Research in Canada

With a highly educated workforce, world-class academic and research institutions, and robust start-up ecosystems across the country, Canada is the perfect place to grow your ideas, forge partnerships and take on some of the world’s biggest challenges through research.

Learn about the work we’re doing, both in Canada and internationally, to build an outstanding research system that supports creative ideas, advanced infrastructure, multidisciplinary collaboration and an inclusive science culture.

Partner with Canada

Our research community is working to solve some of the world’s toughest problems, and Canada is dedicated to training and recruiting top talent at all levels.

At the doctoral and postdoctoral levels, federal scholarships are available for Canadian and international students:

To support the work-life balance of early career researchers, Canada has expanded parental leave coverage from 6 to 12 months for students and postdoctoral fellows.

Finished your studies? Learn how you can stay in Canada after you graduate.

Canada also has excellent support programs for both Canadian and international researchers:


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Apply for research funding

Taking on the world’s biggest challenges requires science, innovation and collaboration. Canada has a variety of organizations to support partnerships and help you connect with the people and funding you need to turn your ideas and research into solutions for a healthier, more sustainable world.

Canada Foundation for Innovation: ensuring that Canadian researchers have the tools they need to push the frontiers of knowledge in all disciplines and to contribute to the full spectrum of research—from discovery to technology development.

EduCanada: providing information on international scholarship opportunities for non-Canadians.

Grand Challenges Canada: funding bold ideas with big impact that integrate science, technology, social and business innovation in low- and middle-income countries and Canada.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC): offering grants, funding and awards to researchers and institutions to find solutions for global development challenges.

Mitacs Accelerate International: supporting bilateral research collaborations between interns, universities and industry partners, both in Canada and abroad.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada: supporting students in their advanced studies, promoting and supporting discovery research, and fostering innovation.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: promoting and supporting postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

New Frontiers in Research Fund, International stream: supporting international collaborations and positioning Canadian researchers as strategic partners at the international level.


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Explore the research landscape

Research in Canada benefits not only from a diverse talent pool, skilled staff and well-equipped facilities, but also from the support of universities, research institutes, companies and government institutions. Find out more about Canada’s major research facilities and how Canada collaborates with research partners around the world.

Canada’s international gateway: a hub of information on how Canada is working with the world, including foreign policy, trade agreements and funding.

Government of Canada: carrying out four principal functions in Canada’s science and research ecosystem: 1) providing funding; 2) performing research through 13 science-based departments and agencies; 3) promoting science; and 4) collaborating globally.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada: working with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace. ISED is responsible for supporting Canada’s Global Innovation Clusters, the National Quantum Strategy, the Biomanufacturing and Life Sciences Strategy and the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, among others.

Canada Foundation for Innovation Research Facilities Navigator: a directory of research facilities in public research institutions across Canada. Find research facilities in universities, colleges, hospitals and federal government departments and agencies across Canada that are open to working with you on your research and innovation needs.

Canada Research Coordinating Committee: advancing federal research priorities and the coordination of policies and programs of Canada’s federal research funding agencies and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Canadian Light Source (CLS): enabling scientists from Canadian academic institutions and other countries to publish scientific papers highlighting discoveries in a wide variety of fields, in over 1,000 international scientific collaborations. The CLS is the brightest light in the country— millions of times brighter than even the sun—and is used by scientists to get incredibly detailed information about the structural and chemical properties of materials at the molecular level.

Federal research facilities: a directory of research facilities located across the country, with many opportunities to partner with and access these facilities for your research.

Genome Canada: addressing Canada’s greatest challenges and opportunities through research and innovation in genomics and associated biosciences.

National Research Council Canada: collaborating with research institutes and advanced centres of science and technology around the world.

Ocean Networks Canada: monitoring the west and east coasts of Canada and the Arctic to continuously deliver data in real time for scientific research that helps communities, governments and industry make informed decisions about our future.

Ocean Tracking Network: deploying Canadian-made acoustic receivers in key ocean locations and inland waters, and linking them through a shared data system with thousands of compatible receivers operated by national and international partners.

Office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada: providing science advice to government, ensuring openness and accessibility of research, and promoting science with the public, both nationally and internationally.

Perimeter Institute: a leading centre for scientific research, training and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics.

TRIUMF: Canada’s particle accelerator centre, which is pushing frontiers in research to advance science, medicine and business.

U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities: 15 of Canada’s most research-intensive universities dedicated to helping advance research and innovation policies and programs for the benefit of all Canadians.

Universities Canada: the voice of Canadian universities, at home and abroad, providing online information on university study and offering scholarships on behalf of private sector companies.


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