Canadian Institute For Advanced Research



Finding the root causes of human diseases. Developing technology to improve quality of life. Bridging the divide between rich and poor nations. Meeting our future energy needs. The toughest challenges facing humanity demand new ways of thinking.

CIFAR is founded on the belief that the grand possibilities and global problems will only be addressed with different and new ways of thinking. Established in 1982, CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global organization, comprised of nearly 400 fellows, scholars and advisors from more than 125 institutions in 18 countries.  Through its unique research programs, CIFAR connects many of the world’s best minds – across borders and between disciplines – to shape new perspectives and spark ground-breaking ideas. Pioneering thinkers, both early-career and distinguished, enjoy a precious and rare commodity: the freedom to take intellectual risks that through sustained effort have the potential to lead to transformative knowledge.

Our networks help support the growth of research leaders and are catalysts for change in business, government and society. Today, CIFAR researchers are working on global challenges that hold the potential to improve human health, transform technology, build strong societies and sustain the Earth.

CIFAR is generously supported by the governments of Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, Canadian and international partners, as well as individuals, foundations and corporations.