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CIFAR creates unexpected opportunities for intellectual exchange.

Ann Swidler
Associate, Successful Societies

CIFAR By the Numbers

CIFAR’s annual budget is $16 million. Currently, there are 11 interdisciplinary research programs.

Since the Institute’s inception, 14 Nobel Laureates have been associated with CIFAR.


  • Roger B. Myerson (Economic Sciences), Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • George A. Akerlof (Economic Sciences), Institutions, Organizations & Growth, and Social Interactions, Identity & Well-Being
  • Anthony J. Leggett (Physics), Quantum Information Science
  • John C. Polanyi (Chemistry), Nanoelectronics
  • Philip W. Anderson (Physics), Quantum Materials
  • Daniel Kahneman (Economics) Social Interactions, Identity & Well-Being
  • Sidney Altman (Chemistry), Evolutionary Biology
  • Kenneth Arrow (Economic Sciences), Economic Growth & Policy
  • Walter Gilbert (Chemistry), Evolutionary Biology
  • Leland H. Hartwell (Medicine), Genetic Networks
  • Robert B. Laughlin (Physics), Quantum Materials Program
  • Richard J. Roberts (Medicine), Evolutionary Biology
  • Michael Smith (Chemistry), Evolutionary Biology Program
  • Willard Boyle (Physics), Research Council member
  • David Wineland (Physics), Advisory Committee Quantum Information Science

CIFAR supports 345 distinguished Canadian and international researchers:
  • 294 Program Members
  • 53 Advisory Committee Members

CIFAR researchers currently represent 16 countries:
Austria, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.

CIFAR researchers are based in Canada and abroad:
  • 61% of program members are based in Canada
  • 20% of advisory committee members are based in Canada

CIFAR researchers represent 109 academic and research institutions around the world:
  • Program members are based at 91 institutions
  • Advisory committee members are based at 43 additional institutions

Updated October, 2013
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