Nanotechnology research in Canada is performed by federal and provincial organizations, universities, and individual companies. This section does not include individual companies in its look at research. The organizations have been separated by their national or provincial focus as well as by province. The goal of this section is to understand what type of research foundation Canada has in nanotechnology today. This section also looks at organizations´ budgets and their sources of funding. This list of nanotechnology research organizations is not exhaustive.
Canada has even conducted nanotechnology experiments in space. May 19 to 29, 1996 Canadian talent and expertise figured prominently on Mission STS-77. Firstly, Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau celebrated his second flight into space. As well, Canadian scientific experiments on-board Space Shuttle Endeavour were part of the flight: the Commercial Float Zone Furnace (CFZF), the Aquatic Research Facility (ARF), the Nanocrystal Get Away Special (NANO-GAS) and the Atlantic Canada Thin Organic Semiconductors (ACTORS).
As part of the Organisation for Economic Coorperation and Development (OECD) activities to promote international co-operation in addressing human health and environmental safety aspects of manufactured nanomaterials, the OECD has developed a global resource which collects research projects that address environmental, human health and safety issues of manufactured nanomaterials. This database holds details of completed, current and planned research projects on safety, which are to be updated (electronically) by delegations. This database is also intended to be an inventory of information on research programmes to help the other projects of the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) by identifying relevant research projects or storing information derived from the projects of the WPMN, including the sponsorship programme on the testing of manufactured nanomaterials.