We convene extraordinary minds to address the most important questions facing science and humanity.
CIFAR's research programs bring together international, interdisciplinary researchers who work together for five-year terms. Programs are led by a director or two co-directors, engage approximately 20-40 fellows and advisors from around the world, and include two or three CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars for two-year terms.
CIFAR research programs create impact beyond academia through a highly collaborative strategy. Target areas for impact emerge from the program’s core research agenda, and the strategy is informed by long-term, iterative exchange of ideas and perspectives between program members and non-academic stakeholders.
Individuals & Society
2003, 2007, 2012, 2019
How do childhood experiences affect lifelong health?
Information & Matter
2004, 2008, 2014, 2019
How do we understand intelligence and build intelligent machines?
2002, 2007, 2012, 2019
How do we harness the power of quantum mechanics to improve information processing?
Earth & Space
How do we understand the life, groundwater and environment deep below the surface of a planet?
The following are completing their work as CIFAR programs:
2005, 2010, 2016
How do the interactions among genes influence health and development?
How does life originate and what are the processes that make life possible?
CIFAR fellows are collaborative researchers at the top of their fields.
Our community of fellows, advisors, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars, and Canada CIFAR AI Chairs includes more than 400 researchers from 18 countries. They regularly contribute to papers in the top 1% of most-cited papers worldwide. Fellows are selected for academic and communication excellence, and for how their expertise fits into the goals of a program.
We encourage our community of researchers to work across programs and disciplines.
Through Catalyst Funds, we facilitate and support high-risk ideas and projects within and across CIFAR’s portfolio of research programs. The time-limited grants provide flexibility for early-stage projects, encourage interdisciplinary collaborations, and address emerging and exploratory themes within or between research programs.
Discover the latest advances from our community.
Leah Cowen, co-director of CIFAR’s Fungal Kingdom program, discusses the often overlooked fungi, from new opportunitie...November 03, 2022
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Carolina Tropini, a fellow in CIFAR’s Humans & the Microbiome program, gives insights in studying the human microbiota...August 11, 2022
From designing instruments to detect water on Mars, to mapping the architecture of planets in 3D, CIFAR researcher John...June 30, 2022
Can we measure global happiness? Does using sanitation tools during COVID-19 pose longer-term threats to human health? T...December 22, 2021
"This project is about using AI to provide safe, fresh drinking water for rural communities."November 29, 2021
CIFAR researchers among key members of new Connecting the EdTech Research Ecosystem funded by Jacobs Foundation
CIFAR fellow Candice Odgers co-leads newly created research network dedicated to improving educational technologies for...November 11, 2021
David Rolnick and Tami Vasanthakumaran share their insights on equity, diversity and inclusion.October 15, 2021
AI researcher Samira Kahou is using AI for disaster responseOctober 05, 2021
CIFAR is a registered charitable organization supported by the governments of Canada, Alberta and Quebec, as well as foundations, individuals, corporations and Canadian and international partner organizations.