Long-term interdisciplinary collaboration
CIFAR’s research programs bring together international, interdisciplinary teams over a sustained period of time to work on complex questions. Programs are led by a director or co-directors, engage approximately 20-40 fellows, associate fellows, and advisors from around the world, and two or three CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars.
CIFAR research programs provide long-term opportunities for collaboration and the freedom to explore new questions. Programs are funded on a 5-year renewable basis and meet twice annually. Some programs run for decades.
For more on how programs are selected, read about our Global Call for Ideas.
For more on our funding mechanism for short-term research endeavours within our program, read about our Catalyst Funds.
CIFAR's research programs address critical questions across four theme areas: Life & Health, Individuals & Society, Information & Matter and Earth & Space.