About Us

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

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. 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.

Our Impact

CIFAR has had a significant impact on the way the world understands such critical issues as early child and brain development, artificial intelligence, building stronger societies, and many others. Our impact comes both from our long-term commitment to leading edge research and our efforts to connect stakeholders with the knowledge our programs produce. 

President's Message

Over three decades ago, CIFAR's visionary founders recognized the value of creating networks of outstanding researchers from across Canada and the world to focus on important questions and challenges.

Read More from CIFAR's president

Our Fellows

CIFAR fellows are among the most highly cited and honoured researchers in the world, including 19 Nobel laureates who have been associated with CIFAR since its inception. All share a commitment to long-term collaboration in pursuit of answers to important questions.

See a full list of our fellows

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

CIFAR is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We recognize that bringing together individuals from multiple backgrounds, perspectives and experiences is integral to advancing excellence and increasing the impact of our organization. Ensuring that every person feels valued and welcome is vital to achieving our mission, and embodies our values of diversity, excellence, respect and collaboration.

CIFAR at a Glance

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Our Team

CIFAR is supported by a team of professionals who are passionate about enabling ground-breaking research, and the application of that research to challenges of global importance.

Find out more about CIFAR's team

Leadership Team

Meet our Board of Directors, Directors Emeriti, Council of Advisors, Research Council, Executive Group, and Ideas Exchange Advisory Council


Honorary Appointments

Meet our Distinguished Fellows and Honorary Fellows


Partners & Supporters

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.

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