Societal Impact

We convene experts in industry, civil society, healthcare and government with CIFAR research programs for in-depth, cross-sectoral engagements and collaborations. The two-way dialogue is focused on timely and relevant issues that will develop new ways of thinking and promote changes in policy and practice.

Path to CIFAR’s Societal Impact

CIFAR takes a phased approach to implement a societal impact plan that is tailored to each of CIFAR’s research programs and respective audiences.  

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Phase One: Exploration
(Year 1)

  • Stakeholder mapping
  • Roundtable dialogues
  • Evidence synthesis

Phase Two: Engagement
(Year 3+)

  • Goal setting
  • Community building
  • Evidence translation

Phase Three: Mobilization
(Year 5+)

  • Experimentation
  • Innovation
  • Evaluation

Phase Four: Diffusion 
(Year 10+)

  • Scaling
  • Dissemination
  • Impact

Sectors We Work With

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Health & Well-being

Driving outcomes in the health and well-being of populations around the world with pharmaceutical and medical device industries, clinical medicine, public health, international development and civil society research leaders.
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Industry & Technology

Promoting technological innovation alongside industrial R&D leaders, governments and public institutions.
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Policy & Society

Supporting informed policy-making through research exposure alongside thought leaders from government, international development, public health, and other policy experts

2018-2019 at a glance

Three target sectors

  • Health & well-being
  • Industry & technology
  • Policy & society


Events & activities


CIFAR research program members participated


Global thought leaders participated

  • 64 from Health & Well-being
  • 65 from Industry
  • 133 from International Development & Public Policy


Partnerships developed to support our efforts