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CIFAR understands that the search for knowledge is the defining feature of humanity’s great, unfolding story.

Richard Ivey
Chair of Principal Gifts Campaign

CIFAR By the Numbers

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

Since the Institute’s inception, 15 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 340 distinguished Canadian and international researchers:
  • 287 fellows and associates
  • 53 advisors

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:
  • 64 per cent of fellows and associates are based in Canada
  • 19 per cent of advisors are based in Canada

CIFAR researchers represent 104 academic and research institutions around the world:
  • Fellows and associates are based at 88 institutions
  • Advisors are based at 42 additional institutions

Updated November 2014
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