Training the next generation

Today’s generation of young researchers see a future they want, and they intend to create it. They are curious, ambitious, innovative and collaborative problem solvers. We help make sure they have what it takes to realize their potential, by providing the environments where they find their inspiration, their highly skilled training, their mentors and the roadmap to their future. In CFI-funded facilities, this new generation: gains advanced knowledge working with leaders in all fields; develops sought-after skills through hands-on experience; and gets real-life experience that opens up job prospects in all sectors.


Supporting the new generation
Stats and facts on how cutting-edge infrastructure helps train students and post-docs, giving them a competitive advantage to build their future. 
Read the Supporting the new generation  report (PDF)

Focus group report
Equipping a new generation for success
Infrastructure funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation enriches the training environment at research institutions in Canada and helps students and postdoctoral fellows acquire skills and expertise that give them a competitive advantage.
Read the Equipping a new generation for success report (PDF)

The future belongs to the highly skilled
How working in leading-edge research labs is preparing a new generation for success, in the lab and out

For young people in Canada, the skills needed to start a career are not what they once were: an increasingly technology-driven and competitive economy demands a work force with increasingly advanced and comprehensive capabilities. The creative and widespread use of advanced research tools and facilities across disciplines is an invaluable way to train not just scientists, but also entrepreneurs and professionals of many stripes. Read the story

In our opinion

How can we continue to transform Canadian research? Look to the new generation

Canada is primed for a transformational moment in research, one that fully recognizes the potential of the student rank. These young people have access to top-of-the-line equipment on which to hone their skills and become passionate about their work. And this has greatly contributed to their capacity to contribute to the health, safety and prosperity of our nation.


Dealing with mercury in food
PhD student, Catherine Girard, studies the impact of mercury in country food in the North


Giving back to her Cree community
Master’s student, Jaqueline Anaquod, is committed to helping her Indigenous community thrive through her efforts to revitalize the Cree language

A better way to measure pain in children
PhD student, Emmanuel Alabi, is looking for a way to objectively rate pain to help those who can’t communicate

Helping more young women choose engineering and computer science
Carleton University graduate, Daniella Niyonkuru, leads by example. As a successful computer engineer and devoted mentor, she is showing girls that a career in tech is within reach