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.
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The following are completing their work as CIFAR programs:
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.
Year in Review: Top 10 CIFAR stories of 2021
Can we measure global happiness? Does using sanitation tools during COVID-19 pose longer-term threats to human health? T...December 22, 2021
Artificial intelligence provides sustainable solutions for clean drinking water in rural community
"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
CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Equity, diversity and inclusion in AI climate change research
David Rolnick and Tami Vasanthakumaran share their insights on equity, diversity and inclusion.October 15, 2021
CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
Predicting the perfect storm
AI researcher Samira Kahou is using AI for disaster responseOctober 05, 2021
A new quantum limit for electrons
Long-theorized property of strange metals reveals the universal speed limit of electrons.July 28, 2021
Irina Rish wants to solve one of AI’s biggest challenges
Her research will enable machines to learn new knowledge more efficiently.July 21, 2021
How has COVID-19 affected world happiness?
CIFAR Fellows and Canada CIFAR AI Chairs investigate happiness using interdisciplinary methodsMarch 17, 2021
Humans & the Microbiome
COVID-19 may forever alter our microbiomes
The virus (and our reactions to it) affects our health through the microbiome.January 26, 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.