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CIFAR Catalyst Fund

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We spark high-risk, high-reward research. 

Our Catalyst Funds are time-limited grants for fellows, advisors, and CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars that facilitate and support high-risk ideas and projects within and across CIFAR’s portfolio of research programs. The grants provide flexibility for early-stage projects, encourage interdisciplinary collaborations, and address emerging and exploratory themes within or between research programs.


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Our model enables innovative scientific advances.

CIFAR's Catalyst Funds often support multi-year collaborations. Several of these interdisciplinary projects had significant impacts realized recently.


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Projects in progress

The next paradigm shift may be underway.

Catalyst Fund projects often focus on emerging and exploratory themes; below are three examples from recent recipients.


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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.

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