Mobilizing the world’s top minds to answer the most complex questions of our time.

CIFAR is a Canadian-based global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address the most important questions facing science and humanity.

By building long-term, interdisciplinary, global communities of collaboration, CIFAR provides the world’s top researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing.

Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, created a culture of risk-taking, accelerated discovery, and yielded breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world’s first national AI strategy.

CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 23 countries. CIFAR is supported by the governments of Canada, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec as well as international partner organizations, individuals, foundations, and corporations.

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