CIFAR - Global Call for Ideas 2021: The Future of Being Human


Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). 


Global Call for Ideas - The Future of Being Human.

For More Information

For full details on the program and how to apply, please visit the CIFAR Global Call for Ideas webpage.


CIFAR’s third Global Call for Ideas is soliciting proposals for new CIFAR programs related to "The Future of Being Human". New program proposals should explore the long term intersection of humans, science and technology, social and cultural systems, and our environment. The understanding of the world around us, and new insights into individual and societal behaviour, have the potential to provide enormous benefits to humanity and the planet. 

CIFAR invites bold proposals from researchers at universities or research institutions that ask new questions about the complex emerging world. We are confronting challenging problems that require a diverse team incorporating multiple disciplines (potentially spanning the humanities, social sciences, arts, physical sciences, and life sciences) to engage in a sustained dialogue to develop new insights, and change the conversation on important questions facing science and humanity.

CIFAR is committed to creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. CIFAR welcomes proposals that include individuals from countries and institutions that are not yet represented in the research community.


For full details on program eligibility criteria, please visit the CIFAR Global Call for Ideas webpage, and review the program guidelines document.

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


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

External Deadline

CIFAR will host a webinar session to provide applicants with more information about the call. The webinar will take place on Monday June 28th, 1:00 - 1:45 pm ET. To register for the webinar, please visit the webinar registration webpage

Internal Deadline

Internal Notification of Intent to Apply: 

Please email Karina McInnis, Associate Vice-President, Research Services ( and the ORS ( by July 8th if you are interested in submitting a letter of intent. 

External Deadline

Registration deadline for this call is August 17th, 2021. If you are interested in submitting a letter of intent, please register through the CIFAR portal by the deadline.

Internal Deadline

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

External Deadline

Applicant to submit letter of intent through the CIFAR portal.

Qualified applicants will be invited in Spring 2022 to submit a full proposal. Please inform if you are invited to submit a full application.

How to Apply

For full details on the program and how to apply, please visit the CIFAR Global Call for Ideas webpage, and review the program guidelines document, as well as the FAQ section.

For Questions, please contact

For inquiries related to this call, please contact CIFAR at

Office of Research

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

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