The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) is the provincial funding agency that plans the development of the health research sector. Supporting students, researchers and research clusters, the FRQS works in close collaboration with its public, private and charity partners in Québec, Canada and abroad.

The FRQS seeks to serve as a catalyst for health research in Québec by:

  • planning, coordinating and supporting the development of all public health research sectors and mobilizing the main stakeholders concerned;

  • fostering the emergence of research partnerships between the public sector, industry and the charitable community;

  • maximizing health research benefits for citizens, economic development and the province's standing in Canada and around the world.

The FRQS plans, develops and drives Québec's dynamic public health research sector. The first agency of its kind in Canada, the FRQS is at the heart of a vast research infrastructure network. Its effective model has been emulated elsewhere in Canada and around the world, and has enabled the agency to:

  • support outstanding researchers and students;

  • foster excellence in science, clinical research and research ethics;

  • encourage knowledge transfer and promote and disseminate research results;

  • foster national and international synergies and partnerships.

The FRQS funds a broad system of 17 research centres, 9 research groups and 18 theme networks made up of some 3,000 researchers and 6,000 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

FRQS research centres are located in university health centres (university hospitals and institutes and affiliated university centres), bringing together a critical research mass and enabling health centres to carry out the research and teaching missions required for recognition as a university institution. The programs of each research centre are in line with the health care and training sectors of excellence of their host institutions, and the FRQS ensures the complementarity of the institutional programs. The research centres facilitate knowledge transfer best practices in health care and services.

FRQS research groups are located in university institutions and include a smaller number of researchers collaborating on common themes.

FRQS research networks serve to virtually link health science researchers (chiefly members of FRQS centres and/or groups) based on a specific health issue. Network members may also work in organizations that are not funded by the FRQS such as CLSCs (community health care centres), regional health boards and private companies. By bringing together experts from across Québec around a targeted theme, the networks constitute a unique tool to create national and international research ties.

The FRQS believes that researcher access to adequate human and technological infrastructure is a determining factor in maintaining a competitive edge. It is for this reason that the FRQS invests close to 50% of its financial resources in supporting these three programs.