This is an archive of Canada at AAAS 2013.

Research Partners

Association francophone pour le savoir – Acfas
(Available in French only)

Founded in 1923, The Association francophone pour le savoir – Acfas sets out to foster scientific endeavors, stimulate research and encourage the dissemination of research-based knowledge. Located in Montreal (QC) the Association brings together thousands of researchers from all domains. Its annual Congress is the most important multidisciplinary scientific event in the Francophonie.

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

As the national voice for Canadian universities, AUCC represents 95 public and private not-for-profit universities and university degree-level colleges. We are a membership organization providing university presidents with a unified voice and a forum for collective action. AUCC has represented the interests of Canadian universities since 1911.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

CIFAR is a Canadian non-profit research institute that has been changing the world of research and building Canada’s research capacity for 30 years. Today, our researchers are working on big questions with the potential to improve human health and the environment, transform technology, build strong societies, understand human culture and even chart the universe. CIFAR was founded on the belief that Canada has an important role in finding new ways to create a better future for the world. Our unique model inspires knowledge breakthroughs, advances Canada’s visionary thinkers and fuels innovation. Today, nearly 400 researchers in 16 countries participate in our long-term, multidisciplinary and collaborative advanced research teams. As a public-private partnership, CIFAR is supported by the Government of Canada and provincial governments, as well as individuals, foundations and corporations.

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.

Canadian Light Source

The Canadian Light Source (CLS) is Canada’s national centre for synchrotron research. Located at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, the CLS is a world-class, state-of-the-art facility that is advancing Canadian science, enhancing the competitiveness of Canadian industry and contributing to the quality of life of people around the world. The CLS is committed to being a world-leading centre of excellence in synchrotron science and its applications by working with the scientific community to promote the use of synchrotron light, promoting industrial partnerships and innovation, and engaging in scientific and educational outreach.

Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) conducts its activities through three key business lines: Space Utilization: serving the needs of Government Departments; Space Exploration: positioning Canadian Science and Technology to advantage in future international space exploration missions; and, Space Science and Technology: which drives synergy and builds capacity in Academia, Industry and government to respond to the current and future needs of Canada's Space Program.

The Canadian Space Agency’s is working closely with other departments to stimulate the use and development of Earth Observation applications linked to governmental priorities and their specific mandates. The CSA coordinates and manages a number of complex and interrelated space and ground assets, and programs that produce Earth Observation applications, which in turn, delivers substantial economic, societal and environmental benefits for Canadians.

CANARIE (Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network)

Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network that supports leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network. Together with 12 provincial and territorial advanced network partners, CANARIE enables researchers to share and analyze massive amounts of data, like climate models, satellite images, and DNA sequences that can lead to groundbreaking scientific discoveries. CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Organized annually by the Federation, the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest multidisciplinary academic gathering in Canada, attracting delegates from every province and territory and from around the world.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Imagine studying in Canada! The Education au/in Canada website provides information to international students and researchers about education opportunities in Canada. Find out what Canada has to offer you at

International Scholarships: Your Springboard to success! Opportunities for Canadian and non-Canadian students, Researchers, Academic Institutions, Faculty and other professionals to study in Canada and abroad

Grand Challenges Canada

Grand Challenges Canada, a new not-for-profit global health organization funded at $225M over five years from Canada's foreign aid budget, is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people in developing countries by integrating scientific/technological, business and social innovation. Its focus is on bold ideas with big impact. Grand Challenges Canada makes an important contribution to Canada’s role in global health by funding innovators in low- and middle-income countries to enable them to find solutions to the pressing challenges that they face, and bring these solutions to scale where they are needed the most.

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.

National Research Council

The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada's premier organization for research and development. With more than 4000 people across the country, NRC stimulates domestic prosperity by advancing knowledge in virtually every sphere of science and engineering. Working with clients and partners, we provide strategic research and technical services to meet Canada's current and future industrial and societal needs. We support the innovation activities of small and medium-sized businesses and help clients make the most of specialized science infrastructure, including Canada's national science library.

Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), a department of the Government of Canada, has a mandate to ensure the sustainable development and responsible use of the country's natural resources. We are an established leader in science and technology in the fields of energy, forests, and minerals and metals and use our expertise in earth sciences to build and maintain an up-to-date knowledge base of our landmass.

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.

Ocean Networks Canada

The Ocean Networks Canada Observatory, comprising VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada cabled networks, supports transformative coastal to deep ocean research and technology. It enables real-time interactive experiments, focused on ocean health, ecosystems, resources, natural hazards, and marine conservation. The Observatory is a national facility led by the University of Victoria for a pan-Canadian consortium of universities and partners.

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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.


TRIUMF is Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. As one of the world’s leading subatomic physics laboratories, TRIUMF brings together dedicated physicists and interdisciplinary talent, sophisticated technical resources, and commercial partners in a way that has established the laboratory as a global model of success. Its large user community is composed of international teams of scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students. The advances ensuing from TRIUMF’s research will enhance the health and quality of life of millions of Canadians, launch new high-tech companies, create new high specificity drugs, help us to understand the environment, enable the development of new materials, and spur the imaginations of our children who want to know their place in the universe.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain the world’s top-tier doctoral students. Vanier scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health by offering them a significant financial award to assist them while they study. Scholarship recipients will receive $50,000 each year for up to three years. The program aims to promote the development and application of leading-edge knowledge, support the development of a world-class workforce, and position Canada as a magnet for the world’s top graduate students.