The world’s most complex challenges — climate change, disease, global security, sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and the protection of human rights — require well-informed and coordinated efforts by governments, public institutions, NGOs, and the private sector. Governments around the world are moving towards mechanisms that allow myriad inputs and effects to be considered. Science and research are just one input in the policy process.
Researchers within CIFAR programs are shaping the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) into our everyday lives; identifying cultural and social frameworks that enable greater and equitable prosperity; understanding the biocultural context to host-microbiome interactions; and, improving understanding of the social determinants of health, including poverty, inequality and early childhood experiences.
CIFAR works to promote understanding of emerging science and scholarship and implications for policy so that policymakers are better prepared for emerging issues and disruption; to ensure research is informed by current policy and societal challenges.