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CIFAR Global Call for Ideas

Title: Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
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Canadian Institute for Advanced Research


Global Call for new ideas

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) invites the global research community to submit proposals for new programs that address complex, fundamental questions of importance to the world. Ideas must be novel, bold and potentially transformative to warrant the creation of a long-term, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research program. Proposals will be accepted from all areas of research.

  • Call for Letters of Intent opens: November 15, 2017 
  • LOI deadline: End of January 2018 
  • Announcement of short-listed proposals: March 2018 
  • Final proposal deadline: October 2018 
  • Announcement of competition results: Spring 2019


CIFAR believes that important advances in knowledge come from collaboration among some of the world’s preeminent researchers.

Building on 35 years as a convenor of global research networks, CIFAR challenges the international research community to identify questions of importance to the world that require an interdisciplinary lens to advance understanding and promote positive change.

CIFAR’s collaborative approach and support for research is unique, focusing on complex, high-risk challenges and important questions in science that transcend both disciplinary boundaries and geographic borders. CIFAR supports sustained collaborations to address global problems, open new fields of enquiry, and accelerate the creation and mobilization of knowledge that will help solve these challenges.

CIFAR is comprised of close to 400 fellows, scholars and advisors from more than 115 institutions in 17 countries. CIFAR fellows are among the most highly cited and honoured researchers in the world. As many as 18 Nobel Laureates have been associated with CIFAR since its inception.

CIFAR is generously supported by the governments of Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, partners from around the world, individuals, foundations and corporations.

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For questions about the Global Call for Ideas, please email globalcall@cifar.ca or visit cifar.ca/cifar-global-call-for-ideas

Applicants are strongly encouraged to learn more about CIFAR by visiting cifar.ca