Think tank

CIFAR is founded on the belief that the grand possibilities and global problems that face humanity will only be addressed with different and new ways of thinking. Through its unique research programs, CIFAR creates strong connections between the world’s top researchers that spark unconventional perspectives and groundbreaking insights. Pioneering thinkers, both early-career and distinguished, enjoy a precious and rare commodity: the freedom to take intellectual risks that through sustained effort have the potential to lead to transformative knowledge. Today, CIFAR researchers are working on global challenges that hold the potential to improve human health, transform technology, build strong societies and sustain the Earth.

Contact details

Address: MaRS Centre, West Tower 661 University Ave., Suite 505
, Toronto, ON M5G 1M1
Contact email: info AT

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Operating languages:
English, French

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Current leader(s): Alan Bernstein
Current leader's (or leaders') gender: Male
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Per cent of research staff that is female: 83%

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Data notes

Rating of data accuracy (find out more): OTT reviewed
Data sources consulted: Wikipedia: List of think tanks
Boundary Organization (find out more): Yes

This organisation may not be a traditional think tank. We have included it in this list as we deem it to be a 'boundary' organisation – in other words, it might have some qualities or characterstics of a think tank.

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