Our investments support research that benefits Canadians
In CFI-funded labs and facilities across the country, researchers in all stages of their careers are making discoveries, supporting a robust innovation ecosystem and helping solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
QuébecWhy (and how) the songbird sings
Listening to what finches can teach us about our own neurobiology and how we acquire language
QuébecGetting fired up about the Arctic
Alexandre Langlois is passionate about all aspects of his job. As a researcher in Northern Canada, he studies the fastest-warming place on the planet and the problems that arise as the climate changes.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation has supported cutting-edge research in Canada for 25 years. In these videos, researchers reflect on how CFI funding has advanced their work and how future generations will benefit. They tell passionate stories of curiosity, commitment and innovation.
OntarioKeeping pollution in check, at the world’s freshwater laboratory
A network of lakes in Ontario provides a globally unique perspective on how human activity affects lakes and watersheds, so we can find ways to preserve them
OntarioCataloguing all the world’s living things, at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics
The University of Guelph is building a powerful inventory of every species on Earth in an effort to monitor and conserve biodiversity in the face of crisis
QuébecMaking movies of matter as it changes, with the Advanced Laser Light Source
Researchers at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique use Canada’s most powerful laser to probe everything from how plants grow to how metals behave under stress
QuébecHow Canadian research could help determine if we are alone in the universe
The James Webb Space Telescope has a uniquely Canadian invention aboard that, with help from research on the ground, reveals the composition of the atmosphere of planets outside our solar system and their potential to harbour life
Ontario,British ColumbiaSocial justice for a more empathetic world
Four inspiring researchers talk about how knowledge and understanding can create a more just tomorrow, from climate activism to social justice learning to queer rights to public health and wellbeing
British ColumbiaVaccination consteRNAtion
Anna Blakney wants to share with the world the power and potential of messenger RNA vaccines. She uses TikTok to post facts and fight fears
QuébecConcussions: A dizzying field of research!
There are 200,000 concussions every year in Canada. If you’re not an elite athlete, your odds of having a concussion are one in 10,000. Professional athletes, on the other hand, will experience three or four by the age of 20. But since there is no way of objectively diagnosing a concussion, and those affected are notoriously reluctant to report their symptoms, the real numbers are likely higher than anyone wants to admit. What stands in the way of acceptance and proper management of concussions?
Artist and curator, Tania Willard, of the Secwépemc Nation and Chantelle Richmond, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg researcher in Indigenous health and the environment, in conversation with the Right Honourable Paul Martin
AlbertaApplying quantum technology to solve some of our toughest real-world problems
University of Calgary partnerships exploring how quantum research can help to address “hard problems”
Nova Scotia,New BrunswickTracking the North Atlantic right whale
Ocean Tracking Network leveraging new technology to track whales and design interventions
ManitobaSea ice dynamics
University of Manitoba researchers look to the Churchill Marine Observatory for answers about a changing climate
AlbertaSearching for new cures with Western and Traditional Knowledge
Traditional Indigenous Knowledge helps guide the Prairie to Pharmacy initiative’s quest to fill Canada’s gap in natural product research and find new cancer drugs in prairie plants