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Research Facilities

Core Facilities

SFU's Core Facilities are shared research resources that support a wide community of users. These shared resources may include unique physical infrastructure, accompanied by expertise or services based around that infrastructure. 



4D LABS is SFU's open-access applications and science-driven core facility. It offers fully-customized research and development programs for researchers, start-ups and industry in any sector.

Scientific Director
Neil Branda |

Big Data Hub

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 |

BIO3 Lab

SFU’s BIO3 Lab is one of a few biosecure facilities in Canada that are certified by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Researchers can safely conduct research activities on Risk Group 3 pathogens to help advance breakthrough discoveries that will benefit society. Lab services and access is currently only available to the SFU research community.

Scientific Director
Ralph Pantophlet |

ImageTech Lab

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

Scientific Director
Carolyn Sparrey |

WearTech Labs

WearTech Labs is an SFU Core Facility that works with academia and industry to research and develop wearable technology that improves our lives.

Co-Scientific Directors
Edward Park |
Max Donelan |

Public Knowledge Project (PKP)

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing.  PKP is best known for Open Journal Systems (OJS): the world's most widely used journal management and publishing system.

General Inquiries

Scientific Director
Juan Alperin |

SFU Clean Hydrogen Hub

Located at Simon Fraser University's Burnaby campus, The SFU Clean Hydrogen Hub is new core facility that brings together industry, community, academia and government partners to advance the clean energy transition.

Other SFU facilities

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

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.

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.

    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.

      Research Data Centre

      The Research Data Centre (RDC) provides researchers with access to Statistics Canada's microdata which include datasets of surveys and administrative data. The SFU RDC offers a comprehensive and secure research environment open to any research working on an approved project. It is part of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRCDN) and the British Columbia Inter-university Research Data Centre.

      Canada Foundation for Innovation

      The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is a non-profit corporation that invests in research infrastructure at Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions. Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has supported researchers with the cutting-edge facilities, laboratories and equipment they need to push the frontiers of knowledge in all disciplines, to discover and to innovate. This has allowed Canada’s bright minds to contribute to creating a better world, with evidence-based policy-making, better health outcomes, a cleaner, greener environment, more vibrant cultures and more competitive Canadian businesses.

      CFI's Research Facilities Navigator is a directory of publicly funded research facilities that are opening their doors to collaborations with industry, academia and government. Launched in 2013, the Navigator’s unique platform helps researchers locate and connect with research expertise, state-of-the-art equipment and labs located in universities, colleges, hospitals and federal government facilities from across Canada. Eligible SFU researchers are encouraged to create (and keep up-to-date) their research facilities profiles. Learn more about eligibility and how to create or edit a profile.

      The CFI Innovation Fund provides investments in infrastructure, across the full spectrum of research, from the most fundamental to applied through to technology development. Projects funded through the Innovation Fund will help Canada remain at the forefront of exploration and knowledge generation while making meaningful contributions to generating social, health, environmental and economic benefits and addressing global challenges.

      See the list of SFU funded projects on the Canada Foundation for Innovation website.