CIFAR's Research Programs

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Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness

What are the origins and mechanisms of consciousness?

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Bio-inspired Solar Energy

How can we learn from nature to harvest energy from the sun?

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Child & Brain Development

How do early childhood experiences affect lifelong health?

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Genetic Networks

How do the interactions among genes influence health and development?

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Gravity & the Extreme Universe

What is the nature of extreme gravity?

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Humans & Microbiome

How do microbes that live in and on us affect our health, development and even behaviour?

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Institutions, Organizations
& Growth

Why are some countries rich and others poor?

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Learning in Machines & Brains

How do we understand intelligence and build intelligent machines?

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Molecular Architecture
of Life

How does life originate and what are the processes that make life possible?

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Quantum Information Science

How do we build a quantum computer?

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Quantum Materials

How can superconductivity transform our society?

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Successful Societies

Why are some societies more successful than others?

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Our Fellows

CIFAR fellows take on tough questions that span disciplines. The answers they require can only be reached by international, interdisciplinary teams working together over a sustained period of time. Our 12 programs tackle questions across four broad areas: improving human health, creating successful societies, using technology to make life better, and sustaining life on Earth.

Global Call for Ideas

CIFAR invites the global research community to submit proposals for new programs that address complex, fundamental questions of importance to the world. 

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Announcement of competition results: Spring 2019



CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding and support to help scholars build their network and develop essential skills to become the next generation of research leaders. Researchers within five years of their first academic appointment from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.

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Upcoming Dates

The 2019 Call for Applications opens on December 3, 2018. The deadline for applications is February 5, 2019

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Global Scholars - Ajith Parameswaran