The Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute is a national hub for astroparticle physics research, uniting researchers, theorists, and technical experts within one organization.
Queen’s University led 13 Canadian institutions in creating the centre’s predecessor organization in 2015. The McDonald Institute, officially launched in 2018, works to enhance Canada’s global leadership in the field, which includes dark matter and neutrino research.
The Canada First Research Excellence Fund awarded $63.7 million to the Institute in 2016. It is using these funds to build on the legacy of Dr. Arthur McDonald’s 2015 Nobel Prize for work on neutrino physics at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. It is growing the pool of astroparticle physicists in Canada and supporting external collaborations that maximize scientific impact.
The McDonald Institute’s work reaches beyond the walls of academia. Technological advancements developed for astrophysics experiments provide opportunities to engage with Canadian industrial partners to realized downstream innovation and economic impact. Education and outreach resources and initiatives are also a priority for the McDonald Institute. Our goal is to make astroparticle physics accessible to everyone – inspiring the next generation of scientists and engaging Canadian society in our ground-breaking research.