CIFAR Global Call of Ideas

Call for Letters of Intent closes on January 21st, 2018

For more than three decades, CIFAR’s global research programs have connected many of the world’s best minds – across borders and disciplines – to shape new perspectives and spark ground-breaking ideas. Our commitment to sustained research interactions and engagement through interdisciplinary research networks offers researchers the rarest of commodities: freedom to take intellectual risks that are essential for creating truly transformative knowledge.

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 sustained, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research program.

The Opportunity

CIFAR is pleased to announce a second Global Call for Ideas, inviting research leaders from around the world to identify important global research challenges that would benefit from CIFAR’s approach to sustained research interactions that include diverse perspectives.

Submissions must address global, complex questions and identify an interdisciplinary research approach. Proposals will be accepted from all areas of research.

CIFAR is now accepting Letters of Intent. To get started on your submission, you must first create an account on the CIFAR Portal.

Application Timeline and Process

Call for Letters of Intent opens: November 15, 2017

LOI deadline: January 21, 2018

Announcement of short-listed proposals: Spring 2018

Final proposal deadline: Fall 2018

Announcement of competition results: Spring 2019


Agency Name: 
Canada Institute for Advanced Research
Contact Name: 
Penny D'Agnone
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Social Science
Fine Arts
Grant Eligibility: