CIHR’s Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI)


CIHR’s Institute of Population & Public Health (IPPH) is working with six other CIHR Institutes on a new major initiative focused on advancing the science of how to create urban environments that maximize health outcomes and prevent harm.


While several smaller opportunities have already launched under the HCRI umbrella, the first large-scale funding opportunity, the Healthy Cities Research Training Platform, will be launching shortly. This opportunity is co-funded by CIHR with the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to support and reinforce the cross-disciplinary collaboration needed for implementation science training and healthy cities research.

For More Information

In further efforts to provide forward guidance, CIHR will be hosting an English Webinar - Aug 20 on Tuesday August 20, 2019, and a French Webinar - Aug 21 on Wednesday August 21, 2019, that will provide additional information about the HCRI and allow participants to ask questions. Webinar registration is limited but a recording of it and all related materials will be available to view online shortly after. 


The concept of healthy cities is a movement toward inclusive, equitable, safe, resilient, smart, and sustainable urban environments that help people engage in healthier behaviours and nudge towards decisions that will improve health. In creating the conditions necessary for good health – those where physical activity, social connectivity, economic opportunity and injury prevention, as well as access to health services, nutritious food, clean air and green space, are available and convenient – urban environments can become engines of good health.

The HCRI website is now live and provides an overview of our objectives, outlines some anticipated funding opportunities, and what researchers, practitioners and policymakers interested in this initiative can expect from CIHR and our partners. 

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