Clinician Investigator Program

About the Program

The goal of the University of Manitoba Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) is to improve the health of society by providing the next generation of medical and surgical specialists with the leading-edge graduate research training necessary to become successful clinician scientists.

CIP research training can occur either within or immediately after a Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada clinical residency program. Eligible areas of research include all four Canadian Institutes of Health Research pillars (biomedical, clinical, population health and health services research) as well as health research in related areas such as economics, education, e-health, engineering, or ethics. Achieving the CIP designation requires a minimum of two years of formal training at the Masters, Doctoral, or Post-Doctoral level. Depending on career stage,  CIP training may serve as a formal introduction to research, an intermediate step in research career training, or as the final research training experience prior to faculty appointment. 

Overall Goals and Objectives for CIP trainees address each CanMEDs Role. 

CIP Training Goals and Objectives 

Intake Information: Applications due November 1

The next CIP application deadline is November 1, 2018 for a July 1, 2019 start date.

To apply, please submit the following application and registration forms along with all requested supporting documents via email to  

CIP Application Form and Checklist

CIP Registration Form

Please review the Current CIP Trainee Resources page for more detailed program information and important dates.

Frequently Asked Questions

 When should I start planning CIP? 
Building a great support committee and designing a research project can take time. It is highly recommended that you start planning your time in CIP as early as possible. The CIP Director is happy to help trainees develop their plans. We encourage you to involve CIP and your clinical department faculty throughout the planning process.

How are CIP trainees funded?
Accepted trainees are guaranteed funding for the full 24 month program at appropriate PGY level through the use of PGME Flex Spots and other funding awards and partnerships. However, CIP trainees are required to apply for external salary awards for their second year. This improves the trainee's resume and, if successful, frees up the Flex Spot funding so that it can be used to sponsor more future CIP trainees.

Some surgery specialties offer 1 year of funding to complete a research-based Masters degree. This program may be combined with CIP to fund one of the two years provided this is arranged ahead of time and the trainee is enrolled in CIP prior to starting the Masters of Surgery year.  

 What are my options for graduate degree programs?
There are many options for graduate programs and you do not have to stay in Winnipeg to complete your research. We recommend meeting with your advisors and with the CIP Director to determine where your research should be conducted to have the most impact and benefit for your career. Only research-based graduate programs shall be considered for CIP, not course-based.

Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba

How long will I be in CIP?
The program is a minimum of 24 months of active research (minimum 80% protected research time) but can often span up to 4 years, depending on the type of research project and graduate degree.

What are the major benefits of CIP?
This program provides thorough, hands-on research training and experience that will help you to establish yourself and succeed in your chosen field. Some specific benefits include:
- Protected, mentored research time
- Specially designed academic curriculum which addresses all major aspects of conducting health research
- Support from a group of peers pursuing similar projects
- Graduate degree, making you more competitive for faculty positions

More questions?
Feel free to contact the CIP Program Administrator at any time.



CIP Administrator
Phillip Snarr
260 Brodie Centre, 727 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3E 3P5

Dr. Shayne Taback, MD. FRCPC 
CIP Program Director
510-715 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3E 3P4


Current CIP Trainee Resources

Faculty CIP Resources

CIP Handbook