreases in staff and research productivity overall. The pandemic presents an opportunity to be transformative in our approach to reimagining the health research ecosystem and to identify opportunities for research funders to build back wiser.

In light of these changes, the RSC has formed the Royal Society of Canada Working Group on Health Research System Recovery, in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), with support from the Knowledge Translation (KT) Program at Unity Health Toronto. The study team is conducting a research project to develop actionable recommendations to strengthen Canada’s health research system post-pandemic. As part of this project, the team is looking to hear from organizations on ways they have adapted to support COVID-19 pandemic recovery.

The Working Group on Health Research System Recovery

Dr. Sharon Straus, Director, Knowledge Translation Program, St. Michael’s Hospital
Dr. Tammy Clifford, Vice-President Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Dr. Bev Holmes, President & CEO, Michael Smith Health Research BC

Please click the link below to access the survey.

The target audience for the survey is:

  • leadership from health research funding agencies (public and charitable organisations)
  • health, public health and social care policy makers
  • leadership from research institutes, i.e. universities, non-governmental organisations, and university-affiliated research institutes

Please complete the survey by September 23, 2022.

The survey and the results received are the responsibility of the study team and not the Royal Society of Canada. Responses will be synthesized by relevant members of the KT Program, Unity Health Toronto.

If you have any questions or suggestions on additional ways to disseminate this survey, please do not hesitate to contact Robyn Beckett at

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