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What We Do

I had job options in US. But I decided to join the University of Toronto; one of the main reasons was CIFAR.

Hae-Young Kee
Senior Fellow, Quantum Materials

What We Do


CIFAR builds long-term, multidisciplinary, collaborative teams of Canadian and international researchers to study diverse topics of importance to Canada and the world.

We identify the world’s best investigators in fields that address the most interesting and pressing questions of our time – whether in the social, biological, physical sciences or humanities. These global research networks catalyze sustained inquiry and discussion.

The results are as unpredictable as they are exciting, leading to new ways of thinking about and addressing central questions that confront humanity.

Today, the Institute has 12 research programs and several exploratory workshops in areas as diverse as human health, the environment, politics, economics, energy and IT.

CIFAR has also established Canada’s only national academy for postdoctoral training. The Global Academy builds Canada’s next generation brain trust by offering international and Canadian early-career researchers unparalleled access to the Institute’s network of international thought leaders.

CIFAR’s researchers include Nobel Laureates, Guggenheim Fellows, Royal Society of Canada members and many others at the top of their fields. Our commitment to excellence has allowed us to help recruit the world’s top researchers to Canada and keep them here, while ensuring that Canada’s best and brightest don’t leave for the US or overseas. Our international partnerships demonstrate Canada’s thought leadership to the world.

CIFAR fuels innovation by sharing knowledge that accelerates social, economic or technological development. CIFAR researchers are committed to creating a better future for the world by sharing their insights with leaders from government, business and industry, international organizations, and practitioners. Technological and social innovations arising from CIFAR’s research support Canada’s leadership at the forefront of the global knowledge economy.

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