Research Facilities

Simon Fraser University provides world-class shared research infrastructure for its researchers. We have a long history of sharing research infrastructure at the institutional level, faculty level, at the department/school level, and at the level of individual faculty members granting other research groups access to their labs. 

SFU's Core Facilities

What is a core facility at SFU?

Over the last 10 years, SFU has invested in core facilities which are purpose-built to provide access to shared infrastructure across the SFU community and beyond. These facilities allow for the pooling of resources at a university scale, providing opportunities to acquire world-class equipment and to realize economies of scale in facility management.

View the Core Facility Program model

Core Facilities


4DLABS is SFU's open-access applications and science-driven core facility that offers fully customized research and development programs for researchers, start-ups and industry. 

Executive Director
Neil Branda |

Big Data

SFU is investing in the growth of data-intensive research across all eight faculties to raise awareness of big data in every field of study and mobilize knowledge for real world impact.

Scientific Director
Fred Popowich |

ImageTech Lab

The result of SFU's partnership with Fraser Health, the ImageTech Lab is a world-class medical imaging research facility—the first of its kind in Western Canada. 

Scientific Director
Carolyn Sparrey |

eBrain Lab (coming soon)

eBrain Lab's toolset often includes various forms of neurotechnologies (e.g., biosensors, brain stimulation), data mining techniques (e.g., signal or image processing, machine learning), virtual/augmented reality, behavioral assessments and computerized behavioral training. 

Scientific Director
Faranak Farzan |

University-wide research facilities

The following are SFU research facilities available to the entire university community. These facilities are not part of the Core Facilities Program model. 

Animal Care Services

Animal Care Services (ACS) at SFU is committed to providing faculty, staff and students with high quality, cost-effective research and teaching animal resources. In addition to suitable housing facilities and animal husbandry services for animals used in biomedical research, ACS provides veterinary services, personnel training and expertise in common laboratory methodologies, anaesthesia and surgical techniques for rodents, birds and fish.

SFU Library

Spread across SFU's three campuses in Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver, the SFU Library is: Open for research.  Open for learning.  Open for collaboration. The SFU Library subscribes to a number of citation databases. It also oversees the Simon Fraser University Open Access Policy.

Supercomputer Cedar

As one of four Canadian supercomputing and data centre sites, and one of the most power academic supercomputers in Canada, Cedar gives Canadian researchers access to the latest advanced research computing resources and expertise.