This is an archive of Canada at AAAS 2013.


1. Canada Excellence Research Chairs

Launched in 2008, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program supports Canadian universities in their efforts to build on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation. The program awards world-renowned researchers and their teams up to $10 million over seven years to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. These awards are among the most prestigious and generous available globally. In June 2011 the Government of Canada announced the creation of 10 new awards, and the competition is currently underway. 

2. Canada Foundation for Innovation

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians. Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has committed $5.27 billion in support of more than 6,600 projects at 130 research institutions in 65 municipalities across Canada.

CFI Policy and Program Guide

  • Leading Edge Fund/New Initiatives Fund competitions
  • Leaders Opportunity Fund
  • Infrastructure Operating Fund
  • Major Science Initiatives Program
  • College-Industry Innovation Fund
  • Automotive Partnership Canada Fund
  • Exceptional Opportunities Fund

3. Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program is designed to attract and retain the best talent at Canadian universities. Canada Research Chairs are chosen from Canada and around the world, helping Canadian universities achieve research excellence in the health sciences, the natural sciences and engineering, and the social sciences and humanities. Since the program’s launch in 2000, chairholders have improved Canada’s reputation as a leader in research excellence, improved the quality of life of Canadians, and strengthened the country’s international competitiveness and graduate training capabilities.

Chairholders are also eligible for infrastructure support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to help acquire state-of-the-art equipment essential to their work.

4. Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

Established in 1982, CIFAR is an independent research institute comprising nearly 400 researchers from more than 100 academic institutions in 16 countries.  Our multidisciplinary research networks bring together internationally respected scholars and scientists to address major global questions and challenges. Their work is focused on improving human health and the environment, transforming technology, building strong societies, deepening cultural insights and expanding our understanding of the universe. As a public-private partnership, CIFAR is supported by the Government of Canada and provincial governments, as well as individuals, foundations and corporations.

Currently, CIFAR funds twelve different research Programs:

5. Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

6. International Development Research Centre

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. IDRC also encourages sharing this knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring choice and change to those who need it most.

7. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Find out about how the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) invests in international research collaboration and in discovery and innovation in Canada. NSERC supports the advanced research and scholarship of more than 40,000 Canadian professors and students, and partners with more than 1,500 Canadian companies in post-secondary research projects.

8. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is a federal granting agency that supports the highest levels of research excellence in Canada. SSHRC facilitates knowledge sharing and collaboration across research disciplines, universities and all sectors of society. SSHRC-funded research and training programs foster the development of the talented and creative people that Canada and the world needs to thrive in the global knowledge economy.

9. Canada-U.S. Fulbright Awards

Excellence in scholarship, diversity, and community service are the hallmarks of the Fulbright Program. The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program encourages and promotes bi-national collaborative research and thoughtful public debate on topics that reflect the broad range of contemporary issues relevant to Canada, the United States, and the relationship between the two countries. The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program operates on the principle of reciprocal exchange and provides the opportunity for outstanding students and scholars from Canada and the United States to embark on a residential academic exchange in the other country. By allowing our generation’s best and brightest to experience a different culture and to get exposed to new ideas, the program aims to bring a little more knowledge, reason and compassion into world affairs, thereby increasing the chance that nations will learn to live in peace and friendship.