CIFAR AI Catalyst Grants


Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) 


CIFAR AI Catalyst Grants


The National Program Committee of the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy is seeking proposals for CIFAR AI Catalyst Grants.

Funding of up to $50,000 per year for up to two years is available to support NEW collaborative research and exchange with current Canada CIFAR AI Chairs. Applicants must be Canadian Principal Investigators (PIs) located at different institutions and not affiliated with the same AI Institute (Amii, Mila or the Vector Institute), who have not previously collaborated. CIFAR AI Catalyst grants are intended to catalyze new research areas and collaborations in machine learning and its application to different areas of science and society. Preference will be given to:

  • Proposals that are multidisciplinary (i.e. co-investigators come from different disciplines); and/or
  • Proposals that advance training opportunities for underrepresented groups; and/or
  • Proposals that include early-career investigators.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility:

  • Proposals must be submitted jointly by at least two PIs, each based at different Canadian institutions and not affiliated with the same AI Institute
  • One applicant must be a current Canada CIFAR AI Chair
  • The applicants must not have previously collaborated (no co-authored publications)
  • Applications will be accepted from researchers based at any Canadian institution and in any discipline, but applicants must be eligible to apply for funding from the Tri-Council
  • If approved, funding will be awarded to the CCAI Chair’s AI Institute and they will administer annual payments of the grant

Funding Availability

CIFAR expects to fund 10 two-year projects.

Maximum Project Value

$50,000 per year for up to two years.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

2 years.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit a PDF copy of the application, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

Proposals due to sponsor through CIFAR's online application portal.

How to Apply

Apply using CIFAR’s online application portal and select "Streams". For more information on the CIFAR AI Catalyst Grant and how to apply, please visit their website.

For Questions, please contact

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Office of Research

Vanessa Knox, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x53429

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