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Simple keyword searches

When you search Cognit.ca you can simply type in one or more keywords. When you submit your search, Cognit.ca searches for projects, facilities or IP where all of those words appear.

Search text Cognit.ca returns
quantum all projects where the word "quantum" appears in the keywords, title or abstract of a tri-council funded project, CFI research facilities or patent
quantum computing all projects where the word “quantum” and the word “computing” appear in the keywords, title or abstract (not necessarily together). This is equivalent to the Boolean search “quantum & computing”
history women science engineering all projects where the word “history” and “women” and “science” and “engineering” appear in the keywords, title or abstract (not necessarily together) of tri-council funded project. This is equivalent to the Boolean search “history & women & science & engineering”

Advanced searches

In addition to simple keyword searches, you can also perform advanced searches using the following Boolean operators:

  • | for OR
  • & for AND
  • :* as a wildcard
  • () to group parts of a query
Search text Cognit.ca returns
(quantum | advanced) computing all projects containing the words quantum computing OR advance computing
Congenital heart & (disease | failure) all projects containing the words congenital heart disease OR congenital heart failure
quantum | advanced) comput:* all projects containing the words quantum computing OR quantum computer OR advanced computing OR advanced computer
hist:* women scienc:* (engin:* | genie) all projects containing the words (histoire OR history) AND women AND (science OR sciences) AND (engineer OR engineering OR genie)

Searching in English or French

Projects in the Tri-council awards databases appear in the language used by the applicants. Some applicants will have provided a translation of their abstract. At this time, COGNIT.CA searches the awards databases, as provided by the Tri-councils. Accordingly, COGNIT.CA users can search in French and in English at the same time.

Search text Cognit.ca returns
(water treatment) | (traitement eaux)) all projects containing the words water treatment OR traitement eaux
(cranberry | canneberge) all projects containing the words cranberry OR canneberge

At this time, project summaries are displayed in the language used by the applicant.


Filtering the Results

By default, COGNIT.CA will search across all years, (2010-2017), all granting councils (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR), and all provinces and territories. A user can narrow by clicking on the search bar funnel and select the years, granting councils and provinces. Province filters apply to institutions, researchers and facilities. Research area and years filters apply only to research projects.