The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is committed to strengthening the clinical trials ecosystem to improve health care and health outcomes for all Canadians. CIHR is now looking to build a long-term strategy to support Canada’s clinical trials ecosystem. In the fall of 2022, CIHR launched Building the future of clinical trials, an online consultation with the research community, partners, and stakeholders involved in clinical trials. Participants were asked questions about CIHR’s role in funding clinical trials and in developing related policies and programs. Their discussions and preliminary recommendations will inform our ongoing conversations in order to shape the development of a long-term clinical trials strategy.
CIHR received a total of 44 responses from researchers, patient and citizen groups, research and health networks, government departments, and several organizations between September 28, 2022, and December 1, 2022. These 44 responses represent the collated comments from over 140 individuals, representing over 100 organizations or groups of stakeholders.