Science, Technology and Innovation Priorities for the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program and the Canada First Research Excellence Fund

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Healthy Canadians


Enhancing the health and wellness of Canadians across all life stages.

  • Promote physical and mental health and wellness, including addressing the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health
  • Prevent and treat disease, whether chronic, rare or infectious, including emerging public health threats and future pandemics
  • Support Canada’s readiness for health emergencies
  • Strengthen health care and primary care
Areas of focus
  • Aging population (e.g., chronic conditions, dementia, healthcare systems)
  • Antimicrobial resistance (e.g., OneHealth, microbiology, genetics)
  • Brain health (e.g., Alzheimer’s, dementia)
  • Indigenous health
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Precision medicine (e.g., treatment, prevention, diagnostics, imaging and analytics)
  • Primary care (e.g., delivery models, access, and outcome improvements)
  • Problematic substance abuse
  • Public and population health
  • Regenerative medicine (e.g., stem cells, tissue engineering, cell therapy)
  • Vaccinology and therapeutics (e.g., vaccine development, CAR-T cell research)
Cross-cutting disciplines and applications
  • Enabling technologies (e.g., AI, blockchain, genomics, quantum)
  • Social sciences and humanities, including ethics

Innovative and Resilient Communities


Building thriving communities that are inclusive, liveable, smart and safe.

  • Reduce economic and societal inequality, including through addressing systemic barriers to economic and social inclusion
  • Improve and strengthen public institutions and public trust
  • Support diverse forms of creativity to foster innovation
Areas of focus
  • Data (e.g., data privacy, security, collection, analysis, communication, ownership, use)
  • Governance and public institutions (e.g., democracy, security, public trust, law)
  • Healthy communities (e.g., social dimensions of aging; economic and social determinants of health)
  • Inclusive growth (e.g., business-sector innovation, digital economy, marginalization/inclusion, research barriers)
  • Inclusive societies (e.g., reconciliation, systemic barriers, cross-cultural understandings, social cohesion, transportation, housing)
  • Inequality (e.g., social, economic, health)
  • Resilient infrastructure
  • The North
  • Technological solutions to address community opportunities and challenges (e.g., smart cities)
  • Technology and society (e.g., impact and ethics of AI, bioscience, surveillance; impact of technology on relationships and human systems, transportation)
Cross-cutting disciplines and applications
  • Enabling technologies (e.g., AI, blockchain, genomics, quantum)
  • Social sciences and humanities, including ethics

Sustainable Food Systems


Maximizing Canada’s agri-food potential to support economic growth and secure, equitable access to food.

  • Protect food sources through clean innovations in agri- and aqua-culture that enhance biosecurity, support biodiversity and improve water and waste management
  • Enhance food quality, safety, stability and shelf life
  • Develop and apply innovative technologies to improve agricultural processes and products and reduce carbon emissions
Areas of focus
  • Agri- and aqua-culture (e.g., regenerative agriculture, genomics-enabled agriculture)
  • Agri- and irrigation technology (e.g., smart/precision agriculture, plant biotechnology, nanobiotechnology)
  • Bioeconomy
  • Climate change research
  • Food sovereignty (e.g.,Northern and Indigenous communities)
  • Indigenous-led agriculture (e.g., Indigenous plants, products, and knowledge)
  • Livestock health and sustainability (e.g., livestock vaccine research)
  • Plant health
  • Proteins and alternative food sources
  • Safety and security of food supply chain (e.g., blockchain technology)
Cross-cutting disciplines and applications
  • Enabling technologies (e.g., AI, blockchain, genomics, quantum)
  • Social sciences and humanities, including ethics

Clean and Resource-Rich Canada


Fighting climate change and protecting Canada’s environment while harnessing the potential of our natural resources to support a resilient, sustainable economy and high quality of life.

  • Fight climate change through the advancement of knowledge and applications in climate science (mitigation)
  • Enhance resiliency to the adverse effects of climate change (adaptation)
  • Preserve and protect the natural environment, including water, air and soil quality, and its biodiversity
  • Develop sustainable approaches to resource extraction and processing that maximize economic value and minimize adverse environmental impacts
  • Advance energy diversification and renewable and next-generation clean energy
  • Develop and accelerate the adoption of clean technologies across the economy and society
  • Integrate different knowledge systems, including traditional, community, and Western science
  • Accelerate progress in difficult-to-decarbonize sectors of the Canadian economy, such as aerospace
Areas of focus
  • Alternative energy technologies (e.g., carbon dioxide conversion; industrial-scale hydrogen production; high-performing clean battery technology; small modular reactors; wind and solar power; geothermal and waste heat)
  • Circular economy (e.g., waste treatment, management and value creation; greening manufacturing; sustainable food packing and new compostable materials to replace single-use plastics)
  • Clean technologies
  • Clean transportation (e.g., electrification, green aviation, clean fuels and materials)
  • Climate change research (e.g., mitigation; adaptation and resilience; climate monitoring, modeling and prediction; sensing technologies; human impacts; climate policy)
  • Conservation ecology (e.g., biodiversity, OneHealth)
  • Energy (e.g., sustainable oil and natural gas technologies and processes)
  • Forestry (e.g., forest ecology, fire science, sustainable forest management)
  • Green chemistry
  • Low carbon materials for the construction sector
  • Modern mining (e.g., sustainable mining technologies and processes)
  • Northern and Arctic (e.g., polar science, Indigenous resilience and adaptation)
  • Reducing energy consumption for the transport of data
  • Water (e.g., oceans science and technologies, blue economy)
Cross-cutting disciplines and applications
  • Enabling technologies (e.g., AI, blockchain, genomics, quantum)
  • Social sciences and humanities, including ethics

Technologically Advanced Canada


Advancing transformative and enabling technologies that will support a technologically advanced economy and society.    

  • Develop enabling and digital technologies and leverage disruption to support innovation
  • Transform manufacturing processes and practices to enhance productivity
  • Advance knowledge on public acceptance and adoption of new technologies
  • Accelerate transition to a more digitally enabled society
Areas of focus
  • Artificial intelligence (e.g., machine and deep learning; human emotions/language applications, including Indigenous languages; surveillance, computer vision)
  • Big data technologies and analytics (e.g., Internet of Things, blockchain, predictive and cognitive analytics)
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Cybersecurity (e.g., confidential computing technology and processes)
  • Genomics and applied science
  • Materials and processing technologies (e.g., new and advanced materials; chemical manufacturing; metal, non-metal, composite material, and photonics manufacturing; nanotechnology)
  • Micro-electronics and semi-conductors design and manufacturing
  • Next generation communication technology (e.g., 5G, 6G)
  • Photonics
  • Quantum technologies (e.g., quantum computing, quantum sensing)
  • Smart and digital manufacturing (e.g., robotics, embedded sensors, 3D printing)
  • Space economy
Cross-cutting disciplines and applications
  • Enabling technologies (e.g., AI, blockchain, genomics, quantum)
  • Social sciences and humanities, including ethics