About Us

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CIFAR is a Canadian-based global research organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address the most important questions facing science and humanity.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 20 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 20 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

Our Impact

CIFAR supports long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, providing researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our impact is made at all stages of the research process, from early inquiry to the ways new knowledge is applied.

This kind of impact is distinct from the outcomes that many expect when thinking about research questions. CIFAR’s impact benefits entire fields of study, leading to discoveries, cures, treatments, inventions and patents.

CIFAR’s unique model has enabled numerous advances. Below are a few examples of how, over time, CIFAR has directly changed the research landscape in a way that has led to scientific advances and societal benefits.

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President's Message

Over three decades ago, CIFAR's visionary founders recognized the value of creating networks of outstanding researchers from across Canada and the world to focus on important questions and challenges.

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Our Fellows

CIFAR fellows are among the most highly cited and honoured researchers in the world, including 20 Nobel laureates who have been associated with CIFAR since its inception. All share a commitment to long-term collaboration in pursuit of answers to important questions.

See a full list of our fellows

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

CIFAR is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We recognize that bringing together individuals from multiple backgrounds, perspectives and experiences is integral to advancing excellence and increasing the impact of our organization. Ensuring that every person feels valued and welcome is vital to achieving our mission, and embodies our values of diversity, creativity, excellence, risk taking, respect and collaboration. CIFAR strives to foster the active participation and inclusion of all, including those from underrepresented groups in research, such as but not limited to women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of sexual and gender minority groups – across geographic borders, disciplines, and career stage. In the pursuit of excellence, CIFAR embraces diverse ideas and perspectives, and proactively seeks to increase equity, diversity and inclusion within our community. CIFAR aims to create a culture that embodies these principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work.

CIFAR at a Glance

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Our Team

CIFAR is supported by a team of professionals who are passionate about enabling ground-breaking research, and the application of that research to challenges of global importance.

Find out more about CIFAR's team

Leadership Team

Meet our Board of Directors, Directors Emeriti, Council of Advisors, Research Council, Executive Group, and Ideas Exchange Advisory Council


Partners & Supporters

CIFAR is generously supported by the governments of Canada, Alberta and Quebec, Canadian and international partners, as well as individuals, foundations and corporations.

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