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Affecting big change means making big moves.

But change doesn't happen overnight

Today’s complex and urgent challenges demand that we do more.

CIFAR connects the world’s great minds to address humanity’s greatest challenges. We support leading edge interdisciplinary research with the potential for global impact.

We can’t do it alone. Join us.

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If you believe that changing the world is a collective effort, and that the search for the best answers begins with asking the right questions, join us.

Impact Stories

Elizabeth Gerrits: Leaving a Legacy for future research

Elizabeth Gerrits: Leaving a legacy for future research leaders

Azrieli Foundation

Azrieli Foundation makes a visionary gift of $10 million to CIFAR

Corinne Maurice Global Scholar

Following her gut instinct


Our Impact

We live in a remarkable time, one that has been transformed by science and research. CIFAR Fellows are working in Bangladesh to help children overcome the effects of poverty and neglect, applying artificial intelligence to develop new forms of clean energy technology and helping vegetative patients communicate again.

We depend on your support to create impact like this. Explore the programs you are making possible.

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CIFAR meetings have been some of the most thought provoking that I have attended. To be surrounded by some of the movers and shakers in my field is an amazing experience and opportunity.

Alona Fyshe, Global Scholar, Brain, Mind & Consciousness, University of Victoria


CIFAR program meetings are some of the most invigorating and productive scientific meetings that I have ever attended. The levels of talent, experience, and new ideas that I’ve seen at every meeting are truly world class. I’m humbled everytime I walk into the room.

Scott Ransom, Associate Fellow, Gravity & the Extreme Universe, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

During my sabbatical, I declined nearly every meeting invitation, except for CIFAR’s. Being part of CIFAR has encouraged me to think bigger about the science I’m doing: to take more risks, to start new projects, and to take advantage of the unique expertise available in the research program. 

Maitreya Dunham, Senior Fellow, Genetic Networks, University of Washington

Maitreya Dunham